Ahmedabad Kubernagar News

Sale of Chinese manja continues despite ban
Times of India | 5 months ago
Times of India
5 months ago

Ahmedabad: Despite the ban on purchase of Chinese manja, the sale of the deadly nylon thread continues not just in markets of the city but online too. The ban is not found effective, with sale shifting under the counter instead of over the counter across certain select markets in the city.While Ahmedabad city police officials seized a stock of Chinese manja available in Sarkhej last week, TOI reporters who ventured out looking for Chinese manja in Delhi Darwaza and Kubernagar kite markets found at least a couple of dealers dealing in Chinese manja, albeit under cover.At the Sindhi market in Kubernagar area of the city, Chinese manja is available in the range of Rs 200 to Rs 700. On the contrary, the conventional manja is available for Rs 350 for a small reel.Until two years ago, before the Covid-19 pandemic, Chinese manja was available for as low as Rs 100-150 a reel – even cheaper than the conventional manja.“Yes Chinese threads are banned but they continue to be in demand right? So they will sure be available. A lot of things are restricted and yet they’re available. It’s festival time and those who want Chinese manja will diligently come looking for,” said a dealer in Kubernagar area, as he pulled out a reel of Chinese manja from a nylon sack placed near a shop in the area.Yet another dealer who operates in Delhi Darwaza area, also assured to fetch more reels based on requirement. “With increased restrictions, wholesalers and retailers don’t keep stocks at all due to repeated checking by police officials. However, independent sellers do keep the stock at their residence or other places and retail these items based on orders,” he said.Clearly, wholesale and retail kite and manja sellers at other markets namely Jamalpur, Kalupur and Raipur areas of the city, dealers tend to outrightly deny availability. Mohammed Ashrat, wholesaler at the kite market in Jamalpur, said, “Around 80% of the wholesalers are aware of the ban and do not sell Chinese manja. We are here to do business and nobody wants to mess with the law and pay hefty penalties. Many youngsters still come looking for them and they do manage to find the Chinese manja with some effort.”The Chinese manja is banned for use in kite flying. However, given its strength and durability, it is widely used for industrial purposes and even by decorators.“Therefore, the manufacturing continues to take place round the year. Even before the ban, the sale widely took place around Makar Sankranti festival simply because of its easy availability,” Ashrat added.Sources said that Chinese manja is often procured from Indore and Dehgam and are largely available in Kubernagar, Sarkhej and Delhi Darwaza markets of the city.

Sale of Chinese manja continues despite ban
50k teenagers get Covid shots in Ahmedabad
Times of India | 5 months ago
Times of India
5 months ago

Ahmedabad: The health department of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) on Tuesday vaccinated 50,164 school students, under its Covid-19 vaccination drive for the 15 to 18 years age group which began on Monday. Vaccination was carried out at 80 urban health centres and 80 municipal and private schools that have been identified for vaccination camps. The most vaccinations were administered in the city’s North West and North Zones. In the North West Zone, which covers Ghatlodia, Thaltej, Gota, Bodakdev, Chandkheda and Bopal, 9,138 teens received vaccine shots. “In the North Zone, which covers Sardarnagar, Krishnagar, Saijpur, Naroda and Kubernagar, some 9,106 teenagers were vaccinated on Tuesday,” said an AMC official.

50k teenagers get Covid shots in Ahmedabad
  • 16% of eligible teens get jabbed; 1,259 new Covid cases in Gujarat
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: On the first day of the Covid vaccination of 15-18 years age group, Gujarat inoculated 4.94 lakh teens till 5 pm. As the state has about 30 lakh beneficiaries in the age group, the state achieved about 16% coverage of the population on the first day of vaccination. Meanwhile, the daily Covid cases continued its upward climb - in 24 hours ending 5 pm on Monday, Gujarat added 1,259 cases, the highest in the past 215 days. It was a 30% spike compared to 968 cases on Sunday. Out of total, 631 or 50% cases were recorded from Ahmedabad city alone. The active cases crossed the 5,000-mark after over seven months at 5,858. Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel started the vaccination drive in the state from a school in Koba near Gandhinagar on Monday morning. "Across Gujarat, over 700 schools carried out the camps for inoculating students," said a senior state health department official..

  • Covid-19: 2.5 lakh teens identified for jabs in and around Ahmedabad
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: The civic authorities on Saturday said a vaccination drive will begin on Monday which will include teens between 15 and 18 years, and will cover about 2.5 lakh persons in the city its periphery.“A meeting of DEOs identified children primarily from 700-odd schools for vaccination. The city mayor will kick-off the vaccination campaign from a private school in Chandkheda on Monday morning,” said a senior AMC official.Manoj Aggarwal, ACS (health), on Saturday announced that there would be a mega drive on January 7, to vaccinate teens eligible for vaccination. “Our focus will be on-the-spot registration at schools and designated vaccination centres so we can cover both school-going and non-school going teens. Vaccines will be administered at 3,500 centres,” said Aggarwal, adding that the state has adequate vaccine doses.Health department officials said that about 36 lakh teens will be covered and vaccinators will also hold camps with organizations working on disabilities, observation homes and ITIs. The sessions for teens will also be longer than the existing times of 9am to 6pm for maximum coverage in the least possible time, they added.Aggarwal added that 13-14 lakh persons in the state will get booster doses from Jan 10, for which preparations are complete.

12 residential, 37 commercial units sealed
Times of India | 6 months ago
Times of India
6 months ago

Ahmedabad: In its drive against buildings that do not have valid building use (BU) permission, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) sealed 12 residential property units on Wednesday. The sealed houses are near Al Mubarak Residency in Danilimda. The civic body’s town planning and estate department also sealed 37 commercial units in areas such as Kubernagar, Odhav and Shahpur.Estate department teams also demolished 4,710 square feet of illegal construction on Wednesday.In May, the AMC began a sealing drive in response to a high court’s judgment, sealing 2,516 structures, mostly commercial complexes that did not have BU approval.The high court had ruled on November 29 that the authorities should demolish a few structures to set an example, stating that it is preferable to evict people from their homes than to watching them burn to death. The civic body has so far demolished 3,12,648 square feet of illegal construction and sealed 626 commercial and 370 residential units.

12 residential, 37 commercial units sealed
  • BU nod: 16 commercial units sealed
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: In its drive against buildings without valid building use (BU) permission, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation sealed 16 commercial property units in Navrangpura and Lambha on Friday. The town planning and estate department teams sealed 14 commercial properties in Mansuri Estate as well as Lime Tree Café and Skier Lounge Café in Navrangpura. The civic body also demolished 65,493 sq feet of illegal construction that include 3,600 sq feet in Sona Park Complex in Chandkheda and 1,800 sq feet construction in Nishant Status in Ranip. In the recent drive against illegal construction and those without a valid BU permission, the estate department has demolished 2,26,797 sq feet of illegal construction and has sealed 565 commercial as well as 338 residential properties tnn.