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Ahmedabad: Vastral man seeking US visa duped of Rs 15 lakh
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A 38-year-old resident of Vastral accused five persons who promised him a US visa of cheating him out of Rs 15 lakh. One of the accused had identified himself as the officer of the US embassy. Ravindra Patel, in his complaint on registered on Wednesday, stated that he works for a pharma company and wanting to settle in the US. He stated that he searched on the internet and in October 2020 came across a page, purportedly of the US Consulate General in Mumbai. He stated that he later got a call from one Ashish Patel, who identified himself as official from the American embassy. Ashish told Ravindra that he organized tours with visitor visas. He gave Ravindra the number of his assistant, Viral Shah, who would explain the process to him and take the matter forward. Ravindra stated that he contacted Viral Shah, who told him that the visa and tour would cost Rs 15 lakh. He was told that of the Rs 15 lakh, Rs 18,000 was the application fee, Rs 3.40 lakh for hotel bookings and Rs 1.8 lakh was for the flight ticket. He said the remainder would be kept as a bond and would be returned once the tour was over. He told them he would pay by cheque, but they said they couldn't accept it as they were government employees. The complainant then paid Rs 14.97 lakh to one PM Enterprises. The money was sent through an angadia office in Bapunagar, between October 2020 and August 2022. Ravindra was then instructed to go to Mumbai with his documents. In October 2020, he went to Mumbai and Ashish called him outside the US visa office. They later told him they had a meeting scheduled and took his documents. They promised to call him later about the visa. When he contacted Ashish later, Ashish said he was in the US and could not contact all his clients personally as he was working for the embassy. When Ravindra called Viral, he was first given promises and later found Viral's phone switched off. Ravindra then lodged a compliant with cyber crime police against Ashish Patel and his alleged accomplices Viral Shah, David Fernandes, Bhavik Shah and one Suresh.

Ahmedabad: Vastral man seeking US visa duped of Rs 15 lakh
  • Vastral man seeking US visa duped of Rs 15L
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: A 38-year-old resident of Vastral accused five persons who promised him a US visa of cheating him out of Rs 15 lakh. One of the accused had identified himself as the officer of the US embassy. Ravindra Patel, in his complaint on registered on Wednesday, stated that he works for a pharma company and wanting to settle in the US. He stated that he searched on the internet and in October 2020 came across a page, purportedly of the US Consulate General in Mumbai. He stated that he later got a call from one Ashish Patel, who identified himself as official from the American embassy. Ashish told Ravindra that he organized tours with visitor visas. He gave Ravindra the number of his assistant, Viral Shah, who would explain the process to him and take the matter forward. Ravindra stated that he contacted Viral Shah, who told him that the visa and tour would cost Rs 15 lakh. He was told that of the Rs 15 lakh, Rs 18,000 was the application fee, Rs 3.40 lakh for hotel bookings and Rs 1.8 lakh was for the flight ticket. He said the remainder would be kept as a bond and would be returned once the tour was over. He told them he would pay by cheque, but they said they couldn't accept it as they were government employees. The complainant then paid Rs 14.97 lakh to one PM Enterprises. The money was sent through an angadia office in Bapunagar, between October 2020 and August 2022. Ravindra was then instructed to go to Mumbai with his documents. In October 2020, he went to Mumbai and Ashish called him outside the US visa office. They later told him they had a meeting scheduled and took his documents. They promised to call him later about the visa. When he contacted Ashish later, Ashish said he was in the US and could not contact all his clients personally as he was working for the embassy. When Ravindra called Viral, he was first given promises and later found Viral's phone switched off. Ravindra then lodged a compliant with cyber crime police against Ashish Patel and his alleged accomplices Viral Shah, David Fernandes, Bhavik Shah and one Suresh.

Thieves strike gold, err Amul Gold!
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 weeks ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 weeks ago | |

The surge in milk prices has made the commodity valuable for thieves in the city. Whether the thieves are using the milk to build their strength or sell it illegally is not known. But, what is known is that milk parlour owners in Krishnagar, Nikol, Vastral and Bapunagar areas of the city are a harassed lot as they have reported thefts of Amul Dairy milk crates.The crates are delivered in the early morning across the city and the thefts first began around Navratri. They have since then continued probably because the thieves have decided to stick to a wholesome diet.Now, milk parlour owners are forced to be extra vigilant during the early morning hours. Oh and not all milk is equal. Amul Gold is the favourite of these thieves.Interestingly many of these milk chors have been caught on CCTV too and the owners have allegedly shared the footage with the cops.When contacted ACP-I Division Krunal Desai and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone-4 Kanan Desai both expressed ignorance in the matter but said they will set up a team to nab the thieves.Milk parlour owners said they have already submitted their complaints to respective police station.The Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which owns the Amul brand, had in mid-October this year increased the price of milk by Rs 2 per litre taking the cost to Rs 63 per litre. Previously, the price of full cream milk, Amul Gold, was Rs 61 per litre.Amul Shakti now costs Rs 50 per litre while Amul Taaza costs Rs 56 per litre. This surge in prices ahead of the festive season sent household budgets haywire.Dipti Bhatt, one of the owners of a milk parlour in Nikol told Mirror that the first theft came to light on October 26, 2022, when they found five crates of milk most of which were Amul Gold missing from the front of their parlour.“The van leaves the milk crates in front of the parlour during the early morning. When we went to the parlour, we found five crates missing. Initially, we ignored it as a one-off incident but other areas and parlours also started reporting such incidents,” said Bhatt.Bhatt said CCTV footage shows that the milk thieves come on a 220 Pulsar Bike to steal the crates. “They don’t hide their faces but all of them wear a cap while stealing the milk crates,” said Bhatt.Sources said that since Navratri milk thefts have taken place at about 40 milk parlours.Nepalsinh Rajput who runs a milk parlour near Rajmandir said they have to now stay awake to guard the milk.“Five milk crates have been stolen from the front of our parlour. We have made an application to the cops but nothing has happened,” said Rajput.Priyam Patel, another milk parlour owner who was targeted by the thieves said the cops need to catch the thieves because they still have to pay the company for the milk. “Due to the theft our customers also have to go empty-handed,” said Patel.

Thieves strike gold, err Amul Gold!
Man held for selling data of foreigners to call centres
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Cybercrime police of the city on Saturday caught a 26-year-old man for allegedly selling contact details of foreign nationals of US, UK and other countries to call centre operators. According to an FIR filed with the cybercrime police, cops got an input about a man named Manan Jani from Umapark Society in Vastral, who has obtained data of various foreign nationals and is selling it to different call centre operators. Acting on the input, a team of cybercrime police went to Umapark Society and barged into Jani's house, where he was found working a laptop and three cellphones. Cops checked his devices and found various files comprising names, contact numbers and addresses of various foreign nationals from US, UK and other countries, mentioned the FIR. The FIR stated that Jani was was mining data of various foreign nationals from a website . When cops questioned him on why he was obtaining data of foreign nationals, he could not give a satisfactory answer. Preliminary investigation revealed that he sold the data to others and got money through various means including cryptocurrency. Police are now probing the people who bought the data from Jani. Cops have seized a laptop, five cellphones, pen-drive, hard disk and router from Jani's house. Cybercrime police have booked Jani for breach of trust, cheating and abetment under sections of the IPC and under the Information Technology Act. They are further investigating the case.

Man held for selling data of foreigners to call centres
  • Ahmedabad: Man held for selling data of foreign citizens to call centres
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: Cybercrime police of the city on Saturday caught a 26-year-old man for allegedly selling contact details of foreign nationals of US, UK and other countries to call centre operators. According to an FIR filed with the cybercrime police, cops got an input about a man named Manan Jani from Umapark Society in Vastral, who has obtained data of various foreign nationals and is selling it to different call centre operators. Acting on the input, a team of cybercrime police went to Umapark Society and barged into Jani's house, where he was found working a laptop and three cellphones. Cops checked his devices and found various files comprising names, contact numbers and addresses of various foreign nationals from US, UK and other countries, mentioned the FIR. The FIR stated that Jani was was mining data of various foreign nationals from a website . When cops questioned him on why he was obtaining data of foreign nationals, he could not give a satisfactory answer. Preliminary investigation revealed that he sold the data to others and got money through various means including cryptocurrency. Police are now probing the people who bought the data from Jani. Cops have seized a laptop, five cellphones, pen-drive, hard disk and router from Jani's house. Cybercrime police have booked Jani for breach of trust, cheating and abetment under sections of the IPC and under the Information Technology Act. They are further investigating the case.

Ahmedabad: 6 BJP ex-mayors lobbying for assembly tickets
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The top leadership of the BJP has completed assessing 16 constituencies in Ahmedabad for the coming assembly election. Sources say as many as 25 leaders from the BJP and the Congress who hold or have held positions in the AMC are lobbying for party tickets. These include six politicians who have been the mayor. Sources said BJP leader and former mayor Kanaji Thakor has laid claim to the Dariapur seat, while Asit Vora, who was also mayor earlier, wants Maninagar ticket. Sources said Meenakshi Patel is jostling to contest from Vejalpur seat. Former mayors Amit Shah and Bijal Patel are in competition with each other and other BJP ticket claimants, for the Ellisbridge seat. Amit Shah is also the BJP's city president. BJP ex-mayor Gautam Shah has claimed the Naranpura ticket. Darshna Vaghela, who held the deputy mayor's position when Asit Vora was mayor, is in the race for the ticket for the Asarwa seat. Sources said that fiercest competition in the BJP is for Dariapur, with the highest number of candidates claiming this ticket. Former councillors Krushnavadan Brahmbhatt, Jagdish Dantania and former standing committee chairman Pravin Patel are competing against former mayor Kanaji Thakor for this ticket. For the Jamalpur-Khadia seat, former BJP councillors Bhushan Bhatt and Mayur Dave are vying for the ticket. Hitesh Barot, the current AMC standing committee chairman, is competing with former mayor Meenakshi Patel for the Vejalpur seat ticket. Sources said BJP's former standing committee chairman Amul Bhatt is vying for the ticket from Maninagar. Asit Vora has also laid claim to this seat. Former councillor Vallabh Patel, who is currently AMTS chairman, is in the race in Naroda, while former councillors Roshan Golani, Bipin Sikka and Ashok Hansani along with current Sardarnagar councillors Kanchan Panjwani and Sunny Khanchandani have also sought the ticket for the same constituency. Sources said for the Vatva seat, Vastral ex-councillor Bansilal Prajapati has thrown his hat in the ring.

Ahmedabad: 6 BJP ex-mayors lobbying for assembly tickets
Ahmedabad: 4 fake cops abduct man, extort cash from him
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A 30-year-old man from Nadiad on Sunday filed a complaint with the Ramol police that four fake cops abducted him and extorted Rs 21,000 from him on the pretext of booking him in false cases. Vipul Suthar, a resident of Yoginagar on Dabhan Road in Nadiad, said in his FIR that he went to his sister’s place in Vastral on Saturday night. When he was returning, four men on two motorcycles stopped him on Suralia Estate road and told him that they were cops from Vatva GIDC police. One of them seized his motorcycle and forced him to sit pillion with another man. They took the road towards Hatkeshwar and then turned towards Jashodanagar Crossroads and constantly threatned him to implicate him in a false case. They demanded Rs 55,000 from him for his release. When Suthar told him that he did not have the money, they checked his bank balance via banking app on his phone and found that he had Rs 20,000 in his account. They thrashed him and took away Rs 1,000 cash from him. The four men took him to an ATM and withdrew Rs 20,000 from his account. They later told him to drive his motorcycle towards Vatva GIDC police while they followed him. After a while, the four, fled. Suthar went to Vatva GIDC police and complained about four cops where he found that no such cops worked there. He later approached Ramol police and filed a complaint of abduction, extortion, causing hurt and criminal intimidation against four unknown men.

Ahmedabad: 4 fake cops abduct man, extort cash from him
Ahmedabad: DenV2 behind steep surge in dengue cases
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The steep surge of dengue cases across Ahmedabad has put health officials on tenterhooks and becoming a major worry. A number of cases involving drastic lowering of blood platelets levels were reported over the past month. The disease has claimed two lives already, including that of a child. Recent serotype tests have revealed the DenV2, one of the four dengue virus serotypes, is the dominant strain in the city. In September, 17 samples serum samples were sent by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) for testing, of which 10 samples were detected with dengue serotype 2 (DenV2), while one sample was detected with dengue serotype 1 (DenV1) while two samples detected with dengue serotype 4 (DenV4). Children of the age group of 0 to 14 years and the elderly are the most vulnerable. AMC officials reveal that between October 1 and October 15, there were 469 fresh dengue cases needing hospitalization. In all, a total of 1,821 dengue cases have been reported between January 1 and October 15 this year. Of these, 814 were reported in the western region and 1,007 in the eastern region of the city. In the western Ahmedabad, Thaltej has reported 89 cases, the highest number, followed by Bodakdev with 82 dengue cases. Apart from this, 76 cases were reported from Gota, 69 from Jodhpur ward, 58 cases in Chandlodia and 56 cases from Stadium ward. In the eastern part of the city, Ramol and Hatijan wards have reported the highest number of dengue cases, 132 in all, followed by Lambha with 102 cases. There have been 61 dengue cases in Vastral and 53 in Vatva. A senior doctor at SVP Hospital’s medicine department told TOI that increasing severity of dengue cases is primarily because of repeat infections. “Blood platelets drastically fall in those patients who have repeat infections, children, young, adults and elders are worst affected needing hospitalization. This severity is not because of a particular dengue virus strain,” said the senior doctor.

Ahmedabad: DenV2 behind steep surge in dengue cases
  • Dengue claims its 2nd victim in Ahmedabad this year
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: A 28-year-old woman lost her life to dengue in the city this month. This was the second dengue death registered in the city this year. According to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) health department sources, a 28-year-old woman treated for dengue at LG Hospital died on October 13. The deceased woman was a resident of Vasna. The first dengue victim was a 7-year-old girl admitted with dengue to LG Hospital. She lost her life in the last week of September. According to AMC data, city hospitals registered 469 new dengue cases between October 1 and 15, and 1,821 cases between January 1 and October 15. tnn

Ahd: North-south Metro service begins
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The Ahmedabad metro service began commercial operations on almost the full first phase as the North-South (APMC to Motera) corridor began commercial operation from Thursday. The east-west corridor which connects Thaltej and Vastral began operations on Sunday. Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation officials said work on just 1km from Thaltej to Thaltej Gam is still under underway, hence services will terminate at Thaltej. Three stations, Kankaria East, Sabarmati and Thaltej Gam, are also not operational. Metro officials said the total passenger traffic at about 8pm was 29,877 passengers on both stretches. The east-west corridor saw 19,683 commuters and the north-south one got 10,194 passengers. Officials said the train frequency was 30 minutes on north-south corridors and 20 minutes of the east-west one, between 9am and 8pm. Officials said since there was a rush on the east-west corridor, the frequency was increased. Officials said on Wednesday, Dussehra, ridership on the east-west corridor was 43,000, more than on Day 1, October 2, where 41,700 passengers used the service. On Wednesday, the train frequency was 15 minutes, with only the east-west corridor operational.

Ahd: North-south Metro service begins
  • Nearly 30k passengers ride Ahmedabad Metro as both corridors open
  • The Indian Express

    A total of 29,877 passengers took the Ahmedabad Metro Thursday—the first day when both corridors of Phase-1 functioned simultaneously, stated an official statement from the Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC).According to GMRC, 10,194 passengers rode the metro operating on the North-West corridor that connects APMC Vasna with Motera. This corridor was first thrown open to passengers after the project was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 30.The East-West corridor, which has been operational since October 2, carried 19,683 passengers Thursday, almost double the ridership on the North-West corridor.On the East-West corridor, the metro operated 106 trips with one train leaving every 20 minutes, while on the North-South corridor, it operated 96 trips with one train leaving every 30 minutes.Due to the Dussehra holiday on October 5, the ridership on the East-West corridor had shot up to 43,000 with trains operating every 15 minutes.

  • Ahmedabad: Metro service on North-South corridor to begin on October 6
  • The Indian Express

    The Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) will begin commercial operations of Ahmedabad Metro’s 18.87-kilometre North-South corridor on October 6, official sources said. This will be the second corridor of Phase-1 of the project that will be opened for passenger travel this month.The Phase-1 of Ahmedabad Metro, which consists of East-West and North-South corridors, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 30. However, commercial operations on the 40.03-kilometre network began only on October 2 on the East-West Corridor. The East-West Corridor between Vastral Gam and Thaltej Gam (total length 21.16 kilometres) was partly operational since March 2019, when PM Modi had inaugurated a 6.5-kilometre stretch of the corridor between Vastral Gam and Apparel Park. After September 30, the 20-odd kilometres of the East-west Corridor became operational. However, a 1.4-kilometre stretch between Thaltej and Thaltej Gam is still under construction, and is expected to finish by March 2023. Similarly, construction of Kankaria East underground railway station is still in progress and trains operating on this corridor skip this station.The dates of opening both the corridors were kept separate to avoid the initial rush of passengers wanting to take the Metro, officials said. On first day of Metro operations on the East-West corridor, 41,700 passengers took the ride. Tickets are priced between Rs 5 and Rs 25. GMRC operated 72 trips on October 2.On Monday, about 17,000 more passengers used this corridor and GMRC ran 44 trips compared to 72 trips on first day.

  • Huge demand on Day 1 of Ahmedabad Metro
  • The Indian Express

    On the first day of the East-West corridor of Ahmedabad Metro that commenced operations Sunday at 9 am, saw a huge demand as additional trains were added to meet the holiday rush.On Sunday, 41,700 tickets were sold with a revenue of around Rs 6 lakh. A total of 72 trips were made from 9 am till 8 pm, the Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) said in a statement.Due to rising demand, the interval between two trains were halved from 30 minutes to 15 minutes later in the day. The East-West corridor from Vastral Gam till Thaltej is priced between Rs 5 and Rs 25.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dedicated the Phase-1 of Ahmedabad Metro’s on September 30. During its inauguration, Modi had said the metro train project was completed quickly, despite it passing over an Indian Railways route.

  • Launching 32km metro line in one go a record: PM Modi after inaugurating Ahmedabad Metro
  • The Indian Express

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Ahmedabad Metro’s phase 1 on Friday and said it was the first time 32 km of a metro rail had been operationalised in one go in India and that a “double-engine sarkar”—a reference to the BJP’s ruling both the state and the central governments—had made it possible.“Today, 32 km of the Ahmedabad Metro has been operationalised. You will be surprised to hear that ever since metro services began in India, this is the first time a 32 km stretch has been launched at a time,” Modi said after taking a ride on the metro in his home state of Gujarat.Modi said the metro train project was completed quickly despite its passing over an Indian Railway route. He boarded the upgraded version of the Vande Bharat train from Gandhinagar and travelled to the Kalupur railway station in Ahmedabad. From an underground metro station, thrown open three years ago, he then travelled to the Doordarshan Tower metro station near Thaltej, where he participated in an event held for inaugurating both the metro and the Vande Bharat train.This stretch takes the total length of metro rails in the country to 810 km.“On this occasion, I also want to tell you how Ahmedabad benefited from a double-engine government. When the overhead space over the Ahmedabad-Botad railway line had to be used for the metro project, the Centre quickly gave permission. This speeded up work on the Vasana-Old High Court route of metro,” Modi said.The proposal to use the railway land was sent to the Centre in 2012, but it got cleared in November 2014, months after Modi became prime minister. In March 2015, from being a state government entity, Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) became a 50:50 joint venture of the Gujarat government and the central government. In January 2019 MEGA was renamed as the Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC).Modi said a multimodal hub that he had imagined at the beginning of the 21st century was fast becoming a reality in Ahmedabad. A multimodal hub is being developed at the Kalupur railway station, where BRTS and city buses will be available from ground floor, taxis and private cars from the upper floor and metro and bullet train connectivity from the Saraspur side, he said at the event.“In order to connect the Kalupur road overbridge to the Saraspur road overbridge, a 13-lane road will be made in front of the station,” Modi said. “Apart from Kalupur, the Sabarmati bullet train station will also be made into a multimodal transport hub.”Modi remembered his building the BRTS corridor and taking his first BRTS ride in Gujarat. “The attempt even then was to see how the poor can be served and provided with seamless connectivity,” he said.“We are focusing on and investing in cities in a big way because these cities will ensure the development of the country in the next 25 years. This investment is not limited to connectivity, but includes providing smart services. Existing services are being upgraded and suburbs are being developed,” the prime minister said.“Gandhinagar-Ahmedabad is an excellent example of twin-city development. In the coming days, many twin cities will be developed in Gujarat. Till now we used to hear about New York-New Jersey twin cities, but my Hindustan can’t be held back. You can see before your eyes the development of the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar twin-city model. Similarly, Anand-Nadiad, Bharuch-Ankleshwar, Valsad-Vapi, Surat-Navsari, Vadodara-Halol-Kalol, Morbi-Wankaner, Morbi-Kadi… Such twin cities will strengthen the image of Gujarat,” he said.Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Modi flagged off the first 6.5 km of the Ahmedabad Metro’s phase 1 in March 2019. With 32 km being operationalised ahead of the Assembly elections, the metro will now run for 38.5 km. This includes the North-South corridor (APMC Vasna-Motera), which will be extended to Gandhinagar and GIFT City in phase II and the East-West Corridor (Vastral Gam-Thaltej).Travelled on board the Vande Bharat Express! It was a delight to meet women start-up entrepreneurs, talented youth, those associated with the Railways team and those involved in building the Vande Bharat train. It was a memorable journey. pic.twitter.com/eHKAhMlRCc— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 30, 2022The inauguration of phase-1 comes almost 20 years after it was conceptualised. Thereafter it underwent multiple route changes and cost escalations as well as witnessed irregularities and a consequent change of guard. The lowest point was in August 2013, when Sanjay Gupta, head of the Ahmedabad Metro and a retired IAS officer of the Gujarat cadre, was imprisoned in a Rs 211-crore scam.Despite the inauguration, work on phase 1 is expected to be finished only by March 2023. The incomplete sections include a 1.4-km stretch between Thaltej and Thaltej Gam, the westernmost stretch of the East-West corridor. The other incomplete parts are the underground station of Kankaria East and the Sabarmati metro station (which will provide one of the two crucial interlinks for passengers travelling on the planned bullet train and the Indian Railways network).While phase-1 routes will be thrown open to passengers on October 2, the GMRC will have to finish a third-party audit on sections of both corridors to reaffirm structural safety and the quality of the elevated and underground sections. This was necessitated after the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) gave a conditional authorisation for opening the Ahmedabad Metro as it had found “deficiencies” in the construction. The first detailed project report for the metro was made in 2005 and the foundation stone laid in March 2015 by then chief minister Anandiben Patel.

  • PM inaugurates phase-1 of Ahd Metro rail project
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated phase-1 of the Ahmedabad Metro rail project between Thaltej and Vastral. He inaugurated the metro rail stretch on the city's East-West corridor from Kalupur station, where he reached in the Vande Bharat Express train that he flagged off from Gandhinagar railway station in the morning. PM #NarendraModi at #AESGround in Ahmedabad after launch of #AhmedabadMetro phase I in the city. The PM earlier fla… https://t.co/Hm7uFWaMrL— TOI Ahmedabad (@TOIAhmedabad) 1664520660000The prime minister waved a green flag to the metro train at Kalupur railway station. With this, the 21-km corridor of the project between Thaltej and Vastral with 17 stations became operational. This corridor has a 6.6km underground section with four stations, the Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) said in a release.

Ahmedabad: Doctor molests his junior at Barejadi hospital
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A 22-year-old woman, working as a doctor with a private hospital in Barejadi on the city's outskirts, on Monday filed a complaint with Vivekanand police alleging that her senior doctor molested her multiple times during their work hours in the hospital. The woman, a resident of Vastral, said in her FIR that she was working as a medical officer with a private hospital in Barejadi for the past one week. She said that when she reported to her duty on Monday morning, her senior, Dr Bhupendra Jain offered to teach her how to take x-rays. The woman said that Jain took her to the darkroom where x-ray was taken and while showing her one x-ray film, he molested her. At that time, an employee of the hospital called the woman's name saying that there was some medical emergency in the labour room. After which, Jain let her to go to the labour room. But when she was attending to the emergency in the labour room, Jain allegedly molested her again. She told him not to touch her again or she would file a complaint. To which, Jain apologized to her and said that he will not repeat that mistake. The woman said that she went to another senior named Dr Bhupendra Patel and narrated the entire incident. Patel called up Jain and scolded him for molesting the woman. After which, Jain called her up and threatened her with dire consequences. She also alleged in the FIR that Jain had earlier also sent lewd messages to her. She told her parents about the incident after which she approached Vivekanand police and filed a complaint of molestation and criminal intimidation against Jain.

Ahmedabad: Doctor molests his junior at Barejadi hospital
  • Doctor molests his junior at Ahd hospital
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: A 22-year-old woman, working as a doctor with a private hospital in Barejadi on the city's outskirts, on Monday filed a complaint with Vivekanand police alleging that her senior doctor molested her multiple times during their work hours in the hospital. The woman, a resident of Vastral, said in her FIR that she was working as a medical officer with a private hospital in Barejadi for the past one week. She said that when she reported to her duty on Monday morning, her senior, Dr Bhupendra Jain offered to teach her how to take x-rays. The woman said that Jain took her to the darkroom where x-ray was taken and while showing her one x-ray film, he molested her. At that time, an employee of the hospital called the woman's name saying that there was some medical emergency in the labour room. After which, Jain let her to go to the labour room. But when she was attending to the emergency in the labour room, Jain allegedly molested her again. She told him not to touch her again or she would file a complaint. To which, Jain apologized to her and said that he will not repeat that mistake. The woman said that she went to another senior named Dr Bhupendra Patel and narrated the entire incident. Patel called up Jain and scolded him for molesting the woman. After which, Jain called her up and threatened her with dire consequences. She also alleged in the FIR that Jain had earlier also sent lewd messages to her. She told her parents about the incident after which she approached Vivekanand police and filed a complaint of molestation and criminal intimidation against Jain.

Lack of parking facilities at Metro stations dampener for commuters
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago | |

The kalupur Metro station Rail got a big thumbs up from citizens on Sunday when 45,000 of them took the ride between Thaltej and Kalupur, just for sake of it. However, lack of parking infrastructure at Metro stations can discourage people from using it on a daily basis. BRTS continues to suffer for lack of parking facilities near the bus stations. Mirror followed the Metro Rail route between Kalupur metro Station and Thaltej and found that there is no parking space for cars or two-wheelers at Stadium Crossroads, Commerce Six Roads, Gurukul, Doordarshan and Thaltej. There’s facility to park two-wheelers only at the Kalupur Metro Rail Station. Managing Director of Metro Rail S S Rathore told Mirror, “The very purpose of Metro is to reduce vehicles plying on roads. It will be defeated if commuters bring their own vehicles to stations. Globally, the concept of Metro rail is to ease traffic congestion. We have metro stations every 1 to 1.2 km and our catchment area is 600 metres from metro stations. Besides, there are two points where the route coincides with BRTS and that can be used for connectivity.”Kalupur No Dedicated space for parkingThere is enough space forparking two-wheelers but nodedicated space. The parked bikes and scooters mostly belong to Metro rail staff. A Metro rail personnel at the control room said, “There was excitement in the air on Sunday. But on day 2, few people are travelling by Metro as there are no parking spaces in the vicinity of the stations.Asif Shaikh, 31, who works in Gheekanta and was travelling by Metro rail to experience it for the first time, said, “Without the parking space, people are unlikely to take the Metro Rail on a daily basis to work.”Sardar Patel Stadium No parking spaceThere were only seven commuters at the station, mostly students. Cars parked outside by the roadside belonged to visitors to a local diagnostic centre or other businesses. Station manager Pathak said, “There’s no parking space at present. It may be created at a later date.”Nirav Patel (49), a Civil Engineer and resident of Usmanpura, said, “ I came in a rickshaw from Usmanpura because I was keen to experience the Metro ride. In absence of parking space, it will be tough for Metro authorities to get commuters in large numbers on a daily basis.”Thaltej No parking spaceThe starting point of the Metro in the west lacks parking space. Vehicles were parked on the road in front of the Metro station stairs.Anurag Malkani (19), a physiotherapy student travelling for the first time in Metro rail, said, “Parking space with security is a must if one wants regular commuters. This should have been pre-planned by the Metro Rail authorities.”Gujarat Uni No parking spaceThe security guard pointed at the footpath and under the stairs leading to Metro Rail where several two-wheelers were parked, mostly by metro rail employees. He said cars will have to park on the streets.Maulik Shah (43), a businessman said, “I reside at Odhav and had taken the Metro from Nirat Park station. “There is no parking space either at Nirat Park or at Gujarat University. It is a big drawback.”Gurukul No parking spaceThe footpath below the station was jam-packed with two-wheelers and cars. In absence of dedicated security for parked vehicles, commuters would find it tough to leave behind their vehicles and take Metro.Rushank Shah (42), a Naranpura resident, had come to take a joyride in Metro. He had parked his vehicle below the station. “Most people will reach the Metro station on some kind of vehicle. Parking facilities need to be built with adequate security if it has to be used by office goers daily.”Commerce Six Roads No space for parkingThe main road in front of the Metro Rail stairs was full with vehicles of commuters with no space left for passengers to go. The Security guard was seen lifting the two-wheelers to make space for people to get into the Metro Rail.There are hospitals, businesses, shops and offices on the road, each vying for the road space.Sandip Desai (25), a resident of Odhav whose workplace is at Swastik Crossroads, said, “I took the train from Vastral to Commerce Six Roads. There is an open plot which can be used at Vastral for parking but it is not for Metro Rail alone. There is no parking space at Commerce Six roads. I will be reluctant to park my vehicle here as it is on the open road and there’s no security.”

Lack of parking facilities at Metro stations dampener for commuters
Ahmedabad: Maninagar doctor couple lose Rs 41 lakh in land fraud
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: A doctor couple from Maninagar lost Rs 41.41 lakh to an alleged fraudster who offered to sell them two plots in Gandhinagar. Monal Panchal, 39, a resident of Maninagar and an assistant professor at Narendra Modi Medical College, filed an FIR with Maninagar police against Ketul Patel and his aide Vishal Rajput. Panchal’s husband Brijesh runs a hospital near Ilaj crossing. She stated in the complaint that they were looking to buy a piece of land at a premium location in the city and had placed an ad in the newspapers in August 2020. On August 30, 2020, Ketul Patel, the accused, called up Mona and informed her about a plot near Kankaria Kids’ City. He told her that a new town planning scheme was to be introduced by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and the plot at the location would be a lucrative deal. Convinced, the doctor couple gave Patel Rs 17 lakh for the plot and notarized the deal on August 31, 2020. On September 5, 2020, Patel again called up Mona and informed her about another plot in Vastral that would cost them around Rs 30 lakh. Patel offered to buy the plot in partnership and bear half the cost. However, later he asked the couple to pay the entire amount and promised to contribute his share sometime soon. On Patel’s insistence, the doctor couple paid him Rs 34 lakh between September 5 and September 14. Once he had received the money, Patel began avoiding the doctor couple whenever they enquired about the sellers of their two plots. The couple grew suspicious and checked the status of the plots at government offices only to find out that the two plots were not in Patel’s name. Panchal’s husband Brijesh also found that the 7/12 documents, certificates from the AMC and the district inspector of land records were all forged. She approached Khokhra police and filed a complaint of breach of trust, cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy against Patel and his aide Vishal Rajput, who frequently collected money from her.

Ahmedabad: Maninagar doctor couple lose Rs 41 lakh in land fraud
Metro a runaway hit with Amdavadis
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: For Hardi Shukla, 20, a resident of Navrangpura, it was the excitement of riding the Ahmedabad Metro train on the first day itself that drove her to Thaltej at 9.30am on Sunday. “I generally don’t get up this early, but after seeing the visuals in the media, I wanted to experience the ride,” she said. “I’ve travelled by BRTS, but the feeling of riding a train is completely different. Cleanliness, the design of the stations, and the Thaltej to vastral metro route are good and I hope the city will embrace the Metro.” Many Amdavadis echoed these sentiments as they boarded the Metro on the first day of service after PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the ambitious project’s Phase I on September 30. S S Rathore, the MD of Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC), said that a majority of the commuters took the full route from Thaltej to Vastral and vice versa. “Underground tunnels were the major attractions. While we are awaiting the final figures, it is estimated that over 45,000 had boarded the train on Sunday,” he said. He went on to say that more trains were added to meet the demand. Abhesinh Rajput, a resident of Bopal, was among the many commuters who travelled with their family members. “I believe that many will take the train to Kalupur as it is difficult and expensive to reach the railway station from the city’s west beyond SG Road,” he said. “The Metro rate is affordable, given the quality.”

Metro a runaway hit with Amdavadis
  • Amdavadis give thumbs up to Metro
  • Ahmedabad Mirror

    The eager wait for Metro service was finally over when it opened for the public on Sunday. Long queues were seen at Metro stations of common people just wanting a first experience of a ride on it, leaving ticket windows inundated. The idea of a Metro connecting Thaltej and Vastral was in itself thrilling for many as the distance between the two can now be covered in just minutes.Amdavadis appreciated the new train service and found it fast and quick. Primary school teacher Rajendra Rajera of Maninagar said, “My family and I want to experience the Metro. We travelled in it from Vastral Apparel Park to Thaltej within 30 minutes. The journey was over before we knew it. If we had travelled by our own vehicle, it would have taken much longer and been much tougher in the traffic on roads.”Businessman V K Kalal of Chandkheda took a Metro ride from Thaltej to Vastral and vice-versa with friends. He said, “The sitting arrangements, air conditioning and info display are good. It is squeaky clean for public transport. It will save time and effort for many people.” He added, “We citizens will also have to take care of it. In my case, I have to visit the eastern areas frequently for business. In such a scenario, the Metro will prove a blessing.”For friends Bhakti, Kripita and Divya Joshi of Gandhinagar, who were leaving for Surat, the Metro was a boon. “We came from Gandhinagar to Kalupur station to experience a fast ride on the Metro.”Nasir Qureshi of Mirzapur, his wife and kids, took the Metro from Gheekanta to Thaltej. “It is one of the best gifts the city has received. It was a fun ride and a great escape from the traffic. The Metro train is beautiful.”Another group of friends, Kiara, Priyanka, Samvit, Sandeep, Maahi and Ruchika, described their first ride experience on the Metro as unique and outstanding. They said more people in Ahmedabad will opt for public transport because of the Metro.Nisha Khatri, a resident of Thaltej suggested, “The ticket counters should be on the same floor as the train lines. I also feel that there should be security personnel in every coach. When we got off at Doordarshan Kendra, there was a lot of rush. A lift at the station also stopped working for a few minutes. We had to call the security to help people trapped in the lift.”Pics: Jignesh Vora

  • ​In pics: Amdavadis enjoy their first metro ride
  • Times of India

Six accidents per night since start of Navratri
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago | |

Ahmedabad road accident: Decked up Amdavadis have been caught up in an increasing number of accidents in the first four days of Navratri, if the accident figures of Emergency 108 service are anything to go by. There has been almost a 50% increase in night time accidents. EMRI 108 data shows that the number of accidents was 6 daily from September 26 to 29, a hike of 55% compared to the previous week’s per day average of 3.86 cases. As many as 245 accident cases were reported to 108 from September 26 to 29 compared to 469 accident cases reported to 108 from September 19 to 25.Accidents between midnight till 4 am have also gone up and so have early morning accidents. In the western part of the city, most accidents were reported from Sola, Thaltej, Vaishnodevi Circle, Sarkhej, Bopal and South Bopal, Shyamal crossroads, Vejalpur, Iskcon circle, YMCA circle, Karnavati Club crossroads, Prahladnagar, Makarba, Navrangpura, Paldi and Juhapura.Accidents were also reported from northern and eastern parts of the city like Ognaj, Chandkheda, Sabarmati, Kankaria, Nikol, Nava Naroda, Narol, Vastral, and Bapunagar among others.An EMRI 108 official said the rise in the movement of people at night has led to the surge in accidents.“The Ahmedabad road accident involve both two-wheelers and four-wheelers, but there are higher instances of the former,” said the official. Dr Pravin Kanabar, president of Active Traffic Consultative Committee (ATCC) trust that works on road safety issues said that rash driving, hurrying to reach from one place to another, not wearing a helmet and more people than mandated on two-wheelers are some of the major causes of accidents. He said talking and texting while driving, nonfunctional street lights creating blind spots and lack of traffic cops on crossroads also result in Ahmedabad road accident.

Six accidents per night since start of Navratri
PM Modi’s convoy stops to give way for ambulance in Gujarat. Watch video
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s convoy stopped to give way to an ambulance during his two-day visit to Gujarat. Prime Minister Modi was on his way to Gandhinagar from Ahmedabad and a video showing his convoy halting for the ambulance was shared by the official Twitter handle of BJP Gujarat.The clip, also shared by news agency ANI, shows two SUVs halted on the roadside. After the ambulance passes by, other police vehicles in front of the convoy are seen slowly moving.“A true minister…Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri @narendramodiji stopped his convoy for the ambulance,” BJP Gujarat’s tweet reads, roughly translated.Watch the video here:#WATCH | Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, en route from Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar, stopped his convoy to give way to an ambulance pic.twitter.com/yY16G0UYjJ— ANI (@ANI) September 30, 2022A PTI report said that the incident happened on Friday afternoon when Modi was on his way to the Raj Bhavan in Gandhinagar. It was after he finished his public rally near Doordarshan Centre in Ahmedabad.During his two-day visit from last Thursday, Modi inaugurated various projects and laid foundation stones. On Friday, Modi flagged off the newly upgraded Vande Bharat Express, a semi-high-speed train that will connect Gandhinagar and Mumbai. He also inaugurated phase one of the Ahmedabad Metro rail project between Thaltej and Vastral.With PTI inputs

PM Modi’s convoy stops to give way for ambulance in Gujarat. Watch video
  • PM’s convoy makes way for ambulance in Guj
  • Times of India

    The convoy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi moved aside on Friday to make way for an ambulance. The convoy was en route to Gandhinagar from Ahmedabad. Once the emergency services vehicle had passed through, the security vehicles of the VIP motorcade were seen joining the formation followed by the PM’s car. Gujarat: Prime Minister #NarendraModi, en route from #Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar, stopped his convoy to give way to a… https://t.co/CSfuM3523u— TOI Ahmedabad (@TOIAhmedabad) 1664531133000The PM concluded his two day visit by visiting Ambaji in north Gujarat, where he laid foundation stones and dedicated several projects to the public. He also visited the famous Ambaji temple and Gabbar Tirtha.

Goodbye traffic jams: Kalupur to Thaltej in 17 mins flat
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago | |

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the maiden ride on the East-West corridor of the metro rail from Kalupur to Thaltej metro on Friday, taking all of 17 minutes to cover the distance. The entire 32-km route between Thaltej and Vastral Apparel Park, once thrown open to the public on October 2, will take nearly 35minutes to cover. Swanky coaches, beautiful stations and smooth escalators: A look into the newly-inaugurated East-West corridor of the 32-km long Metro rail gives an insight into the meticulous planning and execution of the project. For the first time, underground and side electric connections have been used for Metro lines in the country. The kalupur to thaltej metro rail has all the advanced technologies which will make it user friendly, including automatic doors and public announcement system. The 32-km long corridor will begin for commuters from next week.People can ride from Thaltej to Apparel Park in Amraiwadi from October 2 and from Motera to Gyaspur from October 6. The service will be from 9 am to 8 pm. The trains will operate on the routes every 30 minutes which can be reduced to 15-20 minutes depending on the rush. It will take the metro only a minute to cover the distance between any two stations. The train will stop for 30 seconds at each station.The route has elevated corridors which gives a vantage view of the city skyline. It passes via the Sabarmati Riverfront giving a beautiful view of the river. It has three underground stations at Dariapur, Shahpur and Kalupur.The fare will range from Rs 5 to Rs 25, in increments of Rs 5, depending upon the distance.No metro connectivity to Kalupur railway stationThough the metro has a station at Kalupur, there is no direct connectivity to reach the Kalupur Railway Station. In such a case it would be difficult for people having luggage to reach the railway station. A concourse connecting Kalupur station and the proposed High Speed Rail corridor has been planned but till then the use will be limited.Wait and watchThe metro rail authorities are in a wait and watch mode. Operations would be regularised depending on the number of people using the facility. Initially only three coaches will be put in use which can be increased up to 6 depending on demand. A senior official of Metro said, “It takes nearly 3 to 4 years for the service to become fully operational. There are many issues like connectivity which play an important role.”Metro drivers trained vigorouslyA team of male-female operators rode the first Metro train with the Prime Minister on board. They were trained for over 45 days to operate the service.

Goodbye traffic jams: Kalupur to Thaltej in 17 mins flat
Safety regulator seeks third party audit for Ahmedabad Metro operations
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Phase-1 of the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro rail on September 30, the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) has asked for a third party audit — apart from 90 other conditions to be met — to attest the structural strength and quality of tunnel segments and viaduct and piers of elevated section in the routes to be inaugurated. The CMRS also sought a technical audit of the Tunnel Ventilation System in the underground section of the Metro. It pointed out “deficiencies” such as lack of safeguard to piers against possible train derailment in a section that flies over a railway line, and expressed concern over the time taken in the underground section for evacuation of passengers, during mock drills.During inspections in August and September 2022, CMRS had spotted a number of “deficiencies” that have a direct bearing on the safety of operations and had asked the Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) to take “rectification measures”.The GMRC responded in September 14-15 saying the issues were sorted and that the project was safe for operations. However, the authorisation letter provided to GMRC earlier this week for the opening of Ahmedabad Metro gave a conditional authorisation, including restricting speed to as low as 45 kilometre per hour (kmph) in certain sections. The maximum speed of a metro rail is 80 kmph.Authorisation to operate the Metro to ferry people has been given separately for fully elevated North-South corridor and the East-West corridor that has both elevated and underground sections. A 6.5-kilometre route of the Ahmedabad Metro has been operational on East-West Corridor from March 2019. The PM will inaugurate the remaining 13.3-km stretch of Phase-1 connecting Thaltej and Vastral on the East-West corridor and the 18.83-km stretch on the APMC-Motera route that is part of the North-South corridor. The Gujarat government announced Saturday that both routes would be thrown open to public two days after the inauguration, which would coincide with Gandhi Jayanti. The CMRS authorisation letter, which was seen by The Indian Express, states that the North-South Corridor passes through a “vulnerable zone” adjacent to an Indian Railway line (that connects Ahmedabad to Bhavnagar), and “no special protection” has been provided to safe-guard metro piers from the impact of a possible derailment that might occur on railway lines below. Imposing a speed restriction of 60 kmph between Paldi and Old High Court stations, CMRS stated that “Metro should take needful safety measures such as suitably designed protection wall for piers and guard rail on railway track after carrying out risk analysis through NIT/IIT to ensure safety of metro trains on priority”.The CMRS pointed out that during inspection of the North-South corridor on September 2-3, it had noticed “deficiencies”, including “cracks” in piers and viaducts. “For long term stability and safety, it is advised to confirm adequacy of structural strength and quality of viaduct and piers by getting a third party audit done from IIT in three months time,” the authorisation letter stated.In the East-West Corridor, the CMRS pointed out that apart from Vodafone, there was no mobile network coverage inside the tunnel and the underground stations. “There should be continuous communication in the train inside the tunnel,” it has said.It also sought a third party audit for steel girders, for validating the design and quality of work. CMRS observed that “steel girders of non-standard span” were used at a number of locations on the metro route and “some bolts were seen missing or loose in splice and bracings”.The safety body also observed quality issues on the Sabarmati OWG (Open Web Girder) bridge and said Metro should get the deficiencies rectified and get it certified from RITES within a month. Till then, a speed limit of 60 kmph has been imposed on this bridge that passes over seven railway tracks of Indian Railways.The body also pointed out that Sabarmati Metro station was not offered for inspection and the sanction for this needed to be taken separately before opening it to public use. CMRS directed the station to be permanently closed and asked the trains to skip the station. This is an important station as it will connect metro passengers to the under construction multi-modal hub at Sabarmati which will serve passengers of bullet train, Indian Railways and BRTS.It also pointed out malfunctioning Platform Screen Doors or PSD doors at metro stations and asked director systems to certify the quality of the items. It also pointed out that some of the signalling equipment were old as it was of 2018 built-date. “This is not acceptable in new metro works and should be replaced,” the letter stated.In the East-West corridor, the CMRS noted “hair-breath cracks in tunnel segments and seepage marks” in the underground section, besides cracks, exposed reinforcements, casting errors, etc., in piers, viaducts and Sabarmati bridge.A speed limit of 60 kmph has been imposed on Sabarmati bridge, which CMRS stated has casting errors in six spans and other issues. “These shall be rectified in one month and a third party audit done through RITES to confirm structural safety,” stated the stiplulations.For the East-West Corridor, CMRS stated the Tunnel Ventilation System for the underground section needed improvement/upgradation. It sought a technical audit of the tunnel ventilation system and a fire safety clearance from the fire department. CMRS also advised a third party quality audit to confirm structural strength and quality of viaduct, piers and tunnel segments in three months’ time.CMRS inspected this corridor between Apparel Park and Thaltej stations on August 20-22 and September 4. The 6.5-kilometre stretch between Vastral Gam to Apparel Park is already operational. During the inspection, it noticed a “leaning” of one of the piers at Commerce Six roads-Gujarat University section. Imposing a 45-kmph speed restriction on this segment, the GMRC has advised remedial measures and a third party audit for examining the safety and certification of the pier.Like the Sabarmati station, the underground Kankaria East station was not offered for inspection and CMRS has asked trains to skip this station as well.CMRS also asked the GMRC to rectify malfunctioning lifts and PSD doors and install branded water coolers. The groundwork for Ahmedabad Metro — for which DPRs were drawn and redrawn since 2005 — began in March 2015. After seven years of construction, the Phase-1 of the project consisting of a little over 40 kilometres will be fully launched for commercial operations later this month.SS Rathore, Managing Director of GMRC, which is a joint venture of the Gujarat government and Government of India, said, “Every authorisation letter from CMRS is with clauses. Every Metro project gets it with conditions. They are directions and standard conditions that are put. These are standard procedures.”Not willing to discuss the conditions laid out by CMRS, Rathore said,“Some of these conditions are security related and I won’t be able to discuss it with you.” When asked about the third-party audits for reassessing the safety and structural quality of the elevated and underground corridors, Rathore said, “They had sought it even for the first 6.5 kilometres and we had done an audit through IIT three months after the operations began.” The second phase of the Metro project will connect the state capital Gandhinagar with Ahmedabad, which will essentially be the expansion of the first phase. This phase will have two corridors, including 22.8 km from Motera Stadium to Mahatma Mandir, having 20 stations and a 5.4-km route from the Gujarat National Law University to GIFT City having two stations. The entire Phase-II will be on an elevated route.

Safety regulator seeks third party audit for Ahmedabad Metro operations
PM Modi to flag off Ahd Metro on Sept 30
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the Phase-I of the much-awaited Ahmedabad Metro on September 30, 2022, which has been successfully completed. It will cover a 21km distance connecting Thaltej Apparel Park. Developed at a total cost of Rs 12,925 crore, phase-I of this ambitious project involves a 40-km stretch which includes 32 corridors. The Thaltej-Vastral route in the East-West corridor has 17 stations. This corridor also has a 6.6 km underground section with four stations. The 19km North-South corridor that connects APMC to Motera Stadium has 15 stations. This metro corridor will have 96 coaches, 129 elevators, 161 escalators, and 126 entry/exit points. Minimum fare Rs 5This project was sanctioned in 2014 and has generated 910 lakh man days of employment. According to guidelines set by National Building Code (NBC), the metro station is equipped with tactile pathways, ticket counters at lower heights, braille call buttons, handrails, restrooms and wheelchairs for specially-abled persons. CCTV cameras have been installed at every station along with SRPF personnel and private staff guarding the premises. The tickets are priced between ?5-25, based on the distance. Stations connecting East-West corridorThaltej, Doordarshan Kendra, Gurukul Road, Gujarat University, Commerce Six Roads, SP Stadium, Old High Court, Shahpur, Gheekanta, Kalupur Railway Station, Kankaria (East), Apparel Park, Amraiwadi, Rabari Colony, Vastral, Nirant Crossroad, and Vastral Gaam. Phase-II stretched till Gandhinagar The second phase of the Metro project will connect the state capital Gandhinagar with Ahmedabad, which will essentially be the expansion of the first phase. This phase will have two corridors including 22.8 km from Motera Stadium to Mahatma Mandir, having 20 stations and a 5.4 km route from Gujarat National Law University to GIFT City having two stations. The entire Phase-II will be on an elevated route.

PM Modi to flag off Ahd Metro on Sept 30
Ahmedabad Metro receives CMRS clearance
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) has provided “authorisation” to Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) to begin commercial operations in the entire 40-kilometer stretch of Phase-1 of Ahmedabad Metro. “We have received CMRS authorisation today. It means we can begin commercial operations and carry passengers. This will perhaps be the longest stretch of 33-odd kilometers to receive clearance,” a senior GMRC official told The Indian Express. Currently Ahmedabad Metro operates only on a 6.5 kilometer stretch on the East-West Corridor (Vastral Gam-Apparel Park).With this clearance, Phase-1 of Ahmedabad Metro is expected to become fully functional during Navratri. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to launch operations on the remaining 33.5 kilometers that have 23 stations. “The exact dates have not been decided, but the launch will happen during Navratri,” the official added about the project for which ground work had begun about seven years ago. PM Modi had inaugurated a small 6.5 kilometer section of this project ahead of Lok Sabha polls in 2019.The “authorisation” from CMRS comes after the body carried out detailed inspections on both the East-West Corridor (including the underground section between Apparel Park and Thaltej) and North-West Corridor (between APMC Vasna and Motera). The first inspection was carried out in August and the second one was held in first week of September. GMRC officials said that the observations made by CMRS after the survey will be “complied with”. “There are some remarks and we have replied to the same,” the official added.Despite the clearance, there are some incomplete sections in Phase-1. This include a 1.4-kilometre stretch between Thaltej and Thaltej Gam, the western-most stretch of the now partially operational East-West Corridor. The other parts where work commenced late include the underground station of Kankaria-East and the Sabarmati metro station (which will provide one of the two crucial interlinkages for passengers travelling on the planned Bullet train and via the Indian Railways network). These works are expected to finish only by March 2023.Due to the delay in execution of the project, there has been a cost escalation of over Rs 2000 crore. This means about Rs 12700 crore have been spent on Phase-1 of the project.

Ahmedabad Metro receives CMRS clearance