Ahmedabad Vatva News

AMC has ‘only pink’ toilets for women
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 weeks ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 weeks ago

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has decided it will not remain gender-neutral as far as colour of washrooms are concerned and go with the belief that “girls prefer pink” while deciding on setting up toilets exclusively for women in the city.The civic body plans to set up three such toilets in each zone and has identified 21 spots where it will come up. The toilets will have a vending machine for sanitary napkins and incinerationmachines to dump the used napkins. The toilets will also have a separate feeding room as well as changing rooms. Each structure will have five Western Commodes. Each of these structures will be set up at a cost of Rs 25 lakh. The facility will be managed by women and will also have a ramp for handicapped women. Mayor Kirit Parmar said, “The AMC had put a proposal for such toilets in its budget and work could be carried out under the smart city project.”More such toilets may be added in the future and the project is aimed at catering to women who often find it difficult to access other public toilets, Parmar added.21 places where the pink toilets will be set up◆ Vasna bus stand◆ Law Garden Civic Centre◆ ONGC Circle, Chandkheda◆ Naroda Omni Square◆ Near Radhakrishna Mandir, Saijpur◆ Indulal Yagnik Hall, Bapunagar◆ Jamalpur Crossroads◆ Danapith, Khadia◆ Namaste Circle, Shahibaug◆ Near Shreyas Complex, Vejalpur◆ Two in Sarkhej◆ Chandlodiya◆ Bodakdev- Vastrapur Garden◆ Ghatlodia gam◆ Nikol gam◆ Odhav gam◆ Nr Hatkeshwar Bridge◆ Kankaria Gate No.3◆ Nr Narol circle, Lambha◆ Vatva

AMC has ‘only pink’ toilets for women
CCTV complaint from even ex-minister in AMC blind spot
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

Ahmedabad: If you feel helpless about the AMC’s inaction on your complaints, you could consider the plight of the former Gujarat minister of state for home — his request to improve CCTV coverage after a deadly accident lies ignored six months on.A man had lost his life in a hit-and-run at Hathijan Circle and during the investigation, police could not obtain CCTV footage of the crash. When investigators inquired about the footage, they were told that the CCTVs were not yet connected and were thus not working. Soon after the accident, Pradipsinh Jadeja, the ex-minister who is a BJP MLA from the Vatva constituency, wrote to the AMC. He said the cameras should be connected to the Integrated Control and Command Centre (ICCC). No action was taken so he repeatedly sent reminders to the civic body. But even today, the killer circle remains a blind spot.“Soon after the fatal accident at Hathijan Circle, I had written to the deputy municipal commissioner requesting that they connect the CCTVs there,” Jadeja told TOI. “When I asked if they had taken action, I was told they are yet to connect the cameras.”A senior AMC official blamed BSNL for the delay. “We could not give the CCTV footage to police as BSNL, which has been given the contract to connect the CCTVs on a stretch of 2.5km there, has not done so,” the official said. “We have given notices to the service provider and also slapped a fine but it is yet to complete the work.” The official added that after receiving the letter from Jadeja, the AMC wrote many letters to BSNL to expedite the work. The AMC and the city traffic police had launched the Safe and Secure Ahmedabad (SASA) project for which Rs 314 crore was provided. About 6,200 CCTV cameras and 126 VMD (video motion detection) boards were installed across the city under the SASA project.

CCTV complaint from even ex-minister in AMC blind spot
‘No wrong side driving in Dariapur, Shahpur, Vatva…’
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 weeks ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 weeks ago

Are traffic drives organised by the traffic police to ‘catch’ traffic norm violators effective? Going by the figures of the city police, only 345 commuters were booked and a fine of Rs 5,97,900 collected in six days of crackdown they had conducted recently. Many would disagree with such a low incidence of offences in a city where more than 1.50 lakh people commute daily. According to official figures, the highest number of wrong side driving cases, 232 of them, were registered in traffic (west) division and Zone-7, which includes Ellisbridge, Vasna, Sarkhej, Vejalpur, Anandnagar, Paldi and Satellite.Most surprisingly, areas which come under the jurisdiction of Zone -4, i.e. Dariapur, Shahpur, Airport, Krishnanagar, Meghaninagar, Naroda, and areas which are under Zone -6, i.e. Isasnpur, Maninagar, Vatva, Vatva GIDC, Danilimda, Kagdapith and Narol, recorded zero wrong side driving cases. These areas have the most dense traffic and little regard for traffic norms. The official figures belie the state of unruly traffic and chaos on the roads here.Zone -3, which includes areas such as Kalupur, Shaherkotda, Gaekwad Haveli and Khadia, also registered only five wrong side driving cases in the six-day drive.Among those who opposed the figure most vehemently was Dr Praveen Kanabar, of Active Traffic Consultative Committee Trust (ATCC). Talking to Mirror, Kanabar said the numbers are much lower, not even 10% of all the commuters who risk their lives by driving vehicles on the wrong side.Refering to his own experience, he said, “While I was driving from Overbridge to Chadavad police chowky on Tuesday, a 1.5 km stretch of road, I saw at least seven persons driving on the wrong side. Some of the locals have removed road divider stones at every 50 metres of the road to enable them to drive on the wrong side, putting others’ lives in danger.”Dr Kanabar said it is not just the police who can control the menace of wrong-way driving. “A large-scale awareness program needs to be undertaken to educate people about the dangers of driving on the wrong side of the road and risking their lives.” He had written to CM Bhupendra Patel about training people and students about first-aid so that precious lives of those injured in accidents can be saved.First platinum minutesNearly half of the road accident fatalities occur in the first 15 minutes. “These 15 minutes are the first platinum minutes for the road accident victim, and first-aid or medical aid provided in these first 15 minutes can save lives. Even the ambulance services, in most of the cases, are not able to reach the accident spot in 20 minutes. This should be improved,” Kanabar said.JCP Traffic Mayanksinh Chavda said they conduct traffic drives as a deterrent for commuters who violate traffic norms. “We undertook the drive and did the best we could. We will also create awareness drives and try to provide first-aid lessons to common people and school children to save lives,” he said.

‘No wrong side driving in Dariapur, Shahpur, Vatva…’
BJP worker’s murder: Smoking affidavit found
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

Ahmedabad: City police investigating the murder of BJP worker Rakesh Mehta in Khadia by a small-time gangster Montu Namdar have determined that Mehta’s refusal to heed Namdar’s demand to file a false affidavit in a property dispute cost him his life.On the evening of June 8, Namdar along with Vishu Rami, Jayraj Desai and his two aides, and Sunil Bajania had bludgeoned Mehta to death with sticks and baseball bats near Hajira ni Pol in Khadia.The city police began an investigation into the case on a complaint filed by a resident of Anandnagar, Pavan Gandhi, with whose family Namdar had long-running disputes.According to police, the murder was spurred not by political rivalry but by a three-decade-long enmity over a marriage and two property disputes.In 1992, Namdar eloped with his cousin Namrata Gandhi, Pavan’s sister, and married her despite vehement objections from her family and community members.Sources in police said that Namrata’s uncle Rajesh Gandhi, her brother Pavan, and another relative Kumar Gandhi allegedly killed Namdar’s uncle Girish on February 7, 1993, as Girish had allegedly supported Namdar in marrying Namrata. The three were convicted and sentenced to life in jail. Pavan and Rajesh were released in 2006-07.In 2020, Namrata’s father Mukesh Gandhi made his will but her name did not figure in it. Namdar was furious. As Mehta, a close friend of Pavan’s family, signed the document as a witness, Namdar had a grudge against him.About four months ago, Namdar had filed a complaint with the economic offences wing of the city crime branch alleging that Pavan and his family had forged documents of properties located at Vatva-Gamdi village. The value of the properties was pegged at Rs 50 crore. Namdar had also filed a plea with the mamlatdar’s office in Vastral, which is pending at present.“Namdar was pressuring Mehta to file an affidavit in support of his pleas with police and the revenue officer. But Mehta constantly refused to do so after which Namdar planned to kill him in public view,” said a police officer.Namdar had allegedly acquired agricultural land in Vatva-Gamdi village regarding which the Gandhi family had filed a complaint alleging that Namdar had falsely showed himself as a farmer. Namdar had built a farmhouse on the land worth about Rs 100 crore from where he was caught by the city crime branch on June 9.The fight over the two properties and his wedding which Mehta never supported led to the murder, police said.

BJP worker’s murder: Smoking affidavit found
Amit Shah to inaugurate new police projects worth Rs 347 crore across Guj
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will inaugurate police projects, built and ready-to-use, worth Rs 347 crore across the state on May 29.Government sources said that after addressing a gathering in Nadiad, Shah will virtually inaugurate the police projects, which include 25 new police stations, police lines, SP offices, and headquarters, apart from Intelligence Bureau offices in Kutch district of Gujarat. The projects in Kutch aim to strengthen the land and sea border of the state.Amit Shah will arrive in the city on Friday night. PM Narendra Modi will also be on a one-day visit to the state. He will arrive on Saturday. “Union home minister Amit Shah will proceed to Nadiad where he will address a large gathering and dedicate the newly built police HQ in Nadiad. Later, he will virtually inaugurate ready-to-use police projects,” said state police chief DGP Ashish Bhatia.Police sources said projects worth Rs 57 crore will be inaugurated in Ahmedabad alone. “These include a 40-quarter police line in Vatva, 96 quarters in Devjipura and 104 quarters in the city. In Gandhinagar, projects worth Rs 192 will be inaugurated that include a 192-quarter police housing building and a barrack worth Rs 9.5 crore at Karai Police Training Academy,” Bhatia said.Shah will also inaugurate a cyber police station and a newly built Detection of Crime Branch office in Rajkot along with a DSP office in Dhoraji in Rajkot Rural. In Rajkot city, a 80-quarter police lines will be dedicated to the police personnel and officials in Rajkot city by Shah.In both Kutch (east) and (west), new police stations in Nara and Devpur will be inaugurated virtually. “Along with newly built marine police stations, IB buildings will also be inaugurated by the Union minister. These will help keep a watch on land and sea borders of the state, and keep an eye for intelligence on infiltrators and drug traffickers. Projects worth Rs 24 crore will be dedicated to the police force,” said a senior official.DGP Bhatia said that along with Tapi police headquarters built at the cost of Rs 13 crore, police stations and police buildings in Junagadh, Dang, Navsari, Banaskantha, Bhavnagar, Chota Udepur, Mehsana, Vadodara rural and Mahisagar will be inaugurated by Amit Shah.

Amit Shah to inaugurate new police projects worth Rs 347 crore across Guj
  • Gujarat: Amit Shah to inaugurate police housing projects on Sunday
  • Times of India

    GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat government is gearing up to host PM Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah. On Sunday, the PM will preside over a cooperation conclave while Shah will inaugurate police housing projects, worth Rs 348 crore, the state government said. Minister of state for home Harsh Sanghavi told mediapersons in Gandhinagar on Wednesday that residential and non-residential premises for police personnel, built at a cost of Rs 347 crore, will be inaugurated by the Union home minister. A total of 57 buildings in 25 districts will be inaugurated, Sanghavi said. State government spokesman Jitu Vaghani said arrangements to host PM Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah are in their final stages. "The PM will be in Gujarat for a day and will have two engagements, at Jasdan and Gandhinagar. Amit Shah will be in Gujarat for three days, May 27 to 29, and will preside over several engagements, besides watching the IPL final in Ahmedabad," Vaghani said. On other cabinet decisions, Vaghani said LPG dealers and distributors will no longer need permits from the state food and civil supplies department. About 1,000 LPG dealers will benefit from this decision, he added. Vaghani said a national conference on school education will be held in Gandhinagar on June 1 and 2, with participants from all states and the Union government.

110 jaundice, 177 typhoid cases in city in last 21 days
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago

Waterborne diseases have risen in the city seemingly due to the negligence of the AMC’s health department. There are more cases this year than there were in 2021. In the first 21 days of May, there have been 550 cases of diarrhoea and vomiting, 110 of jaundice and 177 typhoid cases. Also, there have been seven cases of cholera since the start of the year. These are just patients who were admitted in hospitals. Those who took outdoor treatment, which sources said are five times the number, are not notified by the AMC.Due to rising temperatures, use of water is increasing. Leakage in water pipelines in areas where there are illegal connections is leading to contamination of the water supply, causing waterborne diseases. In March, there were two cases of cholera in eastern part of Ahmedabad. The AMC had conducted checks in the Behrampura and Vatva areas. In April, another cholera case was detected in Seema Rowhouse in Behrampura.In water samples drawn from the city, 133 were declared unfit and 24 samples failed in May itself. In the last four and a half months, 32,651 chlorine tests were conducted of which 567 had shown a ‘nil’ report. There were 59 patients of malaria (falciparum) and 4 cases of malaria (vivax), 14 cases of dengue, 11 cases of chikungunya admitted to hospital in the 21 days of May 2022. There were 28,281 blood samples drawn for viral fever and 741 serum samples were taken by the AMC in May.From January 1 to May 21, there were 2,112 cases of diarrhoea and vomiting, 596 of jaundice, 614 of typhoid, and 7 cases of cholera in the city.

110 jaundice, 177 typhoid cases in city in last 21 days
  • 66 typhoid cases in hospitals in a week
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: In what comes as a warning for citizens, cases of waterborne diseases in the city are on an upward spiral even before the onset of monsoon. City hospitals have registered 66 new typhoid cases between May 14 and 21. The total number of typhoid cases in the city stood at 111 on May 14 which rose to 177 on May 21, up 59.5% from the previous week. Last year, 17 cases were recorded in the month of May. In the same week, city hospitals registered 155 new cases of diarrhoea. As on May 14, 395 diarrhoea cases were recorded which rose to 550 on May 21, up 39.3%. In comparison, only four cases of diarrhoea were registered in May last year.The number of jaundice cases stood at 110 on May 21, up 119% from 48 cases on May 14. In May last year, the hospitals had registered 23 jaundice cases. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s (AMC) health department data showed that cases of vector-borne diseases were also up as compared to last year. City hospitals registered 59 cases of malaria till May 21, up 14 from 45 cases as on May 14. Only six cases were reported in May last year. No new cases of falciparum were registered in the city this week while the number of dengue cases on May 21 stood at 14 up from seven as on May 14. AMC registers most complaints for mosquito control from its west, north-west, south and south-west zones. A health department official said that this month 9,715 chlorine tests were carried out, of which 308 results showed absence of residual chlorine. The department collected 1,412 bacteriological samples and found 24 samples unfit.

Scooter rams into parked truck, MBA student dies
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Ahmedabad: An MBA student with a private university in Sola died after ramming her two-wheeler into a truck parked on the flyover near a private hospital in Thaltej early on Monday. According to an FIR filed with SG-I traffic police, deceased Nikita Panchal, a 32-year-old resident of Chandraprabha Tenements in Ghodasar, was in her second semester of MBA (pharmaceuticals) at Ganpat University near Kargil Crossroads in Sola. Following the accident, locals found her identity card in her purse and informed the authorities at the institute about the incident. “A professor called and informed me that my daughter had met with an accident on SG Road and had been taken to Sola Civil hospital,” Jitendra Panchal, who runs a fabrication unit in Vatva, told police. The 54-year-old rushed to the hospital where he found that his daughter had died and her body had been sent for postmortem.“My daughter was going to her college when she met with an accident around 6.30am. She was riding her scooter and failed to spot the truck parked on the flyover. She crashed into it and suffered severe injuries on her head, face, and other parts of the body. This led to her death,” said Jitendra Panchal in the FIR. He alleged that his daughter died due to the negligence of the truck driver who had failed to put up any sign indicating that the vehicle was parked there. SG-1 traffic police registered a case of negligent driving causing death against the truck driver, who is now on the run.

Scooter rams into parked truck, MBA student dies
Finding curry too salty, man tonsures wifes head in Ahmedabad
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Ahmedabad: A Vatva man forcibly shaved the head of his 28-year-old wife and assaulted her after accusing her of adding extra salt to his food. The incident so terrified Rizvana Shaikh, a resident of Insaniyatnagar flats, that she gathered the courage to approach the police three days later.Filing a complaint against her husband with Vatva police on Wednesday, she said that she got married to Imran, 29, eight years ago. “He is a mason who works as a casual labourer to earn a living. On May 8, around 2pm, Imran came home for lunch. I gave him chapatis and curry. He did not like the taste and began abusing me for adding extra salt to the food. Though I told him that I would make something else, he continued to abuse me verbally,” she told police. Rizvana, allegedly, asked him not to abuse her over such a petty issue. “This enraged him and he got a stick and began hitting me. I threatened to call the police if he did not stop. Hearing this, he looked around and grabbed a razor. Before I could understand what was happening, he held me by force, pulled my hair and began shaving my head mercilessly. All my pleas for mercy fell on deaf ears,” she told police.Rizvana claimed that Imran released her only after shaving her entire head. “My screams brought the neighbours rushing to the house. They told me to go to the police but I was so frightened and traumatized that I managed to do so only after three days,” she said. The police have filed a complaint of causing hurt, uttering abusive words and criminal intimidation against Imran.

Finding curry too salty, man tonsures wifes head in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad: Man shaves off wife's head over 'extra salt' in food
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

AHMEDABAD: A 28-year-old woman from the Vatva area of the city on Wednesday filed a complaint with Vatva police stating that her husband shaved off her head over a dispute of adding extra salt in his food. Rizvana Shaikh, resident of Insaniyatnagar flats in Vatva, said in her complaint that the incident took place on May 8 but as she was frightened with the incident, she approached police three days later on Wednesday. Rizvana said that her husband Imran Shaikh, 29, works as a mason and earned their livelihood through casual labour. She was married to Imran eight years ago according to the wish of her family members, she said. “On May 8, at around 2pm, Imran came home and demanded food. As I gave him curry and Chapatis, he did not like its taste and began abusing me for pouring extra salt in the food. Even as I told him to make some other food, he continued to abuse me,” said Rizvana. As she told him not to abuse her over the petty issue, he took out a stick from the house with which he began beating her. “When he was beating me, I told him to leave or else I would approach the police. Listening to this, he searched something in our house and came up with a razor. Before I could understand anything, he held me forcibly, pulled my hair and began tonsuring without showing any mercy towards me even though I continuously pleaded to leave me,” said Rizvana. He left me only after he shaved my head, she said. Having heard her screams, her neighbours rushed to her house and told her to approach the police. But as she was frightened and traumatized, she did not file the complaint that day. Rizvana finally approached the police and filed a complaint of causing hurt, uttering abusive words and criminal intimidation against Imran.

Ahmedabad: Man shaves off wife's head over 'extra salt' in food
GCCI election schedule to be out today, may be held in July
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Ahmedabad: The elections of the apex trade and industry body of the state, Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GCCI), may be declared soon and the prospective candidates have started campaigning. GCCI elections are likely to be held in the last week of July this year though some may demand that they be conducted in June in line with tradition.GCCI may announce the election schedule on Monday during the executive committee meeting. Usually, GCCI elections are completed in June every year. “According to the rules, current office-bearers can hand over charge till July 31, but traditionally the process is completed through election or selection in June,” said a senior member of GCCI.Meanwhile, prospective candidates have started lobbying for the top posts. According to the constitution of the body, the senior vice-president takes over as the president for the following year. This year, Bhargav Thakkar, Jigish Doshi, Sanjeev Chhajer, and Mihir Patel may run for the senior VP post. Others did not comment about their candidature but Mihir Patel, a former president of Vatva Industries Association, confirmed that he will contest the election for the senior VP position. “GCCI is doing good work but many issues need to be dealt with,” he said. “They relate to GST, GPCB, and GIDC. These are continuous processes and I will try to make things simpler for industry and trade through dialogue with the government if I am selected.”The vice-president’s post may draw four candidates this year. GCCI textile committee head Saurin Parikh, environment committee chairman Yogesh Parikh, and senior members Anil Sanghvi and Madanlal Jayswal are the potential candidates, said reliable sources. All the candidates have conveyed their wish to their supporters and have started contacting GCCI members.

GCCI election schedule to be out today, may be held in July
Area of plot ‘thickens’ by 12% after development
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago

In an instance of gross negligence, it has emerged that officials of the engineering and estate department of the AMC issued a tender to a contractor to create a party plot in Vatva without measuring the said plot. Later it emerged that the area of the plot was more than what the tender had mentioned and the contractor sought an additional Rs27 lakh as expenses for work carried out in the excess area.The AMC standing committee also approved the revised tender (which factors in the cost incurred for the excess area) put forth by the official so that the additional expenses incurred by the contractor can be paid. The standing committee however did not seek an explanation from the officials about the discrepancy in the area measurement.Plot 74 of TP no. 58As per the details, AMC officials approved a tender to build an open party plot in plot no. 74 of TP scheme 58 of the Vatva. At that time the area of the said plot was mentioned as 5,157 sq m and a tender for Rs2.48 cr was approved. Later, it emerged that the area of the plot was 5,730 sq m, 12% more than what was originally stated. Since 90% of the work on the party plot had already been completed the officials put forth a request for a revised tender of Rs 2.75 crore. The argument was that the revised tender needed to be approved as the contractor had incurred additional material expenses (Rs 27 lakh) for work carried out in the additional area.The tender to develop the plot as an open party plot was first approved on December 19, 2019, by the AMC standing committee in favour of Dev Developers. The party plot was to come up on plot no 74 of TP scheme 58. The tender for the plot was approved for Rs2.48 crore, 14.14% less than the original estimated price. On October 17, 2020, a final work order was issued to the contractor. The engineering department then gave possession of the plot to the contractor so that the party plot could be developed.At that time, the area of the plot was mentioned as 5157 sq m. Later, when the estate department measured the plot, the area was 5,730 sq m, an increase of 12%. The contractor sought approval for a revised tender as he had incurred material expenses for the extra area. It was further argued that expenses were also incurred for filling the land, which had been 3 to 3.5 mt lower than the ground level. A revised tender of Rs2.75 crore was placed before the standing committee which was approved.Forced error?It should be noted that before a tender is issued, the area of a plot is measured and the price is decided on the same. This incident raises the question as to how the area of the plot increased after a tender had been issued. Was there an error in mentioning the area of the plot or did the AMC issue a tender without measuring the plot to benefit the contractor? Interestingly, the standing committee has already approved the revised tender without seeking an answer from the concerned officials.

Area of plot ‘thickens’ by 12% after development
Sanand: Industry, GIDC to woo investors
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

Ahmedabad: In a novel initiative, representatives of the Sanand GIDC Industries Association and GIDC have joined hands to promote investment at GIDC’s Sanand industrial estate, a large part of which remains unused. According to industry sources, 37% of the land at the estate or about 442 hectares remains unsold more than a decade after it was established.Even though the entry of Tata Motors with the Nano plant brought a slew of investments to the estate, a significant part remains unused. For the first time, GIDC officers and the Sanand GIDC Industries Association will jointly showcase the potential of the Sanand estate to MSME industrialists, as 442 hectares of the GIDC is unsold. The Sanand GIDC, which is going to be developed into a ‘smart estate’, will hold a special event to attract industrialists from nearby estates to Sanand. “The Tata Nano plant put Sanand on the global industrial map and Sanand GIDC has so far got plants of 25 multinational companies and 300 domestic companies. The total area of the estate is 1,200 hectares and 750 hectares has been allotted. The estate is 30km from Ahmedabad and can be home to all industries, except chemicals. On the other hand, industrial units in Naroda, Vatva, Odhav, Kathwada, Bapunagar want to expand but they do not have enough space. We, along with GIDC are organizing a programme to showcase Sanand GIDC’s world-class infrastructure to industry and will convince them to set up units in Sanand. It is ideal for engineering, automobiles and ancillary units, plastics, pharma, textiles and wheat-based products,” said Ajit Shah, president of Sanand Industries Association (SIA).SIA will host the programme on Saturday, where GIDC officers will interact with industrialists and answer queries regarding land allotment, permission and infrastructure. Some 250 industrialists from Santej, Chhatral, Gandhinagar, Naroda, Kathwada, Odhav, Vatva, Bapunagar and Surendranagar will visit Sanand GIDC on Saturday. “All domestic players who have set up plants in Sanand had manufacturing facilities at estates in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Surendranagar and they will share their experience with potential investors to show how coming to Sanand improved their business,” Shah added.

Sanand: Industry, GIDC to woo investors
Effluent treatment gets costlier for industries in Ahmedabad
Times of India | 2 months ago
Times of India
2 months ago

Ahmedabad: The increases in prices of raw materials are not only affecting the production activities in the industries, but also the treatment of effluent water. Major Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) have increased water treatment charges recently. Three major industrial hubs in the city -- Vatva, Naroda and Narol -- have seen effluent water treatment charges increase due to new technologies or raw material price hike. Chemicals and textiles units have seen production costs go up on one hand while on the other, high water treatment charges are also making the situation tough for them in terms of competitiveness. Industries based in Vatva are the hardest hit. The Green Environment Services Co-op Society Ltd, Vatva, has started using Fenton Catalytic Reactor technology for treatment of industrial effluents and increased the treatment charges. “This is one of the best technologies available for effluent water treatment. However, it has also increased the cost of treating effluent water. Earlier, we charged Rs 40,000 per 25,000 litres based on a certain COD value in water; this has now increased to Rs 80,000,” said Yogesh Parikh, head of the technical committee of the Vatva Green Environment Services Society. Naroda Enviro Projects Ltd (NEPL), which operates Naroda CETP, increased treatment charges recently. Shailesh Patwari, chairman of NEPL said, “Our CETP has a capacity to treat 1.40 crore litres per day but currently, the units are running at a lower capacity. So, our daily discharge is around 60 lakh litres per day. Urea is one of the key raw materials and its price has increased by 250-300% in the last three months. Prices of other chemicals have also increased by an average of 60%. Fuel and coal prices have gone up sharply besides salary costs. So, we had to increase effluent water treatment charges. We increased the charges to Rs 4 per litre per month in March.” Narol CETP, which treats effluent water released by around 120 textile processing units in the area, has also increased the costs. Narol Textile Infrastructure & Enviro Management (NTIEM) too followed suit. “Our subsidy in electricity is ending and prices of various materials have also increased. We are going for expansion as well,” said J K Vyas, CEO of NTIEM.

Effluent treatment gets costlier for industries in Ahmedabad