Ahmedabad Weather News

Cold November feign: Ahmedabad awaits chill
Times of India | 6 days ago | |
Times of India
6 days ago | |

AHMEDABAD: On November 5, the maximum temperature in the city was 36.5 degrees celsius - the warmest November day in five years, surpassing 35.5 degrees in 2021, 35.1 degrees in 2020, 34 degrees in 2019 and 36.3 degrees in 2018. While November has nearly ended, there's no sight of woollens in the city yet, with both day and night temperatures remaining normal or above normal. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had forecast a 'warm November'. The forecast on Friday said the minimum temperature will rise on Saturday and Sunday. Manorama Mohanty, head of IMD Gujarat, said the winter chill may set in by the end of November. "There has been no cold wave in the state this season. Maximum temperatures - which were as high as 36.5 degrees at the beginning of the month - have reduced gradually and are hovering around 31 degrees now," she said. On Friday, Ahmedabad's maximum temperature was 31.4 degrees and minimum was 14.8 degrees - almost at par with normal temperatures. No weather station in Gujarat recorded a temperature below 10 degrees, the coldest one was Naliya in Kutch, at 11.6 degrees. Minimum temperatures in Ahmedabad have also reduced from 20.2 degrees on November 12 to 17.5 degrees on November 16, 16 degrees on November 21 and 14.8 degrees on November 25. This year has registered extreme weather events with the hottest days of the past four years in summer, the maximum rainfall in a day during the monsoon, and now a warm start to the winter for Ahmedabad.

Cold November feign: Ahmedabad awaits chill
AAP like Siberian birds that migrate when election comes, says Fadnavis
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday called Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) “Siberian birds” that “migrate when election comes and return when its over” and termed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra a “Modi Virodhiyon Jodo Yatra”. Speaking at a political rally in Sabarkantha’s Bayad, Fadnavis said, “Do you know all these people of AAP are like Siberian birds? In Siberia, during extreme cold weather, the birds when they do not find anyting to eat, they fly to Mumbai and Surat, stay there for 2-3 months and when then cold weather ends fly back from Surat and Mumbai. AAP are like these Siberian birds that migrate when election comes and return when its over”.He further called them “liars” and as someone who would “dance in anyone”s marriage”. “Also, as you know there are some people in each village who start dancing in anybody’s marriage the moment band starts playing. Such are these people. Their habit is lying. After lying throughout the day they sit at night to evaluate their lies of the day and plan lies for the next day,” the BJP leader added.Accusing AAP to have deteriorated the law and order situation in Punjab, he said, “In Punjab, people are innocent, they believed in their revdi promises and elected them. But they are regretting it now. People are murdered in broad daylight, looted, such a bad law and order system that Punjab never witnessed.”Seeking support and vote for BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Fadnavis said that when the “son of Gujarat is taking care of the entire country then the entire Gujarat should back him” as today “national and world forces are dreaming on how to defeat Modi”. “Yuvraj came here, you know who is Yuvraj, I don’t call him Pappu but Yuvraj and what he speake I don’t understand that. At a time when there is election in Gujarat he is carrying out Bharat Jodo Yatra, he is roaming somehwere else. He comes for a day because he knows there is no point in coming to Gujarat. The seat where he addresses that seat is lost. The Bharat Jodo Yatra what Yuvraj ji started is not Bharat Jodo Yatra but Opposition Jodo Yatra,” he added referring to Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra.“Through Modi Virodhiyon Jodo Yatra they try to create an identity by coming together but no matter they try…,” Fadnavis added. Meanwhile, speaking at a rally in Ahmedabad’s Maninagar constituency, Fadnavis added, “This time such would be an immersion (visarjan) for Congress that it must not have ever thought. Rahul Gandhi is well aware about that and that is the reason he has vanished from Gujarat after one rally.”Fadnavis also reacted to Rahul’s remarks about Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar. “He is abusing Savarkarji. He is saying that he is not Savarkar but mafiveer. He is not a freedom fighter but mafiveer… You should be ashamed. The person who took all the suffering in Andaman’s prison, Rahul Gandhi you will not understand his sacrifice.” Last week, Rahul questioned Savarkar’s nationalism by citing from a letter in which he had sought mercy from the British.Fadnavis added that the Congress has always humiliated Subhash Chandra Bose and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

AAP like Siberian birds that migrate when election comes, says Fadnavis
First Indian Civilian Team successfully summit Amadablam, the most technical Mountain in Nepal
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 week ago | |

On the 8th of October, a team of 4 climbers from Maharashtra set out to take on the challenge of climbing Amadablam - 6812 meters ( 22,350 feet), one of the most technical mountains in the world. Located in the Everest region of Nepal the mountain is identified by its absolutely sheer ice walls and is an iconic feature on the popular Everest Base Camp Trek.The team was made up of Sauraj Jhingan & Samir Patham, both Everest climbers and the Founders of Adventure Pulse, a popular Indian Mountain Expedition Company. In addition to climbing Everest and several other summits around the world, they were actively involved and appreciated for their role in the rescue operation after surviving the Everest Avalanche in 2015 during their first attempt on Everest. They were joined on this expedition by two seasoned climbers Rahul Oak from Mumbai and Zeeba Khan Sajnani, at the age of 55 years, the oldest Indian to attempt this mountain and an Everest aspirant for 2023.Though thwarted by bad weather at the beginning of the expedition, the team progressed up the Everest Valley to finally occupy the Amadablam Base Camp on the 16th of October where they met their Sherpa Climbing Team. After a few days spent acclimatizing to the terrain and waiting for favorable weather, they finally set off to establish their higher camps.Popularly referred to as the ‘Matterhorn of the Himalayas’, this mountain is infamous for its technical and challenging sections of steep rock, snow and ice that need to be navigated with great care. Just days before their summit attempt, there had been several rescues in other teams related to frostbite as well as even one death on this mountain. Tragically, Mingma Wangdi Sherpa, who was part of the rope fixing team was found dead at Camp 3. The team of four climbers and four Sherpas ( Lakpa Sherpa, Norbu Sherpa, Dorje Sherpa, & Norbu M Sherpa) strategically made their way up the mountain to set up CAMP-2 on an exposed rock pinnacle at 6050mtrs and waited patiently. At midnight the team set off up the mountain and began navigating their way up a very treacherous ice face in extreme temperatures of -25 Degrees.On the 23rd of October, 2022 at 8:45 am, Rahul Oak, Sauraj Jhingan and Samir Patham crested the final ridge to reach the summit of Amadablam, thus joining a handful of Indians who have been able to achieve this feat. Blessed with extremely good weather, the team captured amazing footage from the summit, of some of the largest mountains in the world including Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. After spending half an hour on the summit, the team began the dangerous business of descending from the summit safely.As per the Himalayan Database ( https://www.himalayandatabase.com/), the most trusted source of information on Nepal Climbing expeditions, there are only 18 successful Indian summits of Amadablam. As per their records, this will be the first successful Indian Civilian Team to summit Amadablam. When asked about his experience, Sauraj said “This mountain appeared to be even more technical and difficult than Everest. At every step, you felt like you would end up plunging to your death if you weren’t careful”. Samir had this to add “Amadablam, is a mountain that truly tests you physically, mentally and emotionally. Would not recommend doing it ever again!”Though Everest was first climbed in 1953, Amadablam was only climbed much later in 1961. This mountain was once described by Sir Edmund Hillary, as being “unclimbable,” due to her imposing sheer faces that rise out among the many Himalayan summits. He later led the First successful Amadablam expedition in 1961 where Mike Gill (NZ) and Wally Romanes (NZ) reached the top via the Southwest Ridge. This achievement by Rahul Oak, Sauraj Jhingan and Samir Patham is definitely a hallmark moment in Indian Mountaineering.

First Indian Civilian Team successfully summit Amadablam, the most technical Mountain in Nepal
5 days, 11 roadshows: Kejriwal leads AAP push in Saurashtra, Kutch
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago | |

As the BJP officially launches its Gujarat campaign, Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal spent his longest stint of five days in the state, pitching the party in Saurashtra and Kutch.AAP is seen as having its best shot in Saurashtra districts, apart from Surat, and Kejriwal held over 11 roadshows in the five days he spent in the area. His theme was the same that his party has been talking about — “No party comes and talks to you about schools, no party talks to you about hospitals, no party talks to you about electricity, employment… Ours is the only party which talks about employment, electricity and your families,” he said.The five-day campaign push began with Kejriwal announcing national joint general secretary Isudan Gadhvi as AAP’s chief ministerial candidate, on Friday. Gadhvi also belongs to Saurashtra, specifically to Jamkhambhaliya taluka in Devbhumi Dwarka district.The AAP push coincided with Indranil Rajyaguru, its national joint secretary, also belonging to Saurashtra and a former MLA from Rajkot, quitting soon after the announcement of Gadhvi as CM candidate. Rajyaguru, who returned to the Congress, told The Indian Express he had suggested candidates for 22 seats to the AAP leadership, mostly in Saurashtra, “who were in the party even before I joined”. “But in those seats, these people tried giving tickets to weak candidates… just to help the BJP”.In 2017, the Congress had finished ahead of the BJP in the 54 Assembly constituencies in the 12 districts of Saurashtra and Kutch, getting 30 seats to the BJP’s 23 (the NCP got 1). The swing in favour of the Congress was attributed largely to farm distress and Patidar anger.This year the farmers are largely happy about prices for their produce in the market and the high MSPs, though input costs have risen. In 2017, the unsettled insurance claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) had also caused distress to those who suffered crop losses due to inclement weather. In 2020, Gujarat opted out of the scheme on the ground that companies were quoting a high premium.However, AAP has been able to draw some amount of Patidar support, reflected in its impressive performance in the Surat Municipal Corporation elections last time.Kejriwal’s five-day tour included two-three rallies in almost every constituency. Punjab CM and AAP star campaigner Bhagwant Mann, meanwhile, covered areas in central Gujarat and Ahmedabad.In the constituencies in coastal areas where fishermen will call the shots, Kejriwal listed his party’s “guarantees”, and said: “There is no need to give any money to any middleman… We will give a 25% subsidy on diesel, irrespective of the rate. We will also give loans to fishermen without any interest.” He also promised MSP on fish, houses for fishermen, and help for families of those who die in accidents, hoping to top up the BJP government’s promises just ahead of Diwali to the community.At his rally in Wankaner, near Morbi where 135 people died in the collapse of a suspension bridge, Kejriwal accused the BJP government of “defending” the company that carried out the renovation work – though without naming the Oreva Group.In rally after rally, Kejriwal claimed that unlike the BJP, he had no money power. In Kalavad of Jamnagar, he said, “For seven years I have been the chief minister of Delhi… (but) my bank account is empty, so is my party’s bank account.”He had something else with him, he said in Jetpur of Rajkot district. “After March 1, even in Gujarat, electricity will be supplied 24 hours and the bill will be zero! This is magic, isn’t it? I only know this magic. I have been given this gift by the Almighty.”

5 days, 11 roadshows: Kejriwal leads AAP push in Saurashtra, Kutch
Ahmedabad: AQI around 300 in Pirana, Bopal
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The air quality index (AQI) in Ahmedabad city on Monday was the second highest of the four cities monitored by SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research). Track the pollution level in your cityWhile Delhi was the worst with an AQI of 331, the Ahmedabad city AQI was 176, worse than Mumbai and Pune. In Ahmedabad, Pirana and Bopal registered a PM2.5 (particulate matter of 2.5 micron diameter) reading of around 300 micrograms per cubic metre of air. Only in Satellite and GIFT City were PM2.5 levels satisfactory, 98 and 93, respectively. In Raikhad, Rakhial and Lekhawada, PM2.5 levels were ‘moderate’. PM2.5 levels in Pirana (308), Bopal (297), Navrangpura (247) and Rakhial (204) were ‘poor’. Officials said PM2.5 is a concern for people’s. These tiny particles reduce visibility and cause the air to appear hazy when levels are elevated. Officials said the movement of vehicles in Bopal, Rakhial and Navrangpura add to the high levels of pollution. The officer said, “It is possible that with train movements on the Sabarmati to Sarkhej stretch could be adding to the increased level of PM2.5 pollution. Every time a train passes, railway crossings in the western parts of the city are closed for about 10 minutes. This could be a reason for the elevated level of pollution in Navrangpura.” Four trains pass on this stretch every day. About Bopal, he said vehicle density on roads in Bopal as very high and the are has narrow roads which are often blocked by parked vehicles occupying half of the road width. In Pirana, he said the high level of pollution was due to the garbage mound, which is major contributor to pollution in the city. Dr Bhavin Joshi, additional health officer with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, said, “Bopal is a developing area and with the Ring Road passing through it, vehicle movement is high. This could be one reason for higher pollution there.”

Ahmedabad: AQI around 300 in Pirana, Bopal
Delhi Air Pollution: Here are the apps, websites to use to tracking the daily AQI
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago | |

There seems to be no respite from the air pollution woes in India, particularly in metropolitan areas such as Delhi where the AQI remains in the severe to poor category. The National Capital Region (NCR) which includes cities such as Delhi, Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad, and Ghaziabad are all currently covered in smog with AQI for PM2.5 particles ranging from 300 and above. In such conditions, it’s important to keep track of the pollution levels and prep up accordingly – yes, stepping out in FFP1 and N95 masks does help. With all this in mind, we’ve listed down some of the best apps you can use to stay on top of air pollution in your city.If you only want to track AQI in the city of Delhi, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee’s (DPCC) real-time ambient air quality tracker provides the latest air quality data captured from various locations in Delhi. The interface displays a map of Delhi overlaid with various green target icons in different locations. Once you click on one of the icons, the website will display detailed air quality data for that particular location. While the website provides fairly detailed data, and shows pollution for PM2.5, PM10 particles as well as other polluting gases.  The interface is a old school and prone to glitches, but the data is accurate. The tracker only has data for Delhi and not the whole of the NCR.SAFAR or the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research is a project by the Indian government’s Ministry of Earth Sciences. The app is available on Android and iOS. The website is also available. uses data from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology in Pune to provide current air quality index and air quality forecasts for four metro locations: Delhi, Pune, Mumbai and Ahmedabad. While the multilingual app is available in four languages (English, Hindi, Gujarati, and Marathi), its interface resembles a website from the early 2000s.AirVisual is easily one of the most comprehensive air pollution monitors, providing real-time weather data for over 10,000 cities around the world. The app also provides historical data and forecasts, so you can check what time/day would be the best to step out and plan your outdoor activities accordingly. The app is free to use and does not come with any ads. And on top of that, the app also offers health recommendations to help you achieve minimum exposure to pollutants.Breezometer provides a super detailed look into the air quality of your city and its composition, even breaking down pollutants and showing how much of each is in the air. There’s also a dedicated map page providing real-time air quality street, down to the block and street levels. The app also notifies you of any changes in air quality for selected cities. Under the Air Quality page, you can also find health tips, providing recommendations on what you should do according to your health status.Sameer may not have the slickest user interface but it deserves a mention on this list regardless because it’s the Central Pollution Control Board’s official app. The app provides an hourly update of the National Air Quality Index (AQI) published by the CPCB. Users can also register complaints related to air pollution through the app itself.Shoot! I Smoke gives a comic twist to the whole air pollution measurement thing by providing information not using AQI, but through the cigarettes equivalent of the pollutants, you’ve inhaled. The interface is simple and shows you the number of cigarettes you’ve smoked, although you can tap on “See detailed info” if you wish to delve into specifics.The detailed info page breaks down the air pollution in your area into its pollutants, showing how much of each is floating around. You also get a map showing the air quality station closest to you.The World Air Quality Index project is a non-profit project started in 2007 and shows data for almost all cities in India. The project is providing transparent air quality information for more than 130 countries, covering more than 30,000 stations in 2000 major cities. The founding team for this is located in Beijing, China.The website is available at https://aqicn.org/ and it is mobile-friendly as well. Just search for Delhi or any other Indian city and you will see real-time data for the air quality in that area. Remember, the website is pulling data from official sources. For instance, in Delhi’s case it shows data from the DPCC website, but on an interface which is much easier to understand. It also gives some weather details, picked from the air quality monitoring station nearest to you.

Delhi Air Pollution: Here are the apps, websites to use to tracking the daily AQI
ISRO plans to return to Mars, explore dark side of moon with Japan
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago | |

After missions to the moon and Mars, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has now set its eyes on Venus and also plans to explore the dark side of the moon in collaboration with Japan.Making a presentation on ISRO’s future missions at the Akash Tattva conference here, Anil Bhardwaj, Director of the Ahmedabad-based Physical Research Laboratory, said the space agency also planned to send a probe to Mars.Bhardwaj said it was in talks with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for sending a lunar rover to explore the permanent shadow region of the moon.As per the initial plans, a lunar lander and rover built by ISRO will be put into orbit by a Japanese rocket with a planned landing near the south pole of the moon. “The rover will then travel to the permanent shadow region of the moon which never sees sunlight,” Bhardwaj said.He said the exploration of the region was interesting as anything that has remained in the PSR zone was akin to staying in deep freeze for times immemorial.Bhardwaj said the Aditya L-1 would a unique mission in which a 400-kg class satellite carrying the payload would be placed in an orbit around the Sun in such a way that it can continuously view the star from a point called the Lagrange Point L-1.The orbit would be located 1.5 million kilometres away from the Earth and it would try to understand the coronal heating, solar wind acceleration and the initiation of coronal mass ejection, flares and near-earth space weather.Bhardwaj said the Aditya L-1 and the Chandrayaan-3 missions would be taken up on priority as early as next year and were likely to be followed by the mission to Venus and the mission to the moon with JAXA.The success of the lunar rover on board Chandrayaan-3 was crucial as it would be used again in the mission with JAXA.

ISRO plans to return to Mars, explore dark side of moon with Japan
Gujarat goes to polls on Dec 1, 5
Ahmedabad Mirror | 4 weeks ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
4 weeks ago | |

♦ Voting for 89 seats will be held on Dec 1 and for 93 seats on Dec 5, including Ahmedabad♦ Counting of votes for all 182 seats to take place on December 8, along with HPThe elections for Gujarat Assembly will be held in two phases on December 1 and 5. The Chief Election Commissioner announced the schedule for the polls for 182 seats of the Assembly. Counting of votes will take place on December 8 along with Himachal Pradesh. With this announcement at around noon on Thursday, the model conduct of conduct has come into force.Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said voting for 89 seats will be held in the first phase on December 1 and for 93 seats in the second phase on December 5. The term of the Gujarat assembly ends on February 18, 2023 and the elections have been announced 110 days in advance, he said.Of the 182 seats, 13 are reserved for scheduled castes and 27 for scheduled tribes. Out of 4.90 crore voters in the state, 4.6 lakh will vote for the first time.For the first time candidates will be able to file their nomination papers online. As a new initiative, the Commission has decided that at least one polling station per district shall be managed by the available youngest eligible employee of that district.There will be 51,782 polling stations in the state, 3.29% more than last elections in 2017.As part of its firm commitment towards gender equality and greater constructive participation of women in the electoral process, there will be at least one polling station managed exclusively by women and persons with disabilities in every Assembly constituency. In such women managed Polling stations, all election staff, including police and security personnel, will be women, Rajiv Kumar said.Candidates with criminal antecedents are required to publish information in this regard in newspapers and through television channels on three occasions during the campaign period, Kumar added.Comprehensive instructions for the purpose of effective monitoring of the election expenditure of the candidates have been issued, which include formation of Flying Squads (FS), Static Surveillance Teams (SST), Video Surveillance Teams (VST) and other government agencies.The CEO denied allegations of the Opposition regarding deliberate delay in announcing polls in Gujarat. He said EC had to balance many things including weather, last date of the term of the Assembly and the number of days the model code of conduct should be in force.“We also had to take note of the Morbi bridge collapse tragedy and the period of state mourning till Wednesday,” Kumar told reporters to justify EC action.EC to go miles for voters There will be a polling station in a shipping container in Vagra Assembly constituency in Bharuch district. The polling station will have basic facilities such as drinking water. For Shiyal Bet, a team will travel 15 km by boat to reach the polling station on the island as it has no alternative connectivity to the mainland. The nearest town from Shiyalbet is Jafrabad which has 4,757 voters. Three polling stations are also being set up in Madhupur-Jambur in Gir Somnath district for the Siddis. Siddis, the EC said, are descendants of East African people who came to India between the 14th and 17th centuries and now reside here. Kumar said they are our proud voters. Out of 3,481 voters there, 90 per cent are from the Siddi community.​​​​​​​

Gujarat goes to polls on Dec 1, 5
  • Ahmedabad to go to polls on Dec 5
  • Ahmedabad Mirror

    Ahmedabad city and district will go to polls on December 5 in the second phase of Gujarat Assembly election. There are 21 seats in the district, of which 16 are in Ahmedabad city and 5 in the rural. According to the Election Commission, 93,428 new voters will cast their vote this time in the district. The counting of votes will be held on December 8 at the LD College centre for eight seats, Polytechnic centre for six seats and Gujarat College seven seats. Ahmedabad Collector Dhaval Patel, who is also the District Election Officer, said 351 teams comprising 27,000 personnel have been created for implementation of the model code of conduct. A single window system has been created for permission of the rallies and procession.Out of the total 21 seats, 19 are general seats while 2 are scheduled caste seats including Danilimda and Asarwa. The voting will be held at 5,599 polling stations across the district. Out of these 4,391 will be in urban areas and 1,208 in rural areas.Ahmedabad city will have 1,230 polling centres while rural will have 697. Out of these 147 will be Sakhi polling stations, 21 Adarsh polling stations, 21 Disabled polling stations, 21 Eco Friendly polling stations and 1 Youth polling station.Patel said, “There are 59,93,046 voters in the district, out of which 31,17,271 are males and 28,75,564 females. Youth voters are 93,428 and adults above the age of 80 are 1,31,310. The number of service voters is 3,365.”Authorities have started a “1950” helpline for information related to the voters’ list.

Urban Ahd 3-4°C hotter than its rural zones
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Why does a bungalow in Shela or an apartment near Kankaria lake seem cooler than a big house in Jodhpur or a flat on SG Road? A new study initiated by the scientists of the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Group of Isro-SAC (Indian Space Research Organisation-Space Applications Centre) has found that urban areas or municipal limits of Ahmedabad are 3-4°C warmer than the adjacent rural areas. Another finding of the study is that those living around water bodies will experience, during the day, temperatures that are 1-1.5°C lower than in urban or suburban areas. Such temperature dips are recorded near lakes and close to the Sabarmati riverfront. According to an AMC study carried out in early 2021, Ahmedabad lost 365 acres of lakes in 42 areas, which could have acted as heat sinks for the city. The AMC had identified 142 lakes that were lost to construction projects. These lakes vanished from areas such as Bodakdev, Vastrapur, Vejalpur, Ranip, Motera-Chandkheda, Isanpur, and Kaligam. "The AMC came up with a list of 142 lakes, but we had to reject the list as the lakes were not shown as such on our records," said a senior Ahmedabad collectorate official. The scientists have squarely blamed land use patterns, building materials, vehicular traffic density, road types, loss of water bodies and green patches, and rising pollution sources for the high variability of surface air temperatures within various city areas. To track variability, air temperatures are measured at a height of about 2 metres. The Isro scientists involved in the study were Neeru Jaiswal, Sanjib Deb, Sambit Panda, Anup Mandal, Aman Khan, and C M Kishtawal. They had installed a ground weather network of HOBO MX2302 thermo-hygrometers at 36 different locations in the city, representing diverse urban as well as rural conditions. The instruments measured the extent of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. The effect describes higher temperatures at a location compared to the nearby rural areas. "The UHI in Ahmedabad is found most intense before sunrise and after sunset, which is 6am and between 8pm and 10pm respectively," the study said. The UHI is very low or negative during sunshine hours which are between 10am and 4pm. The study added that high-resolution temperature forecasts are required to mitigate the effects of extreme conditions like heatwaves.

Urban Ahd 3-4°C hotter than its rural zones
Mumbai’s air more toxic than Delhi’s, AQI can improve if snarls are prevented: Gufran Beig
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

Dr Gufran Beig, Founder Project Director, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) & Chair Professor NIAS, IISc, speaks to Omkar Gokhale on Mumbai’s deteriorating AQI, the contributing factors and what can be done about it.Why is Air Quality Index (AQI) so bad this year and what are the contributing factors?The accumulation of suspended fine particulate matter in the air post-Diwali was high due to calm wind conditions which prevailed in Mumbai. The Southwest monsoon has just withdrawn from Mumbai. After the withdrawal of monsoon, anti-cyclonic circulation prevails, which lead to stagnant wind speed. In addition to this, Cyclone Sitrang, which formed in the Bay of Bengal, also contributed to slowing the wind speed on October 24. People celebrated Diwali with much vigour this year. Hence, with additional emissions due to burning of firecrackers, AQI shot up to ‘very poor’ category. However, it quickly recovered. Increased windspeed has led to improved AQI in Mumbai in the last two days. Due to heavy rain in the past two years in Mumbai, all pollutants got washed away and Mumbai observed “satisfactory” AQI in 2020 and 2021. However, this year, with the monsoon withdrawing earlier and no rain during Diwali, the pollutants were not washed away.Is climate change affecting the AQI of Mumbai and what are the factors leading to deteriorating AQI in the city for the last few years?While the change in AQI is a day-to-day phenomenon, climate change refers to long-term, say decadal change. In all likelihood, climate change is responsible for unprecedented extreme pollution events, which are weather-related and sometimes related to large-scale systems. In 2022 itself, there were three back-to-back duststorms in the month of January and February originating in the Gulf region and Thar desert. It was unusual as duststorms normally do not occur during winter as the air is still heavy. Ongoing westerly disturbances pushed most of the dust to Mumbai, affecting its AQI. If you refer to air quality data of SAFAR for the last seven years from 2015, you will see only a marginal change in the AQI. However, extreme pollution events are increasing. While overall air quality might remain the same, pollution is too high on certain days because of slow wind trapping pollutants in the air and is extremely low on some days due to heavy rains, which wash away the pollutants. Mumbai also recorded the lowest AQI during the monsoon this year. Extreme events are averaging out each other. However, it is of concern as it does not give the exact idea of impact on the environment.Are construction of infrastructure projects in the city affecting the air quality?Large number of infrastructure projects create dust and it majorly contributes to the quantity of bigger particles, including PM 10. Contribution of dust to smaller particles like PM 2.5 is relatively less. There are excavations going on for such projects and such work impacts air quality related to PM 10 and increasing pollution in the city.Interestingly, the level of biofuel emissions due to the use of coal and wood for cooking and water heating in the city’s slums has increased since last year. While it declined after the Ujjwala scheme was introduced, due to economic issues and other reasons, the slum population has resorted back to quick food-cooking measures leading to increased emission of biofuels, which contributes to the quantity of PM 2.5 in the air.As per a SAFAR sample survey of 80 slum clusters in Mumbai having a population of 5 lakh, from around 40 per cent of slum residents using LPG, a 2018 survey found that the number of slum residents using LPG had increased to 85 per cent after the introduction of the Ujjwala scheme in 2016-17. However, updated data of 2021 revealed that 70 per cent slum population was consuming LPG and 30 per cent had resorted to the use of biofuel.Mumbai is surrounded by sea on three sides, so surface windspeed is normally higher. There is also wind reversal now and then. When winds originate from the oceanic side, it is clean and it sweeps away all the city’s pollution leading to cleaner AQI but when it gets reversed, AQI deteriorates. This cycle continues for the whole year. Mumbai is blessed by this geography.Is AQI affecting the quality of life of Mumbaikars and what are the likely health hazards and solutions?The people of Mumbai are certainly likely to face the threat of health hazards, including respiratory system-related diseases, as humidity is high and there is a high level of toxicity in the air emissions. Since the pollutants are made up of different chemicals, the toxicity of pollutant particles differs from city to city. There is lot of water in the atmosphere due to humidity and particles emitted due to industry, vehicles and traffic jams make a toxic blend of toxins. Although the mass concentration of PM 2.5 particles in Mumbai is much lower than Delhi, Mumbai’s pollutants have more toxic elements than that in Delhi. If traffic jams can be prevented, improvement in AQI is bound to happen.What are SAFAR’s initiatives for public awareness about impacts of low AQI and pollution?SAFAR has started awareness programmes in many cities and focuses on workshops for schoolgoing children. School awareness programmes, in which the flag of a particular AQI prevailing on that day is put up, is being implemented in cities like Pune and Ahmedabad. Children are being made aware about advisories based on AQI forecasts and the impacts of climate change during morning assembly. If any school contacts us, we may launch such programmes in Mumbai as well. We are seeing changes in children’s mindsets after our awareness programmes. Parents conveyed to us that considering the impact of air and noise pollution, their children were voluntarily deciding not to burst firecrackers. There is a paradigm shift in approach and if children are made aware of the same, our cities will have a better future.

Mumbai’s air more toxic than Delhi’s, AQI can improve if snarls are prevented: Gufran Beig
Gujarat’s date with bestu varas is unique
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Greetings of 'saal mubarak' will resound through Gujarat as people wish each other a happy new year on Wednesday. While several states usher in their new year in the spring, or the March-April period according to the Gregorian calendar, Gujarat has followed a different path. Many Indian states follow the Vikram Samvat calendar, which begins with the month of Chaitra, spanning March and April. While several states celebrate their New Year in Chaitra, the Gujarati New Year is observed on the first day of the month of Kartik, the eighth month of Saka Samvat. Prof Ramji Savaliya, former director of the B J Institute of Learning & Research, attributes Gujarat's impetus to follow the Kartik to Ashwin cycle to two factors: the influence of the Vir Nirvan Samvat and the business cycle. "Several rulers gave patronage to Jainism. Diwali is considered the nirvana of Lord Mahavir, so the new year in Vir Nirvan Samvat starts the following day. Likewise, the tradition of chopda pujan (the ritual of performing a puja of account books in front of the deities for good omen) on Diwali along with Lakshmi puja set the accounting cycle," he said. With the end of the monsoon and a relatively lean period for the farming folk, Diwali emerged as a significant festival in Gujarat along with its religious significance, Prof Savaliya said. Symbolically, it was the time to start afresh; thus, on the next day – New Year’s Day – people used to wish each other happiness and prosperity. He added, “The practice of multiple-day celebrations emerged as the society had more money to spend, saw leaner agricultural activities, and enjoyed relatively good weather. There’s traditionally no business from New Year to Labh Pancham.” Historians like Prof Makrand Mehta also point out that the greeting ‘saal mubarak’ is believed to have its origins in Gujarat’ssea trade with the Arabs. Several traditions associated with New Year good omens have prevailed over the generations. Kiran Rana, a resident of Kansara ni Pol, said that as children, they would begin New Year’s Day with calls of ‘Sabras’, going from house to house and giving a lump of salt for good luck. “In several pols, the tradition is still alive. Likewise, visiting a temple is also a must to start the year on an auspicious note,” he said.

Gujarat’s date with bestu varas is unique
Ahmedabad: ‘Zero day’ at Civil hospital: No Covid, H1N1 cases
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: On Sunday, Civil Hospital recorded 'zero day' for two major infections - Covid and swine flu. Dr Rakesh Joshi, medical superintendent of the hospital, said that after 122 days, the Covid cases got zero at the Covid ward, whereas no new swine flu cases were recorded after over 200 days. "Change in weather, herd immunity and vaccination in case of Covid could be some of the reasons for the phenomenon," said Dr Joshi, adding that one must however not let the guards down with festivities around the corner. Gujarat had 718 active cases of Covid on Sunday, out of which 197 were in Ahmedabad. The city had recorded 21 new cases.

Ahmedabad: ‘Zero day’ at Civil hospital: No Covid, H1N1 cases
  • Gujarat: ‘Denying claim for Covid treatment like breach of law’
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The Gandhinagar District Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission was critical of the insurance companies' approach in dragging their feet in reimbursing Mediclaim for Covid-19 treatment and it said that denying or deducting Mediclaims for Covid-19 treatment amounts to breach of law on part of the insurers because private hospitals charged exorbitant rates from helpless patients during the troubled times. The case involved a 72-year-old lawyer from Gandhinagar, Bipinbhai Vyas. He fell ill in September 2020. It was during his second RT-PCR test that he was found Covid-19 positive. For the first five days, he remained in home isolation and took treatment. But after he complained of breathing problems, he was shifted to CIMS Hospital in Ahmedabad. He paid Rs 2.5 lakh for a week's treatment in the hospital. Vyas had an insurance cover from the Oriental Insurance Co Ltd, which paid him only Rs 91,000 and deducted Rs 1.59 lakh. When Vyas sued the insurer and the hospital for the unjustified deductions, the hospital made it clear that it had not charged more, and the insurer was responsible for deduction in the Mediclaim. The insurer justified deductions by submitting that following the Gujarat high court's order, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and the state government came up with notification fixing rates for Covid treatment in private hospitals. The amount was deducted according to the AMC circular only. After hearing the case, commission's president D T Soni and member J P Joshi said that the commission had earlier observed that private hospitals cannot charge exorbitant rates from patients during the pandemic time, but they have charged very high. "However, insurance companies cannot deduct or repudiate Mediclaim for Covid-19 treatment because private hospitals have taken exorbitant charges from vulnerable patients for treatment provided during troubled times. If done, it amounts to breach of law," the commission observed. It added that deducting amounts from the claim is also breach of guidelines issued by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) during the pandemic. Besides ordering the insurer to pay Rs 1.59 lakh with 8% interest to Vyas, the commission has also asked the company to pay Rs 10,000 compensation for causing mental agony to the consumer.

  • ‘Denying claim for Covid treatment like breach of law’
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The Gandhinagar District Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission was critical of the insurance companies' approach in dragging their feet in reimbursing Mediclaim for Covid-19 treatment and it said that denying or deducting Mediclaims for Covid-19 treatment amounts to breach of law on part of the insurers because private hospitals charged exorbitant rates from helpless patients during the troubled times. The case involved a 72-year-old lawyer from Gandhinagar, Bipinbhai Vyas. He fell ill in September 2020. It was during his second RT-PCR test that he was found Covid-19 positive. For the first five days, he remained in home isolation and took treatment. But after he complained of breathing problems, he was shifted to CIMS Hospital in Ahmedabad. He paid Rs 2.5 lakh for a week's treatment in the hospital. Vyas had an insurance cover from the Oriental Insurance Co Ltd, which paid him only Rs 91,000 and deducted Rs 1.59 lakh. When Vyas sued the insurer and the hospital for the unjustified deductions, the hospital made it clear that it had not charged more, and the insurer was responsible for deduction in the Mediclaim. The insurer justified deductions by submitting that following the Gujarat high court's order, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and the state government came up with notification fixing rates for Covid treatment in private hospitals. The amount was deducted according to the AMC circular only. After hearing the case, commission's president D T Soni and member J P Joshi said that the commission had earlier observed that private hospitals cannot charge exorbitant rates from patients during the pandemic time, but they have charged very high. "However, insurance companies cannot deduct or repudiate Mediclaim for Covid-19 treatment because private hospitals have taken exorbitant charges from vulnerable patients for treatment provided during troubled times. If done, it amounts to breach of law," the commission observed. It added that deducting amounts from the claim is also breach of guidelines issued by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) during the pandemic. Besides ordering the insurer to pay Rs 1.59 lakh with 8% interest to Vyas, the commission has also asked the company to pay Rs 10,000 compensation for causing mental agony to the consumer.

Strong demand, good harvest promise textile revival by Diwali
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The textile industry is hoping for a strong recovery in anticipation of a bumper cotton crop and a revival in consumer sentiment during the festival season. Analysts say Indian ginned cotton production will be more than 3.60 crore candies next season. Cotton analyst Arun Dalal said, “Gujarat has seen strong supply of new cotton, especially in the Saurashtra region. Currently, daily arrivals at market yards is around 4,000 bales (170kg) and by the end of the first week of October, we will see 9,000 bales a day. Farmers are currently getting Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,100 a bale depending on the quality of the cotton.” He said ginned cotton prices are Rs 70,000 to Rs 72,000 a candy (356kg) and November- December forward contracts are priced at around Rs 65,000 to Rs 67,000. Indian cotton prices are still Rs 1,500 a candy higher than international prices. He said there will be a good crop this year because cotton acreage has increased to 1.27 crore hectares from 1.18 crore hectares last year. Preliminary estimates suggest India’s cotton production may be at least 3.60 crore candy this year, so there will be no shortage of cotton as was experienced last year. The international cotton crop is expected to be smaller because China and Pakistan have seen adverse weather. Jayesh Patel, vice-president of the Spinners’ Association Gujarat (SAG), said, “30-comb cotton yarn is priced at Rs 280 a kg from the earlier high of Rs 400 a kg, but there is no demand and mills are running below 40% capacity. We believe good crop arrivals will bring prices down further to Rs 260 a kg soon and at that level we will see a revival in demand. Market yard arrivals are there, but purchases from ginning units are low because demand is dull. Once yarn prices start to reduce, the entire value chain will see good business. We believe that by Diwali, spinning mills production will be back to normal.” Gaurang Bhagat, president of the Maskati Kapad Market Mahajan said, “High cotton prices affected the textile sector badly, but we see good demand for the festival period and lower inventory will result in new orders.”

Strong demand, good harvest promise textile revival by Diwali
Guj: ‘50% clients in fake paper racket untraceable’
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat police are facing a roadblock investigating an illegal immigration ring busted earlier this month. The Special Operations Group (SOG) had raided an office near Delhi Darwaza and found evidence that the accused had allegedly forged government-certified documents of more than 1,000 people to send them to the US illegally. However, when the police issued notices to these people, half of them were either unavailable or untraceable, said police officers. The SOG raided the office run by New Ranip resident Suryaprakash Koshti,52, and his two sons Abhishek, 26, and Nishith, 22, on September 13. "Based on documentary evidence found in the office, we prepared a list of around 1,000 clients who had approached them over the past four years," said an SOG officer. "We sent notices to all of them, asking them to record statements as witnesses. However, most of them remain untraceable. They were not found at the addresses mentioned in the documents. While some of the addresses were fake, people no longer lived at the given addresses in the remaining cases," added the officer. While some of the addresses were fake, people no longer lived at the given addresses in the remaining cases. Some clients recorded their statements but expressed ignorance about the racket," said an SOG officer. The police have also approached the Canadian embassy as several clients had got student visas and later moved to the US illegally from there, revealed the officer. The SOG had received information about the fake documents racket after one of Koshti's beneficiaries was deported from the US. An immigration officer gave the information about the widescale racket. Police officers believed Koshti worked closely with human smugglers who sent people from North Gujarat to the US. "We had arrested the Koshtis and two middlemen earlier this month. They had forged documents, including bank statements, balance sheets, gumasta licences, and IT certificates with official stamps. The accused provided any document needed to procure visas and passports," said the officer. "Of the 1,000 clients, 35 were from Dingucha in Gandhinagar who had approached the Koshtis since January this year despite the Dingucha tragedy which had caught global attention," said police. The Gujarat police and state agencies began cracking down on human smuggling rackets after the Canadian police found Jagdish Patel, 35, his wife, Vaishali, 33, and their children Vihanga, 12, and Dharmik, 3, lying together, frozen, in an empty field near the Canada-US border on January 19. The Dingucha residents had reportedly separated from a larger group of Indians who made it across the border to the US in -35 degrees Celsius weather. Officials believe the family's deaths to be a case of human smuggling.

Guj: ‘50% clients in fake paper racket untraceable’
‘Inspections, adherence to rules can save lives’
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Even before the high-profile crash which killed former Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry in early September, rules for seatbelt use by rear passengers were in place, but were seldom publicized or enforced, said K K Kapila, chairman emeritus of the International Road Federation (IRF). IRF recently handed over a detailed audit report of the 70-km stretch between Vapi in Gujarat and Manor-Palghar in Maharashtra to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH). "The purpose of the exercise was to highlight how the quality of national highways can be improved. While human factors are surely important with weather and vehicle conditions, one factor in such cases is road engineering. What we found in our audit such as the lack of proper road signs, road infrastructure and warning signs can be applied to any other road," said Kapila. "Regular inspections of such stretches should be carried out based on set rules and regulations. New construction should adhere to the rules, which can save many lives." He cited the example of the good samaritan rule, where accident victims can be helped by passersby without fear of harassment. "Even today, few come forward fearing hassles. The popularization of road safety practices, road signs and knowledge can also play a major role," said Kapila. The IRF members pointed out concepts such as Object Hazard Marker (OHM) which is a rectangular sign with diagonal yellow and black stripes and zig-zag road corner marks, which both indicate 'accident prone zone ahead.' But such markers are seldom used on our roads, they added.

‘Inspections, adherence to rules can save lives’
Gujarat: Special Operations Group finds seals of income tax department, banks
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Nearly a week after a team of the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the city police raided an office near Delhi Darwaza and found a visa documents racket, it has been revealed during the investigation that "most of the documents seized by police were genuine". These items include stamps and letterheads of two income tax officers from Ahmedabad and Surat, and documents of several bankers working with nationalized banks in Ahmedabad, Surat, and Mumbai. Sources in police said that the accused Suryaprakash Koshti, 52, and his sons Abhishek, 26, and Nishith, 22, residents of Sun Real Homes in New Ranip, have close links with human smugglers. Police said that the Koshtis' accomplices are Udayprakash Pujary, 42, a resident of Paramsukh Society in New Ranip, and Jayesh Koshti, 29, a resident of Otamba Society in Bapunagar. "The accused and human smugglers, mainly from North Gujarat, had links with some government officers and senior bankers," said an officer of the SOG. "This was apparent from the documents and items seized from their office at BG Tower near Delhi Darwaza on September 13." Police sources said the accused provided "single-window solutions" to those who wanted to reach the US illegally. "These accused provided all the documents that illegal immigrants needed," the officer said. "They issued bank statements, balance sheets, gumasta licence, and income tax certificates with official stamps." The accused initially copied documents from government or bank originals but later in connivance with their contacts they procured original documents to get passports or visas, said sources in police. Earlier, it was revealed that the accused had stamps and letterheads of various talatis of North Guajrat including one from Dingucha. The investigation also revealed that at least 35 from Dingucha had travelled to the US illegally. Gujarat Police and state agencies began investigating human smuggling rackets after Canadian police found Jagdish Patel, 35, his wife, Vaishali, 33, and their children Vihangi, 12, and Dharmik, 3, lying frozen in an empty field near the Canada-US border on January 19. These Dingucha residents had reportedly separated from a larger group of Indians who made it across the border to the US in -35 degrees celsius weather. Officials believe the family's deaths are linked to human smuggling.

Gujarat: Special Operations Group finds seals of income tax department, banks
Ahmedabad: ‘Ecological solutions needed more than drains’
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: If the recent extreme weather events in Ahmedabad - high temperatures between March and May, erratic monsoon rain and urban floods - are any indication, the city is in trouble. A study now says the city needs a better blue-green infrastructure (BGI) network, a combination of developing and integrating more lakes, gardens, open spaces with existing civic infrastructure for ecological restoration. The researchers, Ravnish Kaur and Kshama Gupta of the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun, say that the existing stormwater drain network can serve just 55% of the city leaving many areas to vulnerable to urban floods. With the climate crisis footprint becoming larger every year, it is now vital for Ahmedabad, its citizens, and its planners to adapt to the vagaries of the climate crisis. Each year 40% of the average annual rainfall flows away as surface run-off in the city. Many areas of the city are left waterlogged and that is mainly due to the insufficient capacity of drains as they are designed for 20% to 25% of peak rainfall. "Ahmedabad thus requires a well-defined BGI network, where existing gardens and lakes can act as natural basins for the retention of stormwater, while excess water can finally be discharged into the Sabarmati," the study says. The study points out that the western side of the city slopes down from north to south and from west to east while the eastern side slopes down from east to eest towards the Sabarmati River. Ahmedabad has very less green cover (12.3%) and blue infrastructure or lakes (2.2%), the latter is degrading continuously. The study cited the examples of Vancouver and Copenhagen, where city-wide strategies to mitigate urban floods through nature-based stormwater management have been implemented. Another possible solution the study mentions is integrating blue- green practices across barren surfaces of the city (34.7%) and road networks (8.8%) to reduce the imperviousness factor of Ahmedabad and encourage greater absorption of water.

Ahmedabad: ‘Ecological solutions needed more than drains’
All city roads to be repaired within 15 days
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago | |

Amdavadis fed up with washed out and pothole-ridden roads can look forward to having smooth rides by September 27, thanks to National Games kicking off in the city. Looking at the prestigious games, the state government has asked AMC to repair or resurface all damaged roads in the city, particularly in the western parts.The state government has instructed the civic body to take up repair work on a war footing as only 15 days are left for the games to kick off. Nearly 70 percent of the roads in the city are in a bad shape. They are broken with potholes at several places. AMC has done repairing in some parts but now it has been instructed to spare no efforts.The roads leading to and near Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Sabarmati Riverfront, the Kalupur Railway Station and the airport will get top priority. Municipal Commissioner Lochan Sehra has instructed his team to put up concerted efforts to ensure that there are no complaints.The bridges on the River will also be repaired. Road dividers will be painted and footpaths will also be repaired. In a meeting with deputy municipal commissioners of all the seven zones, Sehra asked them to remain on standby till the games are over.He also instructed officials to ensure cleanliness across the city. All heaps of garbage lying in different parts of the city will be lifted and street lights repaired. The inaugural function of the National Games will be held at Motera Stadium where over 1 lakh people will be in attendance. Though the two-day rains have forced the civic body to put road repairing on hold, it will be taken on a 24x7 basis as soon as the weather clears.Games to be hosted in cityVenue SportsRiverfront canoeing, rowing,Trans stadia football, rugby, roller skating, tennis, soft tennisSanskardham archery, kho-kho, malkhambKensville golf, lawn ballPolice Stadium footballRifle Club shootingCrown Sports shotgun shooting

All city roads to be repaired within 15 days