Times of India | 5 days ago | 22-09-2022 | 05:57 am
AHMEDABAD: On Wednesday, the state government withdrew the cattle control bill in response to protests but the AMC on the same day decided to take the traffic-menace bull by the horns for VIPs as a focused new mission. The AMC will ensure that VIP routes are cleared of bovine blocks with the assistance of a private agency. The agency will have five other responsibilities. The AMC's standing committee on Wednesday received a proposal to appoint an additional agency that will supply labour to help the Cattle Nuisance Control Department (CNCD). This is the first time that the CNCD mentions VIP duties as one of its functions. The remit includes the removal of cattle that obstruct VIP movements in the city during political rallies, business conventions, and road shows. On August 13, former deputy CM Nitin Patel was injured after a stray bovine galloped into the Tiranga Yatra which he was leading in Kadi town in Mehsana district. Naresh Rajput, the director of the CNCD, said, "We began engaging private agencies in 2019 for only providing extra manpower. The contract will end shortly this year." He added: "But now for the first time, we have proposed to appoint an agency which will assist us in six fixed tasks, which also include the removal of stray cattle from VIP routes ahead of their planned visits." According to the proposal, the AMC will pay the agency Rs 2.9 crore per annum. A copy of the proposal is with TOI. The functions mentioned by the proposal are removing cattle within a designated perimeter around VIP routes; removing cattle from roads and public places; placing and verifying RFID tags in bovines registered with the AMC; operating an animal ambulance in two shifts; and attending to complaints of animal cruelty. "The AMC will pay the agency Rs 540 per labourer for an eight-hour shift and the contract period will be for a year," said a senior AMC official.
AHMEDABAD: Work to pull down an entire apartment block consisting of 20 flats began in a Juhapura locality on Saturday. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation's South West Zone office had issued notices to owners of the five-storeyed apartment complex just opposite Muskaan hospital in Maktampura after receiving complaints that an entire building complex had come up illegally on a 27,000 square feet plot. On July 20, the AMC's town development department visited the site and sealed the under-construction apartment building. But the corporation officials say that the builder continued with the construction work. On September 12, another AMC team visited the site and sealed the premises again. On Saturday, the AMC finally began demolishing the building.
Gujarat High Court recently criticised the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) officials for taking action against the complainants instead of punishing those persons who had erected an illegal construction in the residential premises of a building.Four months back, the AMC had sealed the 12-storied Panchdhara Apartments on SG Highway in Vastrapur after its management made a complaint against the two accused who had constructed illegal structures on the building’s 12th floor as well as its cellar. However, the AMC team handling the complaint sealed the entire building rendering the occupants homeless or having to shift elsewhere.The HC stated in clear terms that the officials did not take action on those who made the illegal construction and instead initiated action against the complainant.“This Court has taken judicial notice of the fact that if some citizen or some vigilant person makes any grievance against any sought of illegal or unauthorized construction, in most of the cases, the Corporation, for the reasons best known to them, does not act promptly on the grievance, but issue notice under Section 260 of the Act and does not proceed against the main grievance,” said Justice Sandeep Bhatt.The HC said it is the statutory duty of the AMC to not permit such illegal construction and/or unauthorized construction from the very beginning and if somebody draws attention towards such unauthorized construction, then it is the bounden duty of AMC to inquire and take necessary action which is not done in the present case.”
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation on Friday suspended Naresh Rajput, head of Cattle Nuisance Control Department (CNCD) and superintendent Pratapsinh Rathod following the death of 35 cows in the Danilimda cow shelter. Director, Solid Waste, Harshad Solanki has taken over the charge of CNCD. Hundreds of cattle rearers gathered at Danilimda shelter to protest the bovine deaths alleging that the civic body failed to take care of the animals. The Congress took up the matter in the AMC General Board meeting. Congress’ women councillors climbed atop the dais and presented the mayor with a replica of a cow which was opposed by BJP’s women councillors leading to a verbal fight between them. Senior Congress leader Iqbal Sheikh alleged that AMC was catching animals that were not stray to show that it was following the HC order. He said the cow shelter in Danilimda had over 3,000 cattle crammed into small space and 50 of them died due to suffocation.BJP members met the mayor and civic chief demanding action against concerned officers. Later two CNCD officials were suspended. Assistant superintendent of Kankaria Zoo Dr Divyesh Solanki was given charge as CNCD superintendent.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) ruled by the BJP decided to whitewash public walls painted with election symbols of lotus, hand and broom, six months after party state president CR Paatil launched a campaign to paint lotus symbol on public walls, leading to the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) following suit and painting almost all public walls, pillars of the metro rail and public toilets with party graffiti.The campaign was launched by the BJP leaders on March 13 from Ahmedabad and Surat, but rapidly taken up in all citiesacross the state. After a public outrage on social media over the defacement of public properties, the Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) was the first to paint over the symbols on metro pillars.The AMC also decided to impose a penalty on those defacing walls repeatedly. AMC standing committee chairman Hitesh Barot stated that “removal” of these symbols has been initiated across all 48 wards of Ahmedabad city.“After the Metro Rail Corporation removed these political party symbols, the AMC, too, started whitewashing the walls in all wards,” Barot told The Indian Express. However, this has resulted in white patches on the red brick boundary wall of the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad. After the launch of the BJP’s lotus campaign, where every symbol was numbered, the Congress responded initially by painting LPG cylinders with its rates, alongside the lotuses in Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, and Himmatnagar (in Sabarkantha district). In Ahmedabad, the BJP launched the wall painting campaign from the Airport Circle in Shahibaug where Paatil and party vice-president Gordhan Zadaphia and general secretary Pradipsinh Vaghela, wrote, “Modi nu Gujarat and Gujarat na Modi (Modi’s Gujarat and Gujarat’s Modi)”, “Gujarat chhe makkam, BJP sathe adikham (Gujarat is firmly with BJP)” and“Sauno Saath, Sauno Vikas, Sauno Prayas, Sauno Vishwas (everyone’s collaboration, development, effort and trust)” along with the lotus symbol, on the walls.The Congress then painted its hand symbol next to the BJP symbol on public walls near Gandhi Ashram in Sabarmati, Shahibaug, Ellis Bridge and other areas in Ahmedabad. The AAP followed suit soon and painted brooms in a yellow backdrop with the slogan “Ek Mauko Kejriwalne (One chance to Kejriwal)”.Barot told The Indian Express that the AMC did not have a record nor was it conducting a survey of how many walls were covered with such political symbols. “How many walls have been painted with these symbols is not surveyed. So, the cost for removal is not estimated. Neither have we allocated any amount for this,” he said adding that political party painting the symbol again will be served a notice followed by a fine.“We have not decided the amount of fine yet. First they (the offenders) will be served a notice,” he said.Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) spokesperson Manish Doshi said, “Congress was not in favour of painting the walls with party symbols but were forced by the BJP that started defacing public walls and even government premises. In response to BJP’s misusing of power, Congress workers demanded to give them a befitting reply. But we did not paint any government wall.” BJP’s campaign to paint its symbol on public walls also met with criticism from the Mission Smart City Trust, an NGO, in Rajkot that has been painting walls in the city since 2015. They took objection to the BJP painting over its artwork at the city’s Kisanpara Chowk. After the organisation complained to the city mayor, municipal commissioner, and the BJP’s city presidents, the ruling party whitewashed the walls where the lotus symbols had been painted over the NGO’s artwork.
AHMEDABAD: The city civic body has decided to charge for on-street parking on Sindhu Bhavan Road. According to the tender floated by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) the civic body will start collecting Rs 5 per hour for parking two-wheelers and Rs 15 for the first two hours for four-wheelers. The financially struggling civic body aims to earn Rs 21 lakh from this. Sources in the AMC said most commercial and residential buildings on Sindhu Bhavan Road have adequate parking facilities and there is no immediate need to charge for on-street parking. The tender floated by the estate department of the AMC’s North West Zone states stipulates that the base price will be Rs 21.29 lakh and the highest bidder will be given the job for a three-year term. The tender says the firm will have rights on space for 108 two-wheelers and 428 four-wheelers on a 3.25km stretch of road known as Sindhu Bhavan Road, starting from Pakwan Crossroads on SG Road. The bids will be opened on October 7. The civic body has also floated five other tenders for on-street pay and park operations. These tenders involve parking on Bhuyangdev to Vivekanand Circle in Memnagar, the left side of the road connecting Chirag Motors to Madalpur Underpass, the road from Shahwadi canal to Vasna Party Plot, the road from Gujarat Vidyapith to the AMC swimming pool and the road from Navrang Circle to Dadasaheb Na Pagla Crossroads.