Times of India | 2 months ago | 28-01-2023 | 05:55 am
AHMEDABAD: Installation charges for utility lines - whether overhead or undeground - will see a steep increase as the apex planning body of the city, the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (Auda), has resolved to charge as much as 15 times the jantri rates for land on which electric poles or towers are installed. Earlier, Auda had no policy to charge utility companies for cables. For this, it examined the policies of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). Auda's policy was finalized by its land disposable and price fixing committee. In Ahmedabad city and Auda areas, market prices of commercial plots were found to be between 5.33 and 22.72 times higher than the 2011 jantri rates. The Auda board resolved on January 7 that a one-time licence fee of Rs 100 per metre for overhead and underground high tension cables and Rs 50 per metre for LT cables would be charged. AUDA stated in the proposal that GIDC's policy is that if a power company needs underground cable passage or installing of poles or towers over GIDC land, it was charged 10% of distribution charges, for a period of 10 years. After that, Right of Use (ROU) charges are 10% for every subsequent year. If the cable passes through saleable GIDC land, it is charged 100% of the jantri rate for the area that it utilizes. In AMC areas, Getco and other power companies are charged a one-time licence fee of Rs 100 per running metre for high-tension and overhead cables, and Rs 50 per running metre for low-tension cable. "Auda earlier had a policy for telecom companies installing cables below footpaths, dividers and junctions, and a one-time charge that was 40 per cent of jantri rate was charged, but ownership of the land remained that of the authority," said a senior Auda official.
Conman Kiran Patel's wife arrested from a relative's house in Jambusar town of Bharuch district.Ahmedabad: The wife of alleged conman Kiran Patel, who was held in Jammu and Kashmir for posing as a top official of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), was arrested on Tuesday for trying to usurp a senior citizen's bungalow here, officials said.Malini Patel was on the run ever since a first information report (FIR) in this regard was registered against the couple on March 22, weeks after her husband was arrested in J&K.She was arrested from a relative's house in Jambusar town of Bharuch district and brought here, said a release by the Ahmedabad city crime branch.While Ms Malini was arrested in 2017 in a case of cheating and criminal conspiracy registered against her at Naroda police station of the city, Mr Kiran also faces at least four such cases in Gujarat and was also arrested in the past, said the release.Earlier this month, Kiran Patel, a resident of the Ghodasar area of the city, was arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir police from a five-star hotel in Srinagar after the authorities grew suspicious about his activities. Later on March 22, the Ahmedabad city crime branch registered a case under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 120-b (criminal conspiracy) and 170 (personating a public servant) against the couple.Since Kiran Patel is in judicial custody in J&K, the crime branch had said he would be brought here soon through a transfer warrant.In the latest FIR, it was alleged that Mr Patel tried to grab a bungalow in a posh locality in Ahmedabad by winning the trust of its owner through false claims of being a "Class 1 officer in the PMO" and having close relations with politicians.The complainant, Jagdish Chavda (63), owns a bungalow in the Shilaj area but wanted to sell it because of personal reasons. Kiran Patel approached Chavda in February 2022, claiming to be a real estate agent, and told the owner his property would fetch a good price if it was renovated.To win Mr Chavda's trust, Kiran then identified himself as a "Class-1 officer in the PMO" as well as a partner in a cafe chain.When Mr Chavda agreed for the bungalow's renovation, Kiran, Malini and an interior designer started the work and took Rs 35 lakh in instalments from him, the FIR said.As the renovation was underway, Mr Chavda shifted to his friend's residence in the Shela area. After some time, Mr Chavda learnt that Kiran and his wife had put their own nameplate outside the bungalow and also did a house-warming ritual as if they were the owners.When confronted, the Patel couple left the bungalow without finishing the renovation, following which Mr Chavda and his family moved back into the house, according to the police.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comIn August 2022, Mr Chavda learnt through a court notice that Kiran Patel had filed a civil suit claiming the ownership of the property using photographs of his nameplate and invitation card for the house-warming ceremony, said the FIR.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
The convoy of gangster-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed being escorted by the Uttar Pradesh police halted briefly in Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh on early Monday morning before entering Jhansi on its way to Prayagraj, a police official said.As the convoy halted briefly at Kharai in Shivpuri district and Ahmed, wearing a white turban, got down from the police van to attend nature’s call, reporters asked him whether he was “afraid”, to which he replied by saying “kahe ka dar” (what fear) before police personnel whisked him away.Notably, after stepping out of Sabarmati central jail in Ahmedabad on Sunday evening, Ahmed expressed fear that he might be murdered.“Hatya, hatya (murder, murder),” Ahmed had told reporters outside the prison while being whisked away in a police vehicle by security personnel.Earlier, the carcade, which started from Ahmedabad on Sunday evening, entered Madhya Pradesh from the Rajasthan border in the morning, a police official said.“It halted briefly at Kharai in Shivpuri district at around 7 AM to enable Ahmed to attend nature’s call,” said local police officer Manish Kumar Jadoun.Another police official said Ahmed’s convoy left Shivpuri district after a brief halt and entered Jhansi district of UP at around 9 AM.The gangster is being taken to Prayagraj from Sabarmati central jail by the Uttar Pradesh police for a court case.Ahmed, a former Samajwadi Party MP, has been lodged in the Sabarmati central jail since June 2019. He was shifted there following a Supreme Court after he was accused of orchestrating the kidnapping and assault on real estate businessman Mohit Jaiswal while in prison in UP.He is named in more than 100 criminal cases, including the recent Umesh Pal murder case, police had said.BJP Lok Sabha MP Subrat Pathak had said he would not be surprised if mafia Atiq Ahmed’s vehicle overturns like that of gangster Vikas Dubey.Dubey was gunned down in July 2020 by the Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh police shortly after a police SUV in which he was being brought to Kanpur from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh overturned under mysterious circumstances on a highway. Police claimed that he had tried to flee.
Sultanate Ahmedabad and its Monuments About the event: Release and talk on the book Sultanate Ahmedabad and Its Monuments: The City of the Muzaffarids (Ahmad Shahis) by authors Riyaz Latif and Pushkar Sohoni. The book serves as a guide to a group of monuments in Ahmedabad constructed under the patronage of the Muzaffarid sultanate. These monuments endured for almost two centuries until their annexation into the Mughal Empire under Akbar in 1573.Venue: Arthshila Ahmedabad, AhmedabadOrganisers: Arthshila AhmedabadHow to attend: Open to allDate and time: March 25 (Saturday), 6:30 pmAmalgamAbout the event: Celebrating 45 years of Hutheesing centre, the art exhibition will showcase works of various artists, inauguration by Rakesh and Uma AggarwalVenue: Hutheesing Centre, K L Campus, CEPT University, Navrangpura, AhmedabadOrganisers: Hutheesing CenterHow to attend: Open to allDate and time: March 26 (Sunday) to April 5 (Wednesday), 6:00 pm (inauguration)At the Heart of our Galaxies: Shadows and the SingularityAbout the event: In this lecture, Prof Pankaj Joshi, director of the International Centre for Space and Cosmology and a Professor at Ahmedabad University, will discuss the recent developments related to the pathbreaking detailed images showing the shadow of a singularity or a black hole that cite his work on developing the naked singularity model (JMN) and its implications in the field of Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe, and a future Unified Theory of Physics, namely Quantum Gravity.Venue: 113, School of Arts and Sciences, Ahmedabad University, AhmedabadOrganisers: Ahmedabad UniversityHow to attend: Open to allDate and time: March 29 (Wednesday), 5:00 pmCity and CitiesAbout the event: A solo exhibition by Gulamohammed Sheikh on his works from decades of his interest in cities presented through mediums like installations, drawings, sculptures, photographs, etc.Venue: The Distillery, Alembic City, VadodaraOrganisers: Space StudioHow to attend: Open to allDate and time: Till April 9 (Sunday)
Ahmedabad: In a mega overnight operation, the Gujarat police conducted simultaneous searches at 17 jails across the state, during which several mobile phones, "lethal" objects and narcotic substances were recovered, officials said on Saturday.The operation, in which 1,700 police personnel were involved with several of them wearing body-worn cameras to videograph the happenings, began on Friday night. The intention behind the move was to check if any illegal activities were taking place there and also to ensure that the inmates are getting facilities they are entitled to as per the law, they said.The decision to carry out the searches was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Gujarat Minister of State for Home Harsh Sanghavi at the Director General of Police (DGP) office in Gandhinagar Police Bhavan, they said.The places where the operation was conducted included the central jails in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot.Minister Sanghavi and senior police officers monitored the operation live from the command and control centre in state capital Gandhinagar, while Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel inspected the operation from "CM Dashboard" as police personnel wearing body-worn cameras sent the live feed to 'Trinetra', state's command and control centre, the government said in a statement."As many as 16 mobile phones, 10 electronic items, 39 lethal objects, three narcotic substances and 519 tobacco products were recovered during the mega search operation in the prisons across the state," the state government said in a statement.Talking to reporters on Friday night, state Director General of Police (DGP) Vikas Sahay had said the raids were being carried out across 17 jails involving 1,700 police personnel to find out if any illegal activities were taking place inside the jails. Sniffer dogs were also roped in, he said.The mega surprise checking operation was started simultaneously in 17 jails after all district police chiefs and prison chiefs were connected online through video-conference, the government further said.Besides the four central jails, 11 district jails and special jails at Palara and Galpadar in Kutch were covered in the operation, it said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"Apart from carrying out strict operations to eradicate the evil of contraband, it is very important that human dignity and law and order is maintained in all the prisons...The operation was also carried out with the aim to ensure that all the necessary facilities available to the inmates in the jail are properly provided," stated the release.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
After 1,700 police personnel were deployed across Gujarat on Friday to conduct surprise checks in district jails, sub-jails and special jails, police officials in Ahmedabad said that in a significant seizure, cannabis (ganja) weighing 100 grams was recovered from the cell of a convicted criminalin Sabarmati Central Jail.According to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP-Ahmedabad city) Neerajkumar Badgujar, the seizure was made from the cell of Akram Sheikh, a convict serving a sentence for looting. An FIR is being registered in connection with the seizure at Ranip police station under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.The ACP added that the search operation was conducted for 10 consecutive hours – from 9 pm on Friday until 7.30 am on Saturday – with cells and barracks double-checked by a team of 45 police officers and 100 police personnel. Badgujar said the most common contraband seized included tobacco and paan masala, while others included electric hot plates and utensils for making food.Sabarmati Central Jail houses many high-profile convicts and undertrials including Uttar Pradesh gangster Atiq Ahmed, several convicted of serial blasts in Ahmedabad, TMC spokesperson Saket Gokhale and accused in the Mundra drug haul case. The ACP said “some tobacco” was seized from Atiq Ahmed’s cell. No contraband was found in the women’s barracks or from barracks wherethe 2008 serial blast convicts are housed, he added.The quantities seized have not been disclosed so far, with officials stating that they have submitted a report on the seizures to the home department. The ACP added that proceedings under the Prisons Act will be undertaken against those found to possess contraband.In Vadodara Central Jail, about 100 policemen joined three units of scrutiny officers, according to city police officials. The prison currently houses convicts of the 2002 Sabarmati Express fire in Godhra.The Gujarat DGP’s office said Saturday morning that it is collating data received from the inspections conducted at various jails and will issue details regarding the seizures once the process is completed.