Ahmedabad: After a four-day low daily tally, new Covid cases spiked in the city and the state on Tuesday. Against 150 cases on Monday, the city recorded 249; whereas against 419, the tally for Gujarat was 572.With 4,219 tests conducted on Tuesday, the test positivity rate (TPR) for Ahmedabad was 6% compared to 1.8% for Gujarat. Active cases also rose for Ahmedabad and Gujarat, reaching 1,564 and 3,595 respectively.Other cases included 82 in Surat city, 41 in Vadodara city, 22 in Bhavnagar city, 21 in Rajkot city, 18 in Valsad, 16 in Navsari, 13 in Jamnagar, and 12 each in Kutch and Surat. Of the 33 districts, only three now have zero active Covid cases.Gujarat in 24 hours vaccinated 13,285 people with the first dose and 27,694 with the second. TNN
Pointing out that the two Vande Bharat trains launched in 2019 have travelled 14 lakh kilometres and “proven” themselves, Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw Tuesday said the Indian Railways will launch an upgraded second version of the semi-high-speed trains in August 2022.Interacting with media persons at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) at Gandhinagar, the minister said, “The plan for Vande Bharat trains were given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017 and the first two trains started operating in 2019. So far, both the trains have travelled 14 lakh kilometres… Last year, 75 more trains have been approved that are under production.”The Indian Railways operates Vande Bharat Express from New Delhi to Varanasi and from New Delhi to Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Katra.Adding that the second and third versions of Vande Bharat trains will use better technology, Vaishnaw said the Vande Bharat trains currently run at 160 kilometres per hour and the second version will touch 180 kilometres per hour and the third version of the train will travel at 220 kilometres per hour.“We will start the roll out of Vande Bharat-2 train or the second version of the trains in August 2022,” he said adding that five-six trains will be rolled out every month after the launch. “The second version of Vande Bharat will have air springs (between the coach and the wheels) and will improve the ride quality manifold,” Vaishnaw added.The minister said once the first batch of 75 Vande Bharat trains are launched, the Indian Railways will launch more. “Of the proposed 400 trains, about 250 will be the second version of Vande Bharat trains and then the third version will introduced,” he added.The Railway minister who was at EDII for an interaction on start-ups said Vande Bharat trains will be operated on new routes and in some places, it will replace existing trains. “Bullet train takes 55 seconds to reach from 0-100 kilometers per hour. A similar technology has been ised in these trains and it has been designed in India. It takes only 54 seconds to reach from.0-100 kms per hour. It has a good acceleration. Its shock absorbers are also very good,” he added.Bullet train projectTalking about the bullet train project, Vaishnaw said the project will pick up speed with a new government in Maharashtra. “The earlier government in Maharashtra was not in favour of this project. But now that people have changed the government, the progress will happen,” he added.“Good progress is being made in the bullet train project. So far, pillars on 70 kilometres of the route on Vapi-Ahmedabad section, have been built. The work on this section began first, as we got the land. Foundations for pillars have been laid on 160 kilometres in this section,” he said work on the 8-9 bridges and stations were also under way.“The first bullet train section from Surat to Billimora is targeted to become operation by 2026. The first bullet train section made by China was 113 kilometres between Beijing and Tianjing. Our section between Ahmedabad and Vapi is 352 kilometres,” he said.Station redevelopmentThe minister said a masterplan for developing 370 stations have been made and tenders for 45 stations have been issued. He said the learnings from the pilot projects for station redevelopment at Gandhinagar, Bhopal and Bengaluru have been incorporated into new redevelopment. Surat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Navsari, Rajkot, Vapi, Bharuch, Bilimora, Anand, Nadiad, Ankleshwar, Udhana, Gandhidham, Palanpur, Jamnagar and New Bhuj will be the 16 stations that will be redeveloped in Gujarat. Apart from this, a new station building has been constructed at Vadnagar station and Chhayapuri is being developed as a new satellite station near Vadodara.The railway minister also said that tenders for installing ingenious anti-collision device “Kavach” have been issued for 3,000 kilometres of railway tracks.
The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) is investigating a few persons from Ahmedabad who were allegedly part of a WhatsApp group with a person who was allegedly involved in the conspiracy of Udaipur murder.According to senior officials of the Gujarat ATS, an ongoing investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the killing of a tailor in Udaipur, over sharing a remark on the Prophet, has revealed the presence of a WhatsApp group in which several persons were part, including the accused killers.However, a Gujarat ATS official confirmed to The Indian Express that no connection of any person from Ahmedabad or Gujarat has come out in the conspiracy.“We have not found connection of anyone from Ahmedabad or Gujarat in relation to the murder or conspiracy. However, we are investigating certain persons who were part of a WhatsApp group, to check whether they were involved in any suspicious activity. The investigation is at a preliminary stage,” said a senior ATS official.On June 28, Riaz Akhtari and Ghouse Mohammad killed Kanhaiya Lal Teli, a tailor, at his shop in Udaipur, allegedly over a post he shared on social media in support of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s remark on the Prophet during a television debate.Rajasthan police arrested Akhtari and Mohammad shortly after the murder, even as gruesome videos made by them went viral on social media. Later, the Ministry of HomeAffairs (MHA) directed the NIA to take over the investigation.The NIA has made two more arrests in the case — Mohammad Mohsin and Aasif — for allegedly being involved in the murder conspiracy.
WHILE the entire state of Gujarat is expected to witness rainfall till July 9, parts of South Gujarat and coastal areas of Saurashtra will get extremely heavy showers in the next few days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday.“In the coming five days the entire state is expected to receive rainfall. While most of the parts will receive light to moderate rainfall, heavy to extremely heavy rainfall will lash South Gujarat and Saurashtra Kutch, including the coastal districts of Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbamndar, Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar,” IMD’s regional director Manorama Mohanty has said.The rainfall activity is attributed to a low pressure area over central parts of Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring regions with the associated cyclonic circulation.The state has recorded 117 mm total rainfall this monsoon season with a deficiency of 22 mm. On the day-wise forecast, Mohanty said, “Today, on July 5, South Gujarat region is expected to receive extremely heavy rainfall in Valsad along with Central Gujarat regions like Chhota Udepur.”She further said Saurahstra will report heavy to very heavy rainfall for four days barring Wednesday with a less rainfall activity. “But from July 9 Suarashtra Kutch is also expected to get very heavy rainfall while coastal districts of Devbhoomi Dwarka and Jamnagar are likely to receive extremely heavy showers.”From July 6 to July 8, heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected along north Gujarat districts of Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravalli, Mahisagar and Dahod.“On July 8, extremely heavy rainfall is expected in South Gujarat like Valsad, Dang, while other districts might receive heavy to very heavy rainfall,” she said.For the forecast of Ahmedabad district, the regional director stated that South Ahmedabad is expected to receive heavy rainfall in the next five days.Also, the IMD has sounded alert for fishermen against venturing into the sea till July 9 along the Gujarat coast. Due to squally weather winds blowing at a speed of 40-50 kmph, fishermen are advised not to go to the sea off the South Gujarat coast from Mul Dwarka, Veraval, Diu, Jafrdabad, Pipavav, Bhavnagar, Victor, Alang, Bharuch, Dahej, Magdalla and Daman along with North Gujarat coast including Jakhau, Mandvi Kucth, Mundra, Navlakhi, Jamnagar, Salaya, Okha and Porbandar from July 5 to July 9.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued heavy rainfall warning across Gujarat till July 8 as the southwest monsoon got active over Gujarat.“Heavy rain is very likely in the districts of Gujarat region, namely Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravalli, Narmada, Bharuch, Surat, Tapi, Navsari and Valsad,” the IMD forecast for Monday stated.On Sunday, heavy rainfall was witnessed in more than 100 talukas of southern, Saurashtra and central districts Sunday. Mangrol in Surat recorded the highest rainfall of 38 mm till 8 pm Sunday followed by Songadh in Tapi at 35 mm, Karjan in Vadodara and Khambha in Amreli at 34 mm each, Navsari taluka in Navsari and Mandvi in Surat at 32 mm each, and Netrang in Bharuch 30 mm.During the week, more districts are expected to receive heavy rainfall, the weather department warned. These include Kheda, Ahmedabad, Panchmahal, Vadodara, Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Bharuch, Surat, Dang and Tapi. Heavy rainfall is expected in the districts of Saurashtra, namely Amreli, Bhavnagar and Botad on July 6.The weather department has issued heavy rainfall alerts for more districts of Saurashtra, including Porbandar, Junagadh, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Gir Somnath and Surendranagar on July 7 and 8.The widespread rainfall has helped in bringing down the mercury. On Sunday, the highest maximum temperature of 39 degrees Celsius in the state was recorded at Vallabh Vidyanagar followed by 37.2 degrees Celsius at Kandla Port. Kandla Airport recorded 37 degrees Celsius. Ahmedabad recorded 36.8, Bhuj and Naliya 36, Deesa 34.6, Gandhinagar 34.5, Bhavnagar 34.2 and Surendranagar 34 degrees Celsius.
PARTS OF Rajkot district were lashed by heavy rain leading to temporary waterlogging in many areas Friday. Moderate rainfall was reported from Amreli also.Lodhika taluka of Rajkot district received 115 millimetres (mm) of rain during the day Friday, an official release said. Neighbouring Gondal taluka recorded 78 mm. Jetpur taluka logged 50 mm, while Jamkandorna (37 mm) and Kotda Sangani (16mm) talukas of the district also recorded significant precipitation.Meanwhile, Rajkot city got its first spell of good rainfall this monsoon. It started raining in the afternoon and kept raining steadily until late evening. The flood control-room said the city registered 40 mm rainfall during the day. A rath carrying idols of Lord Jagannath and other deities in a procession taken out by ISKCON in Rajkot had to be covered with tarpaulin sheet as it started raining. The rain led to temporary waterlogging in Indrapasthnagar underpass, sections of 150-feet Ring Road, Kothariya Road, etc.Moderate rainfall was reported from Amreli district also. Lilia taluka of Amreli recorded 18 mm rainfall followed by Babra (17 mm), Vadiya (16 mm), Dhari (16 mm), Bagasara (15 mm), Amreli (13 mm), Jafrabad (10 mm) and Savarkundla (16 mm). Rain was reported from coastal Rajula taluka also. Isolated rainfall was reported from Devbhumi Dwarka and other districts of Saurashtra as well.
AHMEDABAD: Cloudy weather kept citizen’s hopes up all day on Wednesday, but rain eluded the city yet again. The maximum temperature rose to 39.4°C while the minimum was 27.5°C, both higher than normal. According to the IMD, light to moderate rain or thundershowers are expected in all parts of the state for the next four days with monsoon covering entire Gujarat.
Heavy rainfall was recorded in South Gujarat and Saurashtra on Sunday, while Ahmedabad also received rain in the evening, in a respite from the heat. As the Southwest monsoon further progressed in Gujarat, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a forecast of heavy rainfall across the state till July 1.“Heavy rain very likely in the districts of South Gujarat, including Valsad, and districts of Saurashtra Porbandar and Junagadh. Light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind at 30- 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light tomoderate rain very likely in all the districts of Gujarat,” the IMD forecast issued Sunday stated.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxTemperature in Ahmedabad was 43.4 degrees Celsius Sunday, the highest in the state. While the city received an average of 9 mm rainfall till Sunday evening, the South west zone alone recorded 33 mm rainfall.Umerpada in Surat recorded the highest of 65 mm rainfall followed by Dharampur in Valsad (45 mm), Fatepura in Dahod (32 mm), Waghai in Dang (31 mm), Chikhli in Navsari (25 mm) and Sanjeli in Dahod (21 mm) till Sunday 6 pm. Till 8 pm, the localised rainfall over South West zone with high velocity winds in the city resulted in an average of 33 mm rainfall recorded between two hours. Jodhpur ward recorded the highest of 42.5 mm rainfall followed by Bopal (33.5 mm). Felling of several trees was also reported due to winds from the South west zone including the stretch from Rajpath Club till Sardar Patel Ring road leading to road blockages and diversions. Also, water logging from these areas was reported till late night.The only other ward to receive heavy rainfall was Usmanpura in the West zone also recorded 31 mm. According to IMD forecast, most parts of Rajkot, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Dwarka, Gir Somnath, Botad along with Bharuch, Surat, Navsari are expected to receive heavy rainfall later this week.
Civil work on the 352-kilometre stretch has started from December 2020, the RTI saidThane: The deadline for the completion of the high speed rail route between Mumbai and Gujarat's Ahmedabad, popularly called the bullet train project, can be fixed only after assessment of delay in land acquisition in Maharashtra and COVID-19 impact, railway officials have said in reply to an RTI plea.The reply from the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) to the Thane-based activists Right to Information Act plea was received on Monday.The NHSRCL's reply stated that a special purpose vehicle was helming the project and the targeted completion year was 2023, adding that a timeline for commissioning (throwing the service open to commuters) can be fixed only after assessing the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown as well as land acquisition pace in Maharashtra.Statutory clearances connected to issues like wildlife, coastal regulation zone and forests have been received, and the total expenditure incurred so far on the Rs 1.10 lakh crore project was Rs 26,872 crore, it added."Joint measure survey (JMS) for all 297 villages has been completed. Out of total land requirement of approximately 1,396 hectares, a total of 1,248 hectares has been acquired. Of the total 1,651 utilities coming in the way, 1,506 have been shifted," it said.Civil work on the 352-kilometre stretch in Gujarat and Dadra Nagar Havel and Daman and Diu has started from December 2020, the RTI reply said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe 508-kilometre HSR corridor will have 12 stations, comprising Mumbai (BKC), Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Billimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand/Nadiad, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
AHMEDABAD: AAP convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal promised that people of Gujarat will get free electricity if his party is voted to power in the forthcoming assembly election. He was speaking at an interactive session, 'Bijli Jansamvaad', organized by the AAP in Ahmedabad on Monday. A number of people listed out the difficulties they are facing in relation to power supply. Kejriwal announced that he will visit the state next Sunday "with a solution to Gujarat's electricity problem." Kejriwal said: "Gujarat can also get free, 24-hour electricity, but the condition is only one, and that is you will have to change the politics, the government, and bring in an honest party." The AAP chief said he will visit the state every week to interact with the public on various issues such as corruption, agriculture, and MSP.
AHMEDABAD: AAP convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal promised that people of Gujarat will get free electricity if his party is voted to power in the forthcoming assembly election. He was speaking at an interactive session, ‘Bijli Jansamvaad’, organized by the AAP in Ahmedabad on Monday. A number of people listed out the difficulties they are facing in relation to power supply. Kejriwal announced that he will visit the state next Sunday “with a solution to Gujarat’s electricity problem.” Kejriwal said: “Gujarat can also get free, 24-hour electricity, but the condition is only one, and that is you will have to change the politics, the government, and bring in an honest party.” The AAP chief said he will visit the state every week to interact with the public on various issues such as corruption, agriculture, and minimum support price. Asserting that it was possible to provide free power to citizens without burdening them with additional taxes or piling up loans, the Delhi CM said his experience has shown that 70-80% of electricity bills are inflated. “Today, 73% of Delhi’s power users get zero electricity bills and about 80% of the users of Punjab will get zero electricity bills,” he said. These achievements have been possible without taking any loans or levying additional taxes, Kejriwal said.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that “free” and “uninterrupted” electricity will be available in Gujarat, provided people are ready to “change politics” in the 2022 Assembly elections and bring the party to power.The Delhi Chief Minister was on a two-day visit to the state where he attended a town hall event near Vaishno Devi circle in Ahmedabad on Monday noon on the issue of free electricity, where he reiterated his poll promise of providing power free of cost.“Free and uninterrupted electricity supply is a talisman and I only possess it. No one else in the world has introduced free power supply except our government. We are honest people with noble intentions and we don’t want to make money from power companies. Electricity can be free, cheaper and uninterrupted in Gujarat as well, provided you are ready to change politics and bring us to power,” said Kejriwal.Kejriwal attacked the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress for their alleged failure to make power supply an election issue.“Elections are coming in Gujarat and today we have assembled to discuss the problem of electricity here. I would like to ask you all that AAP is contesting elections for the first time in Gujarat but there have been many elections contested by the BJP and Congress. Has any party sat with you people to discuss the issue of electricity?” Kejriwal said.“They come, organize huge rallies, deliver big speeches and make big promises but then they loot the people for the next five years. Our party workers have been visiting villages in Gujarat, listening to the grievances of the people. Such people who only have 2-3 fans and bulbs, even they are getting electricity bills of thousands of rupees. If poor people have to pay electricity bills of thousands of rupees every month, then how are they supposed to send their kids to school and ensure two times meals? Why is electricity so expensive in Gujarat?,” he further said.Kejriwal accused ministers and elected representatives in the state of “consuming thousands of units of electricity” for free.“Ministers and elected representatives are making merry in Gujarat…they have several ACs in their bungalows yet their electricity bill comes to zero. Whereas you people, despite having only a few fans, bulbs, TV and a fridge at your home, have to spend thousands on the bill. This is unfair. The facilities given to these politicians must be extended to the common people also,” he added.Kejriwal also attacked the BJP government over the power supply provided to state’s farmers.“I got to know that farmers in Gujarat get electricity only during night hours. What is the logic behind this? On top of that, the rate of steep and there are frequent power cuts. I think the Gujarat secretariat Bhawan should get electricity only during night hours for a few days and these ministers should work only during this time. If our farmers will stay awake all night for electricity, when will they sleep?” said Kejriwal.At the end of the event, Kejriwal also promised the audience that he will return to Gujarat next Sunday, “with a solution for free electricity in Gujarat.”
Arvind Kejriwal claimed that 73 per cent of the people in Delhi get zero electricity bill.Ahmedabad: Ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections due later this year, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said he will visit the state every week to interact with the public on various issues like corruption and farming, and claimed it was possible to provide free electricity to people if they bring an "honest party" to power in the state.The Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) national convener said his party has shown in Delhi and Punjab that they stick to their promise."Gujarat can also get cheap, free, 24-hour electricity, but the condition is only one, and that is you will have to change the politics, government, and bring in an honest party...I will be back on Sunday with a solution to Gujarat's electricity problem," Mr Kejriwal said during a town hall organised on the issue of electricity.When some members of the general public raised various issues affecting them, the AAP leader said he will discuss them separately."Today, we should discuss electricity. We will discuss other issues as well. I will visit Gujarat every week and hold 'jan samvad' (public dialogue) on the issues of corruption, agriculture, MSP (minimum support price)," he said.Mr Kejriwal said if Gujarat ministers can enjoy zero electricity bills despite consuming thousands of units, then why not the general public.If farmers in Gujarat are supplied electricity at night, then ministers should also be given the opportunity to work at night for some time at the secretariat, he said during the town hall, referring to an issue raised by a farmer that power supply for agriculture at night adversely affects their life.Mr Kejriwal, without naming anyone, also accused BJP leaders of lying by claiming that there are no power cuts in Gujarat.He said a "very big leader" from Gujarat said people of the state do not want anything for free. "First you give up free electricity...," he said."They are scared that if people are provided free electricity, then they will have no money left to loot," he said.Mr Kejriwal said the "magic" behind their ability to provide free electricity is their clean conscience and honesty."We do not ask for money from power companies, we improve them, we work in the interest of the public. Other parties seek donations for elections from such companies, but we do not seek donations. You are our donation," he said.Sharing the experience of Delhi where the AAP government provides free electricity up to 200 units, Mr Kejriwal said as soon as his party assumed office, power companies were warned not to raise the unit rates."We said we have nothing to do if you gave money to former governments, but our government is honest, we will not ask for a single penny from you. But, you should not raise the electricity rates. They have not raised the rate in the last seven years," the Delhi CM said."We provide subsidies to the public after saving money on corruption, which is why they are enjoying free electricity. When we managed to do so in Delhi, the BJP and Congress said this cannot be done in a larger state, so we won in Punjab," he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comHe claimed that 73 per cent of the people in Delhi get zero electricity bill. In Punjab, where the scheme was introduced from July 1, it will be around 80 per cent, he added.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
AHMEDABAD: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal promised that people of state will get free electricity if his party is voted to power in the forthcoming Gujarat assembly election. He was speaking at an interactive session - 'Bijli Jansamvaad', organised by the party in Ahmedabad on Monday. Even as a number of power users listed out the difficulties they are facing regarding electricity, Kejriwal announced that he will visit Gujarat next Sunday "with a solution to Gujarat’s electricity problem." Asserting that it was possible to provide free power to citizens without burdening them with additional taxes or piling up loans, the Delhi CM said that his experience has shown that 70% to 80% of electricity bills are inflated. "Today 73% of Delhi power users get zero electricity bills and about 80% users of Punjab will get zero electricity bills," he said. Kejriwal said that this has been possible without taking any loans or levying additional taxes. "I am a literate man, an engineer and I have worked in the IT department. I have done my calculations well." he quipped to a round of applause. Hinting at a complete overhaul of the electricity distribution system, he said that providing free power is like performing magic. An art which only he knows. "The secret to free electricity is that I have stopped electricity companies from fleecing people," he said. Commenting on the Gujarat government providing power to farmers during the night hours, the Delhi CM remarked, "If farmers get electricity at night, then the secretariat should also get power only at night." "Elected representatives are using thousands of units of power without paying anything. Some may have installed air conditioners in their toilets too and yet get zero electricity bills. People of the state should get the same benefits as the elected representatives," he said.
Arvind Kejriwal also condemned the killings in Maharashtra's Amravati and in Rajasthan's Udaipur.Ahmedabad (Gujarat): With just a few months left for the Gujarat Assembly election, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday urged the Gujrati people to vote for AAP saying that "those who are not satisfied with BJP should vote for us"."We are not here to engage in dirty politics or corruption. We are here to help people. We are doing good work in Delhi and Punjab. Don't waste your vote on Congress. Those who are not satisfied with BJP should vote for us," said Arvind Kejriwal addressing a gathering in Ahmedabad.As many as 6,988 AAP office-bearers took oath on Sunday."The common man in Gujarat wants a change. They are joining hands with the AAP... There are no Congress office-bearers or volunteers in Gujarat, but lakhs from AAP. Within a month, we'd be bigger than even BJP," said Mr Kejriwal.Expressing hope and confidence over the AAP's victory in the 2022 Gujarat elections, the Delhi Chief Minister said, "AAP is expanding on a huge scale in Gujarat. People are tired of the 27 years of BJP. BJP thinks Congress can't replace them so they have developed ego. People are looking with hope towards AAP this time."The Delhi Chief Minister also condemned the killings in Maharashtra's Amravati and in Rajasthan's Udaipur.On June 28, a tailor Kanhaiyalal Kumar was murdered by two men inside his shop in Udaipur in the broad daylight, while a chemist shop owner Umesh Kolhe was killed by several men in Amravati on June 21.On the incident, the Delhi Chief Minister said, "Whatever is happening is wrong, the country can't move forward like this. There should be peace and unity. I condemn this and hope that the accused get the strictest punishments."AAP's Gujarat hope has been fuelled by its performance in the February 2021 Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) polls in which the BJP won 93 seats, while Aam Aadmi Party bagged 27 seats in the Surat Municipal Corporation election.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe Assembly election in Gujarat is scheduled for December 2022.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat reported 419 Covid-19 cases and one death on Monday, which took the tally to 12,34,117 and the toll to 10,948, a state health department official said. So far, 12,19,657 persons have recovered, including 454 during the day, leaving the state with an active caseload of 3,512, he added. The official said Ahmedabad reported 155 new cases, Surat 96, Vadodara 40, Mehsana 19 and Bhavnagar 17, among other districts, while the lone death took place in Mehsana. A government release said 43,981 persons got vaccine jabs on Monday, which took the overall number of doses administered in the state to 11.15 crore. The adjoining Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu has 13 active cases, a local official said.
AHMEDABAD: The city on Sunday recorded 203 new Covid positive cases, an 11.4% drop compared to 229 on Saturday. For Gujarat, the drop was 21.4% — from 580 on Saturday to 456 on Sunday. Other cases included 86 from Surat city, 38 from Vadodara city, 13 each from Bhavnagar city, Kutch, Mehsana, Navsari, 12 from Valsad, 11 from Surat, and 10 from Gandhinagar city. With the discharge of 156 patients, the active cases in Ahmedabad reached 1,536, whereas for Gujarat the figure was 3,548. Out of 33 districts, four have zero active cases, whereas seven have more than 100 active cases. Most of the cases are concentrated in the urban areas primarily with higher testing. In the past 24 hours, Gujarat vaccinated 937 persons for the first dose and 4,423 for the second. In all, 5.41 crore were administered the first and 5.34 crore, the second dose of Covid vaccine. The state administered booster doses to 7,012 persons, taking the total to 40.94 lakh.
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat on Sunday reported 456 Covid-19 cases, which took the tally to 12,33,698, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,947, a state health department official said. The recovery count increased by 386 during the day and reached 12,19,203, leaving the state with an active caseload of 13,548, he added. He said Ahmedabad led with 207 cases, followed by 97 in Surat, 41 in Vadodara, 15 Bhavnagar, among other districts. A government release said 11.15 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Gujarat so far, including 12,372 on Sunday. Two new Covid-19 cases were reported in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, raising its tally of active cases to seven, local officials said. Gujarat's Covid-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 12,33,698, new cases 456, death toll 10,947, discharged 12,19,203, active cases 3,548, people tested so far - figures not released.
Gujarat on Saturday reported 580 COVID-19 cases, which took the tally to 12,33,242, while the death toll remained unchanged at 10,947, a state health department official said.The recovery count increased by 391 during the day to touch 12,18,817, leaving the state with an active caseload of 3,478, he said.Ahmedabad reported 236 new cases, the highest in the state, followed by Surat with 106 cases, Vadodara 36 and Mehsana 29 cases, among other districts, he added. A government release said 11.15 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered so far, including 39,438Saturday.
AHMEDABAD: The active Covid-19 cases in Gujarat rose to 3,042 after 126 days or more than four months on Thursday with 547 new cases and 419 discharges being recorded across the state. Ahmedabad accounted for 43% of the active case tally with 1,318 cases. The city recorded 222 fresh cases and the discharge of 184 patients. According to the state health department, 82 cases were reported from Surat city, 46 from Vadodara city, 22 from Valsad, 18 each from Mehsana and Navsari, and 16 from Gandhinagar city.
Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel tested positive for Covid-19 Wednesday and has been isolated at home with mild symptoms, sources in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.“He (the CM) was having mild symptoms yesterday (Tuesday) following which he got himself tested. Today, the result came positive. He has got himself home isolated,” the source said.The development has put a question mark on the CM’s attendance at the annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Ahmedabad scheduled Friday. As a tradition, the CM flags off the Rath Yatra while performing the Pahind Vidhi ritual.“The CM has tested positive for Covid-19. But he is fine and home-isolated. About attending the Rath Yatra, he will be following the advice of the doctors,” an official in the CMO said.Meanwhile, CM Patel Wednesday virtually reviewed the alertness and preparation of the Gujarat police to ensure that the 145th Rath Yatra is carried out in Ahmedabad in a safe and harmonious manner.An official release from the CMO stated that Patel participated in a video-conference that was also attended by Minister of State for Home, Harsh Sanghavi, and police commissioners of four metro cities and superintendents of police of all the districts. Chief Principal Secretary to the CM K Kailashnathan, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Rajkumar, and Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia were also present in the virtual review meeting.As per the release, the CM also gave suggestions for maintenance of law and order in the state while keeping in mind the developments in neighbouring states.As per the state government’s daily bulletin on Covid-19, Gujarat recorded 529 new cases Wednesday. With that, the total number of active Covid-19 cases in the state is 2,914.Out of the total 529 fresh cases, Ahmedabad city reported the maximum cases at 220, followed by Surat (79) and Vadodara (53).
AHMEDABAD: The daily Covid cases continued downward journey in the city and the state. On Monday, the city recorded 150 new cases compared to 203 on Sunday, a drop of 26%. For Gujarat, the drop was 8% from 456 to 419. It was after 37 days for Ahmedabad and 42 days for Gujarat that the discharges of the patients were higher than the new cases, thereby reducing the active cases. Ahmedabad had 1,525 active cases and Gujarat 3,512. The state also recorded death of an active case in Mehsana, taking the death toll to 10,948. Other cities recorded almost similar cases compared to Sunday — Surat recorded 87, Vadodara 28, Bhavnagar 16, and Gandhinagar 10. Gujarat in 24 hours administered 8,391 first doses of Covid vaccine.
AHMEDABAD: Amdavadis pay the sixth highest per capita property tax in India at Rs 1,565, but the AMC records a more stunning statistic in its service of Amdavadis - the corporation deploys only four employees per 1,000 population. In contrast, Panaji's municipal corporation, the world's smallest, has assigned 19 employees per 1,000 citizens. A recent Union ministry of urban development's presentation had compared 37 major municipal corporations on various parameters. On civic employees per 1,000 population, the ministry's data shows that Mumbai and Kolkata have eight staffers. The report puts Delhi behind Ahmedabad: the national capital has three employees per 1,000 population. Corporations that fare even worse are those of Kochi, Vijayawada, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, and Bhopal with two employees. As for Ahmedabad, about 23,433 employees tend to a population of 64 lakh. Of these employees, 17,374 are sanitation workers and a small percentage of them are peons. The employee pool includes those hired on contract. "Frankly, only 6,089 municipal staffers in Ahmedabad are the front-end personnel at zonal offices," said a senior AMC official. ‘Civic body staff need to be periodically trained’Lack of autonomy curtails municipal capacity, especially in recruitment. Although the AMC can carry out the recruitment process, the state government’s sanction is needed to hire people,” said a senior AMC official. Vatsal Patel, the president of the Gujarat Institute of Civil Engineers & Architects and a former city planner, said: “I don’t believe that recruiting more employees will improve services. The quality of human resources is what matters for municipal service delivery. ” Patel, added: “Municipal employees should be professional and must focus on the quality of service. They should be periodically trained. Measures must be taken to keep them motivated. ”Patel went on to say: “A service review should be conducted every 15 years and those who have been unable to perform must be compulsorily retired. ” Union ministry of urban development’s June 17 presentation also underscored inconsistent municipal budgets across cities and the lack of human resources. In the case of 11 cities, their own sources of revenue constitute less than 50% of the total. City authorities lack the capacity to carry out functions as they do not have adequate staff with the necessary qualifications and skills.
The Ahmedabad Police’s Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) on Monday arrested a woman and her friend in Ahmedabad, for allegedly killing her husband by staging a road accident through contract killing in June.According to police, the victim Shailesh Prajapati (43), a resident of Galaxy Coral society in Vastral, was mowed to death on the morning of June 24 around 6 am when a speeding white pick up truck hit him from behind near RAF camp on Vastral road while he was out for his morning walk.Two weeks after the accidental death, a DCB team arrested Sharda Prajapati alias Swati (40), wife of the deceased Prajapati and Swati’s friend Nitin Prajapati (46), also a resident of Vastral, for the murder of Shailesh.According to police, Sharda and Nitin had paid Rs 10 lakh to a person named Yasin alias Kanio, a resident of Gomtipur, to murder Shailesh by staging a road accident.“After the victim was mowed to death, an FIR was lodged against unknown person for causing death due to negligence (IPC 304A) at I Traffic police station. However, a few videos emerged on social media which showed the pickup truck suspiciously speeding towards the roadside to hit the victim after which the probe was given to DCB. Investigation revealed that Sharda and Nitin were in a relationship for the past two and a half years and they considered Shailesh as an obstacle,” said a senior official of Ahmedabad DCB.“Sharda paid Rs 10 lakh to a man named Yasin and gave him photos of her husband. She also told Yasin about the morning walk scheduled of Shailesh and as per plan, on June 24 morning, Yasin allegedly drove a pick up truck over Shailesh and fled away. We are looking for Yasin and two more accused may also be involved with him. As of now, Sharda and Nitin have been booked for murder and arrested,” the official added.
AHMEDABAD: Eight IndiGo flights from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad were delayed on Sunday. Well-placed sources confirmed that due to shortage of adequate number of crew members, the flight operations were hampered. Five IndiGo flights to Kolkata, Nagpur, Chandigarh, Delhi and Mumbai were cancelled early on Saturday morning as well. “On Sunday, some eight flights operated by IndiGo were delayed from SVPI airport. These include flights to Dubai, Nagpur, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Mumbai, among others,” a source confirmed. Meanwhile, three flights to Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi, operated by the low-cost carrier were cancelled. When approached, IndiGo declined to issue a statement. The phenomenon was observed across the country where the airline’s 55% flights are learnt to be delayed or cancelled. Aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has taken cognizance of the matter and demanded a clarification for the massive flight delays nationwide. It is learnt that most IndiGo employees were on mass sick leave as a result of which the airline faced massive shortage of cabin crew members, thus hampering flight movements.
AHMEDABAD: World over, more than 800 million people go to sleep hungry every day. Even the $6 billion demanded of billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos by the World Food Programme can only help feed 42 million people for just about a year. But why wait for the wealthy to loosen their purse strings, when all it takes to share food with a fellow human is opening your heart? A few good Samaritans in the city have taken the ‘sharing is caring’ talk a step further by setting up community fridges to feed the hungry, thereby building a whole community of people who share their food with the rest of the world. These fridges are installed in three different locations in the city – two in South Bopal and another on SG Highway. One more community fridge was installed in Satellite on Friday. The concept of a community fridge, popular in Europe, is simple: A fridge is installed in a public space and maintained. Common citizens can drop off their neatly packed good quality, surplus food in the fridge for the needy to pick it up. Maqsud Dediawala, a restaurateur and a philanthropist, installed the first community fridge in Ahmedabad in 2018. “I often travelled to Europe where I saw these fridges and thought it would be wonderful to replicate the concept here. Today we have three such fridges, one at a mall and two at residential societies in South Bopal and along the SG Highway,” he said. “Instead of keeping it voluntary, we have appointed caretakers so that the fridge is maintained well. They ensure that fresh food is taken out every day after a certain period of time and distributed among the needy.” Thus far, at least one lakh food packets have been collected and distributed. “Once, a few street kids requested us to get them pizzas. So, a pizzeria contributed spare pizzas for the kids through the community fridge initiative,” Dediawala added. The community fridge set up at Gala Gardenia in South Bopal has been a blessing for the construction labourers in the area. Sagar Jani, a resident, said, “By now, the workers know about the fridge in our society. Most of them approach the security guard and get the food packets collected. We have also started storing cold water bottles for the needy.” This initiative helped feed migrant labourers and the homeless during the 2020 lockdown as well. On Friday, the Rotary Club of Ahmedabad Supreme, celebrated its anniversary by installing a community fridge near Prernatirth Derasar in Satellite. Sharing details, Dilip Nair, a club member, said, “In our fridge, people can leave surplus fresh food for the needy, either homemade or store bought. We also plan to have racks where people can drop off their blankets, clothes and shoes that are in good condition.” Going forward, the club plans to install 12 such fridges across the city. “We are in talks with corporates who can fund the installation and maintenance through their corporate social responsibility initiatives,” said Nair.
AHMEDABAD: On Sunday, the city experienced cloudy weather but no rain. In the periphery, however, Bavla recorded 12mm rainfall, Dhandhuka 5mm, Viramgam and Daskroi 3mm each. According to the state government data, 129 talukas received rains on Sunday with 53 recording 10mm or more. Mangrol near Surat recorded 38mm, followed by 35mm at Songadh near Tapi and 34mm reach in Kambha near Amreli and Karjan near Vadodara. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rain is very likely in Bharuch, Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Porbandar, Junagadh, and Devbhoomi Dwarka on Monday, and Navsari, Valsad, Kheda, Ahmedabad, Panchmahal, Vadodara, Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Bharuc, Surat, Dang, Tapi, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Botad on Tuesday.
AHMEDABAD: "You cannot ask for the minutes of meetings concerning municipal slum-redevelopment projects," the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation said in reply to a Right to Information (RTI) application, because they are a "state secret" of status no lower than "state cabinet papers, which include deliberations of the council of ministers and secretaries...". This is how the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) interprets information relating to its slum-redevelopment projects and the decisions of committees, which are proactively disclosed by all municipal corporations in the country, under Section 4(1)(b) of the RTI Act. AMC's resistance is palpable as the committee, since its inception in 2013, has been embroiled in controversies with allegations of private developers being 'favoured' with "extra" transferable development rights (TDRs). In 2013, the state government notified slum clusters under the slum redevelopment policy and formed redevelopment committees for public housing schemes. When Nava Wadaj resident Ganesh Parmar sought basic details such as copies of decisions of the municipal slum board earmarking areas for redevelopment, details on the formation of committees and the minutes of meetings of these committees, the request was immediately refused by the AMC's housing projects department. The public information officer sought exemption under Section 8(1)(i) of the RTI Act, which grants exemption to "cabinet papers including records of deliberations of the council of ministers, secretaries and other officers". Parmar says, "The AMC is not sharing the list of beneficiaries of slum redevelopment projects, which raises questions about transparency. I had filed an RTI application. There is also the controversy over extra TDRs being allotted to favour certain builders." Section 4(1) (b) (viii) of the RTI Act says, "...statements of boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public, or the minutes of such meetings are accessible for public". Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel (MAGP) member Pankti Jog counters the AMC claims, "Even if AMC applies Section 4(1)(i), they should know it is applicable till the council of ministers reaches a decision." She adds, "The same section further mentions, '...the cabinet papers shall be made public after the decision has been taken, and the matter is complete, or over'." Senior officials in the AMC say that the board initially didn't put details of work orders to builders before the standing committee or the general board of the AMC, but changed this after protests. "Earlier tenders were cleared by the committee on a negative premium, where builders had to pay large sums to the AMC. Of late there have been allegations that the slum redevelopment board grants work orders so builders get more TDRs," said a senior AMC official.
AHMEDABAD: An Amdavadi pays Rs 1,565 for the city's development, the sixth highest per capita municipal tax contribution in the country, which is Rs 15 more than what a Chennai resident pays and only Rs 73 less than a Bengaluru resident's share. These figures were tabled in a recent meeting of the Union ministry of urban development. On June 17, officials presented a paper comparing the per capita municipal tax paid across 37 major municipal corporations of the country. The highest tax is paid by a Mumbaikar at Rs 4,086. The average per capita collection across the 37 municipal corporations is Rs 421. A senior official of the Gujarat urban development department said, "Plainly speaking, major cities including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Coimbatore, and Bengaluru have larger property tax bases, because of the higher density of properties and their rising values." The official added, "Also, the property tax is based on the carpet area based formula, which is considered a better representation of the market value. It can be periodically revaluated. Self-assessment schemes and enforcement play a role in tax collection figures." Ahmedabad collects Rs 1,219 crore annually in taxes (vehicles, professional and property). In Surat and Rajkot, the per capita collection is Rs 660 and Rs 628, while in Vadodara it is Rs 911. Former Gujarat chief town planner and urban development expert P L Sharma said, "Financial buoyancy of a municipal corporation comes from better recoveries made from recurring incomes like property tax." He added, "Property taxes constitute 30% of a municipal corporation's income. They have political ramifications and are not revised periodically." Sharma added, "User charges, impact fees, and compensatory funds from a state government constitute less than 25% of a municipal corporation's income." The report of the Union ministry of urban development states that the seven largest urban agglomerations in India are Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad. These are closely followed by Pune and Surat - rapidly growing metropolitan regions in western states of Maharashtra and Gujarat respectively.
From less than 50 per cent in Class 10 and over 100 students enrolled outside the village to private schools commuting a distance of as much as 100 kilometre, Kubadharol High School did a turn around to over 93 per cent result and not a single student from the village seeking secondary education outside the village.With the community resolution passed in 2017, Kubadharol, a small village in Sabarkantha district’s Vadali taluka, not only provided infrastructure to the village school but also decided that no parent will send their children outside the village for studies.“Until 2017-18, over 100 children from the village would go to private schools as far as Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. The same year, the school’s Class 10 result was less than 50 per cent,” Kubadharol Yuvak Mandal chairman Ravindra K Patel said.“The same year, villagers got together, arranged for infrastructure in the school like computers and projectors while the Ahmedabad-based Dr K R Shroff Foundation helped the school with their teachers for Class 9 and 10. We held meetings with parents and passed a resolution that no child would leave the village for secondary education,” Patel added.The Yuvak Mandal is managing the high school—Class 9 and 10 of the Kubadharol grant-in-aid high school attached to the government primary school.Ravindra is one such parent whose son Chaitanya cleared Class 10 from the village with 87 per cent in 2020 while his daughter Nishtha, studying in Class 9, has achieved the first position in the National Merit cum Means Scholarship (NMMS) exam.Convincing parents was not easy initially, says Hiteshbhai Patel, the Prinicpal of Kubadharol High School. “We held repeated meetings with all the parents and convinced them that with the infrastructure facilities like digital aids and teachers available at the school, it is at par with any other private school to which they are sending their children,” Patel said.“It was tough initially but gradually as the results started improving, parents had faith in us and things got better. In 2020 SSC exam, 36 students had appeared in board exam, out of which, 78 per cent could clear. This year in the Class 10 exam, 30 students had appeared, out of which, 28 students could clear Class 10 with a pass percentage of over 93 per cent while 3 students have scored more than 90 per cent” he added.Vasubhai Patel, father of Kavya, who secured 94 per cent in 2022 Class 10 Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board results, said, “Because there were no teachers in secondary school, students were forced to move out of village for Class 9 and 10. But after Kubadharol school got support from the foundation with Math, Science and English teachers for Class 9 and 10 students and the infrastructure improved, we decided to not send our children outside the village and we are happy that we took this decision.”“Dr K R Shroff Foundation started working with Kubadharol school in 2012. At that point of time, children of farm labours and from economically weak background were studying in government primary schools and majority of the village children were studying in private schools in Vadali. Gradually, the school result and student attendance improved due to committed and dedicated effort made by Dr K R Shroff Foundation teachers,” says Uday Desai, president Dr K R Shroff Foundation.This also saw the increase in enrollment at the school. From an enrollment in the higher school (Class 9 and 10) to 52 in the year 2017, it is 76 in the year 2022-23.
Written by Rashi MishraAfter a break of two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the annual Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath returned to the streets of old Ahmedabad last week. Of those who rejoiced the occasion the most were the members of the 30-odd akhadas who are considered among the most salient attractions of the yatra every year.“It is said that we are the jewels of Lord Jagannath, and if we don’t do it, the yatra is incomplete,” said 26-year-old Nirav Solanki from Jai Maa Kali Akhada No. 1 in Dariapur.“We like doing it, so we do it. No one supports us. All these, barandi (a stick of wood which has two wooden balls at the end), chakkar (a wheel attached with long, free-falling ropes and has wooden balls at the end and swirled by the user), sword-fighting, are displays of defence and also of our culture. We only make these weapons. This is also our hobby,” Solanki added.“It is us who the public comes to see from far away places. My father has been participating in the procession since he was 15 years old,” said Solanki.According to Mukesh Hadvaidh (62), the president of Ahmedabad Rath Yatra Akhada Association, there are a total 30 such akhadas in the city.“Every year all the 30 akhadas participate in the procession. However, this year only 29 participated as one of the akhada’s head lost his father,” Hadvaith said.Solanki said that all the 30 akhadas are registered with the Shri Jagannathji Mandir Trust and all of them, especially the body-builders, practise throughout the year.Solanki works in a garment shop in Dariapur and his father, Deepak, is a rickshaw driver. In all, he has a family of six that includes his wife, parents, a brother and a sister-in-law.The tradition of akhadas participating in the Rath Yatra is around 100 years old.“Each of these akhadas are maintained by the individual owners on their own. We participate in the yatra as our worship to Lord Jagannath. This time the police were also supportive. We haven’t seen them this cooperative before. It was too good this time,” said Hadvaidh.“Usually no one encourages us or supports our art. But this time, the Deputy Commissioner of Police Zone 2—Jaydeepsinh Jadeja—with his team called all the akhadas in Shahpur for a meeting 2-3 days before the yatra. They gave us some fruits and protein supplements. This is the first time and they were very supportive,” said Pankaj Purani, a member of Bajrang Akhada No. 3 in the Khanpur area.Ruing the lack of support in general for akhadas in the city, Hadvaith said, “We do not get much support to maintain these akhadas. There are no proper places to practise, and the people in these akhadas come from economically poor backgrounds.”
AHMEDABAD: The departmental exams for recruitment in Class 3 positions in the education department will be conducted on August 6 and 7. Gujarat State Examination Board in its schedule said that the employees who want to take this exam will have to apply online before July 11. The statement said that there will be four question papers each with 100-mark weightage. The minimum passing mark is 50. This examination is for the positions of assistant education supervisor, assistant teachers, gram panchayat and district-level assistant education supervisors and training supervisors among others. Sources said that the examinations are likely to be conducted in Ahmedabad or in Gandhinagar.
AHMEDABAD: About 15,896 students have applied for admissions in bachelors of arts courses in colleges affliated to Gujarat University as on June 29. The university started the registrations from June 21. A statement from the university said that there are 17,884 seats available in the 41 GU affiliated colleges in urban and rural areas. The statement added that registrations are still open for students who have taken Class XII exams of CBSE and ICSE boards and are awaiting their results. The university expects around 2,000 more applications from students from other boards. Students who have registered themselves for admissions will have to verify their applications by July 3 and make corrections if any.
Ahmedabad: Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) has developed new estates near Ahmedabad and held its first ever region-specific event to reach out to industry to promote them at a hotel in the Sola area on Thursday. This event resulted in inquiries for around 6 lakh square metres at four GIDC estates around the city.Top GIDC officials, including joint MD B G Prajapati, interacted with various industry associations in the event. Chintan Mehta, regional manager of GIDC Ahmedabad division said, “We are planning to organize a number of promotional events for the Sanand, Khoraj, Bhagapura and Shinawada industrial estates developed by GIDC. The agenda was to connect with new and existing industrial units, enabling ease of doing business in practice and to catalyse investment by promoting Gujarat government schemes and the GIDC industrial estates.”“We have received three inquiries for 1 lakh square metre plots each while four for up to 50,000 square metre plots through this event, mainly for the Sanand and Bhagapura estates. Fifteen industrialists have shown interest in plots up to 10,000 square metres in size. We have developed an online system for plot allotment and explained the pre-construction and pre-operation approvals required to some 300 industrialists at the event,” Mehta added.Along with GIDC, other state departments such as the DIC-Ahmedabad, UGVCL, Gujarat Gas and GPCB also described their roles and how to avail of their services at GIDC estates.
AHMEDABAD: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal will be on a two-day visit to Gujarat from Sunday, during which he will hold a town hall meeting on "free electricity" and also administer oath to the newly-appointed party office-bearers, a party leader said here. During his two-day stay in Ahmedabad, the Delhi chief minister will also hold meetings with senior leaders of the AAP and interact with party members, he said on Saturday. The Kejriwal-led party is gearing up to contest elections to the 182-member Assembly in BJP-ruled Gujarat to be held by the end of this year. "Kejriwal will reach Ahmedabad airport at 3 pm on Sunday. He will administer oath to 7,500 newly-appointed office bearers at a function at 4 pm. They will take pledge to work whole-heartedly for the party and encourage workers for the upcoming Assembly election," AAP's national joint secretary Isudan Gadhvi told reporters here. These office-bearers were appointed after the AAP dissolved its state organisation structure early last month, he said. "For the people suffering due to inflation, our party has launched a 'Muft Bijli' campaign. If people in Delhi and Punjab can get free electricity, then why not those in Gujarat?" he asked. On Monday, Kejriwal will hold a town hall on "free electricity," nearly two weeks after the party launched a state-wide stir demanding free electricity for domestic consumers from the BJP government, he said. Discussions will also be held on the party's "guarantee card," or election manifesto for Gujarat Assembly polls are scheduled in December, Gadhvi added. The AAP functionary accused the ruling party of misleading people by saying that the citizens of Gujarat do not need free electricity as he referred to a statement made by BJP's state unit president C R Paatil. "I would like to appeal to those leaders who do not need free electricity to put up a board outside their house declaring the same, so that more poor people can get free electricity," he said. AAP leaders in Gujarat believe that the party's "free electricity" campaign will play a key role in the Assembly polls as they said that lakhs of people have supported it across the state. The party leaders and workers organised padyatras, mashal and bicycle yatras in different parts of the state and sought from the people their support for the campaign. The party has promised free electricity to the people when voted to power.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday that the Narendra Modi government is spending six times more money annually on the railway network in Gujarat as compared to the previous UPA government.“The Congress government (UPA) in Delhi used to spend Rs 590 crore every year on the railway network in Gujarat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi increased this spending from Rs 590 crore to Rs 3,960 crore between 2014 and 2022,” said Shah, who was addressing a gathering at Chandlodiya locality of Ahmedabad.Pointing out that projects like Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) and Sabarmati riverfront have been successful only in Ahmedabad, Shah said, “As far as development is concerned, PM Modi has done a lot of work for Ahmedabad. I have never seen a riverfront like this anywhere else in the country. Weddings, morning walks, boating, and picnics can all be done on the riverfront. Similarly, BRTS has not been successful anywhere else apart from Ahmedabad.”“The (Ahmedabad) metro project is also nearing completion. Once it finishes, people in the city will not have to burn petrol. Like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, they can simply hop on the metro and reach their workplace,” he said, speaking about Phase 1 of the project.On Saturday, Shah inaugurated projects worth Rs 33.29 crore carried out jointly by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Western Railway. This includes improving the existing platform and building a new booking office at Chandlodiya station, a railway under bridge between Chandlodiya and Khodiyar and three waiting rooms and foot-over-bridge at Sabarmati railway station.In his speech, Shah said during the last three years, 10 over bridges or underpasses have been built in Sabarmati Assembly constituency (part of Ahmedabad city) and thus the government has eliminated the need for railway crossings. “From today, 10 trains, including Gorakhpur-Okha Express, Somnath-Jabalpur Express, Bandra-Veraval, Mumbai-Okha Express, Ahmedabad-Somnath Express, Vadodara-Jamnagar train, will have stoppages at Chandlodiya railway station,” Shah said.The Union minister also asked people of his Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency to plant trees. “There is no doubt in my mind that we will become the most developed constituency in the country. I have made a five-year plan. Covid-19 has punctured it a bit, but still development is on track,” he added.
The Ahmedabad detection of crime branch (DCB) on Friday sent summons to at least 14 witnesses of the Gulberg trial, directing them to be present at 11 am on Saturday in connection with the FIR that had led to the arrest of Teesta Setalvad and retired DGP RB Sreekumar.The FIR lodged on June 25 also names former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt as an accused.The summons, which has been issued under CrPC Section 160 that grants police officers power to require attendance of witnesses, a copy of which was accessed by The Indian Express, read: “With this notice it is informed that investigation is going on FIR… at DCB police stations under IPC sections 468, 471, 195, 211, 218 and 120(B), in regard of which your statement is to be taken requiring your presence on 02.07.2022 at 11 am at Crime Branch, Gaekwad Haveli, Ahmedabad.”Following the FIR, the government had announced a special investigation team to probe charges of criminal conspiracy and forgery, among others, against former DGP RB Sreekumar, activist Teesta Setalvad and ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt. Setalvad and Sreekumar are under police remand till Saturday.The FIR was registered exactly 24 hours after the Supreme Court had pronounced its verdict giving Prime Minister Narendra Modi a clean chit for the 2002 Gujarat riots in the appeal filed by Zakia Jafri, wife of former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri. The FIR is based on extensive quotes from the Supreme Court verdict and its annexures, and mentions the period of “occurrence of the offence” between January 1, 2002, and June 25, 2022.
Ahmedabad: Some 3,800 vehicles — about 3,000 two-wheelers and 800 cars — drove out of dealerships in Ahmedabad on the day of Rath Yatra. The day is considered auspicious for vehicle purchases. Against last year’s Rath Yatra, demand was 18% higher with two-wheelers showing greater growth due to the low-base effect, estimates from the Federation of Automobile Dealers’ Associations (FADA) show. Pranav Shah, chairman of the Gujarat chapter of FADA, said, “This year with economic activity resuming, demand for two-wheelers was good. As schools and colleges reopened, demand for two-wheelers improved significantly. Compared to last year’s Rath Yatra, we saw a 25% increase in sales.” Despite higher vehicle prices, muhurat purchases of two-wheelers remained good. Car sales were also upbeat. Estimates from FADA suggest that car sales on the day grew by 12% compared to last year. “Supply constraints continue to hamper sales. Overall demand was good for cars. Had we received more stock, we would have been able to rack up better sales. The semiconductor shortage has disrupted the supply chain,” said an car dealer. Estimates from industry show that entry-level models and mid-sized cars were in demand , while gearless two-wheelers sold in greater numbers than motorcycles.
AHMEDABAD: Eateries are worried about rising costs of packaging materials and added inconvenience to dealers. While some have continued giving takeaway parcels in plastic trays, others have shifted to reusable containers. "We had bought plastic spoons and will continue to use them till stocks last and we find a viable alternative. Disposable glasses made of other materials are much costlier. Even the prices of milkshakes have increased by Rs 7 because of the increase in prices of plastic glasses." Dilip Thakkar, an Ahmedabad-based restaurateur, said, "We serve Gujarati thali at our restaurant, and for the takeaways, we used to pack plastic trays. However, now, we have no alternative but to use reusable containers. The cost of packaging hasn't changed much but it is cumbersome for customers." Hiren Gandhi, chairman, food and dairy committee, Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), said, "We have a lot of dead stock of banned items and are clueless about what to do with it. At a time when inflation is already pinching the industry, the additional burden will certainly have a negative impact."
GANDHINAGAR: On a day when the annual rath yatra of Lord Jagannath was held with grandeur in Ahmedabad, Union home minister Amit Shah slammed the Congress, saying that its governments in Gujarat had clamped a ban on the annual procession thrice in the past and that the party was not capable of protecting the state's citizens. "Today, we are witnessing the 145th edition of the annual rath yatra (in Ahmedabad). During the Congress rule (prior to 1995), people used to live under fear thinking that something untoward would happen during rath yatra. Their fear was genuine because riots had happened during the rath yatra with miscreants even trying to snatch away the chariots on two occasions," Shah said at Rupal village in Gandhinagar district on Friday while launching a number of development projects. He said curfews during the rath yatra are a thing of the past as no one dares to play any mischief during the procession after BJP rode to power in Gujarat more than two decades ago. "When I was young, I had witnessed how Congress had put a ban on taking out the processions thrice, as if they are admitting that they are not capable enough to protect Lord Jagannath." Earlier in the day, Shah performed 'mangla aarti' at Lord Jagannath temple in Ahmedabad before the commencement of the yatra.
Amit Shah is scheduled to take part in the Rath Yatra celebrations.Gandhinagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday took a dig at Congress saying during their rule in Gujarat people used to fear riots when Rath Yatra procession was taken out."During Congress rule, when Rath Yatra was taken out, people used to fear that there'll be riots. During that time, they also tried to take the chariot. But after the people of Gujarat gave powers to BJP, no one has the power to do anything bad," said Amit Shah in Gandhinagar.He is scheduled to take part in the Rath Yatra celebrations.Home Minister Amit Shah performed 'Mangal Aarti' at Shree Jagannathji Mandir ahead of the 145th Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra on Thursday.Earlier today, Amit Shah attended the inauguration event of Shree Swaminarayan University's admission block and 750-bed PSM hospital's foundation stone laying ceremony at Saij village in Gandhinagar.The Rath Yatra, also known as the Chariot Celebration of Lord Jagannath, Devi Subhadra, and Lord Balabhadra, is the most prominent Hindu festival in the Puri city of Odisha.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThis festival takes place every year on the second day of the Shukla Paksha in the months of June or July. This year the festival falls on July 1.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
GANDHINAGAR: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday took a dig at Congress saying during their rule in Gujarat, people used to fear riots when Rath Yatra procession used to be taken out. "During Congress rule, when Rath Yatra was taken out, people used to fear that there'll be riots. During that time, they also tried to take the chariot. But after the people of Gujarat gave power to BJP, no one has courage to do anything bad," said Amit Shah in Gandhinagar where he is taking part in the Rath Yatra celebrations. Shah performed Mangal Aarti at Shree Jagannathji temple ahead of the 145th Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Earlier in the day, Shah attended the inauguration of Shree Swaminarayan University's admission block and 750-bed PSM hospital's foundation stone-laying ceremony at Saij village in Gandhinagar. The Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings Devi Subhadra and Lord Balabhadra is held every year on the second day of the Shukla Paksha in the months of June or July.
AHMEDABAD: As many as 25,000 security personnel will be deployed on the route of the forthcoming Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra in Ahmedabad, in which lakhs of people are likely to participate after a gap of two years without Covid-19 restrictions, officials said on Wednesday. Union home minister Amit Shah will perform the Mangla Aarti at the temple on July 1 around 4 am before the chariots of the deities roll out. In normal times, lakhs of people gather along the route of the Rath Yatra on the day of 'Ashadhi Beej' to catch a glimpse of deities and the procession, which includes decorated elephants and several tableaux. Traditionally, the procession, led by chariots, starts around 7 am on 'Ashadhi Beej' from the 400-year-old temple in the Jamalpur area of the city and returns by 8 pm after passing through the Old City, including some communally sensitive areas. "With lakhs of people from across Gujarat are expected to attend the 145th Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra here on July 1, at least 25,000 security personnel will be deployed on the entire route in the city to thwart any untoward incident," officials said. Union Home Minister Amit Shah will perform the Mangla Aarti at the temple on July 1 at around 4 am, temple trustee Mahendra Jha said, adding that the 'mangla aarti' tradition has been followed for many years. Chariots of Lord Jagannath, his brother Lord Balbhadra and sister Subhadra will leave the temple premises around 7 am. As many as 25,000 personnel of police, reserve police and Central armed police will be deployed at strategic locations to guard the rath yatra, Gujarat Minister of State for Home, Harsh Sanghavi, said on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Sanghavi and Gujarat BJP president CR Paatil visited the Lord Jagannath temple in the Jamalpur area and participated in some rituals. "Apart from the regular constabulary, we will deploy 68 companies of the State Reserve Police (SRP) and Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) to maintain law and order during the rath yatra," Sanghavi told reporters. He added that technology will be used extensively for surveillance. "We will keep a watch using body-worn cameras linked to the control room and drones. The police will also install face-detection cameras to identify and nab anti-social elements roaming in the procession's route," the minister said. At least 18 elephants, 100 trucks, and (members of) 30 akhadas (local gymnasiums) will join the procession, which will cover a distance of 15 km during the day. The chariots of Lord Jagannath, his brother Lord Balbhadra and sister Subhadra will be pulled by the Khalasi community as per the tradition. In 2020, a symbolic rath yatra was organised on the premises of the Lord Jagannath temple, after the Gujarat High Court denied permission for the usual public procession in light of the pandemic. Last year, only three chariots and two other vehicles had covered the entire route and returned without the usual festivity, as no other vehicle, singing troupes, akhadas, elephants or decorated trucks were permitted.
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat DGP Ashish Bhatia on Monday told reporters that 24,000 police personnel will be deployed for the 145th Rath Yatra in the city, as this year’s event will be as was held before Covid. In 2020, the Rath Yatra was not held on the Gujarat high court’s directions, considering the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, a truncated Rath Yatra was held where no devotees were allowed. This year, the city and Gujarat police started preparations for the event around a month in advance. Speaking to reporters, Bhatia said CCTVs will be installed along the route of the Rath Yatra, which will be monitored from the city control room. A similar control room will be set up in Gandhinagar from where Rath Yatras held in other towns will be monitored, said Bhatia. tnn