Gujarat Kalol News

Express Impact: NGT panel disallows discharge of treated sewage to protected wetland in Gujarat
The Indian Express | 1 day ago
The Indian Express
1 day ago

A committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) after The Indian Express reported that a proposed sewage treatment plant of the Kalol municipality in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar district had been allowed to discharge treated sewage to the Ramsar-protected Thol lake has disallowed the discharge into the lake and its eco-sensitive zone.The joint committee was formed in March following an order by the NGT principal bench, which on July 8 will likely take up the report submitted on June 1 by the five-member panel, headed by State Wetland Authority member secretary S J Pandit.While taking suo motu cognisance of the March 19 news report, the NGT had directed the panel to file a factual and action-taken report and sought to know if “treated sewage can be utilised for secondary purposes, instead of being discharged into the wetland”.The Indian Express reported that the Gujarat Urban Development Company Limited, a government undertaking, had floated tenders for setting up a sewage treatment plant with a capacity to treat 33.10 million litres per day in the Kalol municipality and parts of the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority’s jurisdictional areas.In a communication of September 2021, Shyamal Tikadar, principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife) and the chief wildlife warden of the state, granted permission for the proposed sewage plant to discharge treated wastewater in the Thol lake, which was designated as a Ramsar wetland site in April 2021.The NGT committee began its work on April 28 and completed the consultation process by May 12. Following a site visit, consultation with stakeholders, and deliberations on facts and records available and submissions of a subcommittee comprising subdivisional magistrates of Kalol and Kadi and Gandhinagar regional officer of the Gujarat Pollution Control Board, several recommendations were outlined, the most important of which being that the “treated wastewater of the proposed sewage treatment plant of the Kalol Nagarpalika should not be allowed to be discharged directly or indirectly into the Thol lake and its eco-sensitive zone in any case”, according to the report.It has also been recommended that “the options of providing dedicated irrigation canals bypassing the Thol lake and without affecting the whole bird sanctuary, eco-sensitive zone of the Thol lake and reuse of treated sewage in the nearby industries should be explored”. Furthermore, “a guard pond-cum-distribution pond with an online continuous effluent monitoring system and regular manual monitoring should be provided for treated sewage from the proposed STP (sewage treatment plant), and treated sewage may be utilised based on requirements for irrigation and industrial purposes”.Some of the options identified by the joint committee and the subcommittee include utilisation of the treated wastewater in the garden area of the municipality, for use by the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation-Kalol, which houses 180 industries; utilisation by other industries such as Arvind Limited at Santej and Bharat Vijay Mill at Kalol; and utilisation by the Kalol unit of the Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited, if feasible.On reutilising the treated wastewater, the NGT committee has also said that the municipality should advertise seeking expressions of interest for the utilisation of treated wastewater from the proposed plant. The panel also suggested that the state pollution control board take into account its recommendations while considering the Kalol sewage treatment plant’s application for consent.Following the distribution of the treated wastewater to industrial units and for other purposes, the remaining treated wastewater can be drained into a canal of Sujalam Sufalam Circle-1 for irrigation purposes, the panel said, adding that “technical modification in the existing pipeline” may be undertaken to ensure that treated wastewater does not get mixed with drinking water.

Express Impact: NGT panel disallows discharge of treated sewage to protected wetland in Gujarat
19-year-old held for kidnapping teen in Gujarat
Times of India | 2 weeks ago
Times of India
2 weeks ago

AHMEDABAD: Sola police on Friday arrested a 19-year-old man from Kalol for allegedly stalking, kidnapping and hurting a 16-year-old girl who lives in Kalol and studies in the Sola area of the city, on Thursday afternoon. According to an FIR filed with Sola police, the girl studies at a private school in Sola and goes home to Kalol around 1pm every day. On Thursday, she did not return till the evening and her parents began lookin gfor her. A classmate told her parents that a man had come to the school, made get get on to his motorcycle and taken her somewhere. Meanwhile, the girl secretly sent her current location to her father on WhatsApp. The girl’s parents followed her location and reached a place near the Narmada canal where they spotted their daughter with the accused, Mayank Patel, who is from their village. When her parents tried to approach him, he began driving to motorcycle away at speed and the girl fell and suffered injuries on her face. Patel managed to flee and her parents took her to a private hospital near the Vaishnodevi Circle. The girl suffered an injury and a fracture to her chin, said an officer of Sola police. The officer said that they later nabbed Patel from his house in Kalol and booked him for stalking, kidnapping a minor girl, rash driving causing severe hurt along with the charges under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the Motor Vehicles Act. The officer said that Patel had been stalking and harassing the girl for around six months.

19-year-old held for kidnapping teen in Gujarat
Bodies Of Indians Dead At US-Canada Border Won't Be Brought Back: Relatives
Ndtv | 5 months ago
Ndtv
5 months ago

Four members of the Patel family had died of extreme conditions near US-Canada border. (File)Ahmedabad: The bodies of four members of a family from Gujarat's Gandhinagar district who died of the extreme cold near the Canada-US border would not be brought back to India, their relatives said on Friday.The Canadian authorities, who suspected it to be a case of "human smuggling", identified the dead persons as Jagdish Patel (39), his wife Vaishaliben (37), daughter Vihangi (11) and son Dharmik (3)."It is now confirmed that the family belonged to Dingucha village in Kalol taluka of Gandhinagar. The Indian embassy in Canada is in touch with their family members here for the next course of action," said Additional Director General of Police (CID-Crime) Anil Pratham.Following the confirmation of identity, relatives and some local women gathered at the Patel family's ancestral house at Dingucha to mourn the deaths on Friday.Villagers told reporters that other members of the family had shifted to Kalol town some time back.Jaswant Patel, a cousin of Jagdish Patel, said they had decided not to bring the bodies back to India."The entire family is in deep shock...As of now, we all have decided not to bring the bodies here for cremation. Last rites will be conducted in Canada itself," he said.Last week, Gujarat Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia had directed the anti-human trafficking unit of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) to probe the role of local agents in sending the family to Canada.Additional DGP Pratham said he was waiting for information from the Indian embassy in Canada to move ahead with the investigation."We can start our investigation only after knowing how many people were actually sent illegally and who helped them," DGP Pratham told reporters.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"If people have traveled there, the embassy will have their names and addresses. We can visit their villages and verify if people actually traveled to Canada, for what reason, and how much they paid the agents," he added.As per the Canadian authorities, the Patel family arrived in Toronto on January 12, 2022. From there they made their way to Manitoba and eventually to Emerson around January 18, a day before they tragically died near the border due to exposure to extreme weather conditions.

Bodies Of Indians Dead At US-Canada Border Won't Be Brought Back: Relatives
A Gujarat Village, A Family That Froze To Death And The American Dream
Ndtv | 5 months ago
Ndtv
5 months ago

A large number of people from Dingucha are settled abroad, mainly in the US, Canada, Australia (File)Dingucha (Gujarat): Lack of quality job opportunities is driving residents of this village in Gujarat to pursue their dream of migrating to the US and other developed countries for a better future and that urge is so strong that some of them do not mind taking the illegal route and endangering their lives in pursuit of their goal.Dingucha village in Gandhinagar district is under international spotlight after a family of four - a couple and their two children - froze to death in Canada while allegedly attempting to cross over illegally to the US. It is believed the family belonged from this village though there has been no conformation of this yet.A large number of people from Dingucha are settled abroad, mainly in the US, Canada and Australia and they have generously donated money for construction of the panchayat building, a school, temple, health centre and a community hall, among others, in the village, said local residents.Many more keep looking for an opportunity to move abroad in search of better opportunities, they said.On entering Dingucha, one gets the feeling of being in a town and not a village.A wall painting advertisement right across the panchayat building at Dingucha promises enrolment to a university in the UK or Canada "with or without IELTS" -- the English proficiency test required for admission to universities in these countries.A few other hoardings about "study in Canada and US" in the village, located some 40km from Ahmedabad, target the youth in the village who always dream of moving abroad in search of better opportunities.It is the lack of opportunities here that is driving people to go abroad, said Amrut Patel, a man in his late 60s who had himself migrated to the US 33 years ago before taking his family there."Not just Dingucha, I'd talk about the entire Gujarat. People are not getting salary befitting their education, so they think, why not go abroad and earn more?" said Mr Patel, who runs a restaurant near Baltimore in the US with his son. His three daughters are also married there.As per the locals, a married couple and their two children from the village, who had recently left for Canada on a visitor's visa, have gone missing.Villagers apprehend they might be the same family who froze to death while trying to illegally enter the US through Canada, especially since there is no official confirmation yet on their identities."People are looking for opportunities in the US or Canada, because there is a lack of opportunity here... Since not everybody can go abroad legally, they are looking for ways to enter illegally - something that this ill-fated couple (who were found dead) were doing with their children," said Mr Patel, who visits his native village for a few months every year.For one to migrate to the US or Canada illegally, all one needs is a strong connection among the NRI (Non-Resident Indian) community, Mr Patel said."You do not need to be affluent to go abroad. In fact, affluent people do not need to go abroad in search of opportunities, taking so much risk. If you are financially weak, relatives and friends who are settled there will help with money. They can provide lakhs of rupees to facilitate your journey," he said.Ever since the news report reached here last week of the bodies of four members of a family found frozen on the US-Canada border, the village has been rife with a sense of foreboding.Jagdish Patel, his wife and their two children, who are missing, belong to an average middle-class family of farmers with a limited landholding, and they had recently left for Canada on a visitor's visa, said village talathi (revenue official) Jayesh Chaudhary."Jagdish Patel is a native of Dingucha. His parents lived in the village, while he resided in the nearby town of Kalol. Some two years ago, during the COVID-19 pandemic, he relocated to the village with his family. Three to four months ago, he again left for Kalol," said Mr Chaudhary.According to his relatives, Mr Patel supported his father in farming and even worked briefly in a school. Mr Chaudhary said, "He used to sell clothes in Kalol for a brief period during the Diwali festival."There has been no official confirmation on the identities of the couple and their two children, including an infant, who were found frozen to death while trying to illegally enter the US through Canada.In the absence of an official communication from authorities, neither the family members nor the villagers are able to outright reject the possibility of the dead persons being Jagdish Patel, his wife Vaishali and their two children.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"I had no idea they were leaving for abroad. When I last met my cousin a few days before they left, he said he had obtained a visitor's visa and was going to Canada with his wife and children. We have not been able to contact them since the news reached us last week," said Jaswant Patel, his cousin who lives in the same village.The family of four tried to cross the US-Canada border along with seven others who were caught by US authorities. However, these four could not reach the border and froze to death midway, according to reports.

A Gujarat Village, A Family That Froze To Death And The American Dream