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Launch of second version of Vande Bharat trains by August: Ashwini Vaishnaw
The Indian Express | 10 hours ago
The Indian Express
10 hours ago

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.

Launch of second version of Vande Bharat trains by August: Ashwini Vaishnaw
Bullet Train By When? What Railway Officials Have Revealed
Ndtv | 23 hours ago
Ndtv
23 hours ago

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.)

Bullet Train By When? What Railway Officials Have Revealed
Bihar native ‘suffers seizure’, dies in police custody in Gujarat’s Valsad
The Indian Express | 3 days ago
The Indian Express
3 days ago

A 26-year-old Bihar native, who was caught moving suspiciously in a residential society in Vapi town of Gujarat’s Valsad district, allegedly died in police custody on Thursday. The police said he suffered a seizure while at the station and as he collapsed, his head hit the corner of a table.On the basis of the statement given by the deceased prior to his death, the police identified him as Akhilesh Chandrajeet Rai (26) of Daman. According to the police, doctors who carried out the post-mortem identified brain haemorrage as the cause of death. Officers said they are trying to trace the relatives and friends of Rai as he had not disclosed his address to them.The police said the security guard of an under-construction building of one Nirav Shah in Ajitnagar residential society in the Chala area of Vapi town spotted a youth moving suspiciously on Wednesday night. He caught the youth and handed him over to the police. Shah also handed an application to the police station in this connection, the police said, adding that during primary interrogation, the nabbed individual did not mention his full address in Daman or Bihar or the names of people he knew in Daman. The cops kept him on the first floor in the surveillance department room of Vapi police station for further questioning.Vapi police inspector B J Sarwaiya said, “On Thursday morning, he was walking in the surveillance room without any reason. While walking, he suffered a seizure and fell on the floor, but his head hit the corner of a wooden table and he became unconscious. The 108 ambulance took him to the government hospital where he was declared dead by doctors. On Friday, the post-mortem was done by a panel of forensic science medicine doctors at Surat New Civil Hospital. The doctors claimed that he died due to brain haemorrhage. The doctors told us that the deceased also had some old injuries on the other part of his head. We have lodged a complaint of accidental death and started probe.”The inspector added, “Rai had not provided full address and his details to the cops during primary questioning. We have sent our teams to labourers’ areas in Daman to identify him. We are also taking the help of Daman police to identify him. Our teams had found nothing except a handkerchief in his pocket. We suspect that he might be a mentally retarded person and the security guard suspected him to be a miscreant. Our teams are jointly working with the Daman police for his identification.”On February 17 this year, Lata alias Shushila Gawani (70), an alleged bootlegger who had been nabbed by the police, was found dead at the Vapi town police station.

Bihar native ‘suffers seizure’, dies in police custody in Gujarat’s Valsad
Heavy rains lash south Gujarat, Ukai gets fresh flow of water
Times of India | 5 days ago
Times of India
5 days ago

SURAT: The Ukai reservoir started receiving fresh water of the season with rainfall in the catchment area in Maharashtra on Thursday. Over 11,000 cusecs inflow were reported at the dam while the water level was at 315.33 foot. Dam officials claim there will not be immediate change in levels as water is being released for irrigation at present. “Considering the demand for water by farmers, we are releasing water through the canal. Till the monsoon picks up in south Gujarat, there will be water demand from the dam and hence there will not be significant rise in water levels,” said a dam official. Meanwhile, Umapada in Surat district received 161 mm rain on Thursday while Mangrol got 71 mm, Kamrej 61 mm and Choryasi 29 mm. Surat city received 12 mm rain during the day due to which some areas witnessed water logging issues. Meanwhile, 159 mm rain was recorded in Valsad taluka and 89 mm in Pardi taluka of Valsad on Thursday. In Vapi 36 mm and Hansot of Bharuch got 32mm, Dharampur 23 mm and Kaprada 20mm rainfall. Parts of Surat, Bharuch, Navsari, Dang, Tapi and Valsad districts of south Gujarat are likely to receive more rainfall in the next three days, said Manorama Mohanty, the director of Meteorological Centre, Ahmedabad. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely at isolated places of the region, she said. “Though there will not be any significant rain in Saurashtra and Kutch region today, the rainfall activity will gain momentum from tomorrow and may bring heavy rainfall in some parts of that region on July 3 and 4,” Mohanty said. In the last 24 hours ending at 6am, Valsad received 159 mm rain, while Pardi received 89 mm, it said. According to officials, waterlogging was reported in low-lying areas of Valsad town and some parts of Surat, such as Varachha, Kapodra, Mahidharpura and Patel Wadi.

Heavy rains lash south Gujarat, Ukai gets fresh flow of water
  • Heavy rains lash S Gujarat, Ukai gets fresh flow of water
  • Times of India

    Surat: The Ukai reservoir started receiving fresh water of the season with rainfall in the catchment area in Maharashtra on Thursday. Over 11,000 cusecs inflow were reported at the dam while the water level was at 315.33 foot. Dam officials claim there will not be immediate change in levels as water is being released for irrigation at present. “Considering the demand for water by farmers, we are releasing water through the canal. Till the monsoon picks up in south Gujarat, there will be water demand from the dam and hence there will not be significant rise in water levels,” said a dam official. Meanwhile, Umapada in Surat district received 161 mm rain on Thursday while Mangrol got 71 mm, Kamrej 61 mm and Choryasi 29 mm. Surat city received 12 mm rain during the day due to which some areas witnessed water logging issues. Meanwhile, 159 mm rain was recorded in Valsad taluka and 89 mm in Pardi taluka of Valsad on Thursday. In Vapi 36 mm and Hansot of Bharuch got 32mm, Dharampur 23 mm and Kaprada 20mm rainfall. Parts of Surat, Bharuch, Navsari, Dang, Tapi and Valsad districts of south Gujarat are likely to receive more rainfall in the next three days, said Manorama Mohanty, the director of Meteorological Centre, Ahmedabad.Heavy to very heavy rainfall is very likely at isolated places of the region, she said.“Though there will not be any significant rain in Saurashtra and Kutch region today, the rainfall activity will gain momentum from tomorrow and may bring heavy rainfall in some parts of that region on July 3 and 4,” Mohanty said.In the last 24 hours ending at 6am, Valsad received 159 mm rain, while Pardi received 89 mm, it said.According to officials, waterlogging was reported in low-lying areas of Valsad town and some parts of Surat, such as Varachha, Kapodra, Mahidharpura and Patel Wadi.

With Maha power shift, work on ‘bullet train’ project may speed up now
Times of India | 5 days ago
Times of India
5 days ago

The change of guard in Maharashtra has revived the hope of expediting the Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speed rail, popularly known as ‘bullet train’, project in the state. So far, work has not started in the Maharashtra portion due to non-availability of sufficient land and forest clearances, whereas construction is in full swing on the stretch falling in Gujarat and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Also, work on the 33-km-long underground Mumbai Metro-3 rail project from Cuffe Parade to Seepz too is running behind schedule. Soon after it came to power in November 2019, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance had scrapped the metro car shed inside the eco-sensitive Aarey Colony. For the past two-and-a-half years, the government could not find an alternate location for the car shed. Even its attempt to shift this to a plot in Kanjurmarg was stymied due to claims over the ownership of the land. Sources in railway ministry said while work for the bullet train project is yet to start in Maharashtra, all civil and track contracts for construction and laying of tracks have been bid out for the entire 352 km stretch falling under Gujarat and Dadra and Nagar Haveli sections of the project. “The works on piles, foundations, piers, pier caps, casting and erection of girders for viaduct and stations are in full swing along the alignment passing through the eight districts of Gujarat,” said the spokesperson of the National High Speed Rail Corporation Ltd (NHRSCL) which is implementing the project. According to NHRSCL data, while nearly 99% land has been acquired in Gujarat, in Maharashtra it is 71.5%. In Dadra and Nagar Haveli, 100% land has been acquired. The spokesperson added that the works on all eight stations from Vapi to Sabarmati are under various stages of construction and the constructions are in full swing at the upcoming Surat and Sabarmati depots. A central government official said that had there been good cooperation from the erstwhile MVA government, works could have started in Maharashtra as well. The strain between the Centre and the MVA government over the bullet train project had become so big that at a Pragati meeting in November 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked the railways to complete the bullet train project at least on the Gujarat portion in time, if the issues didn’t get resolved for the stretch falling in Maharashtra. TOI on November 26, 2020 had first reported about the PM’s direction at a meeting of all central government secretaries and state chief secretaries. According to an official release, rail minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Dr Mori Masafumi, special adviser to the Japanese PM, co-chaired a joint committee meeting on issues related to funding, contracts and execution of the bullet train project for early completion of the flagship infrastructure project. (With inputs from Mumbai)

With Maha power shift, work on ‘bullet train’ project may speed up now
Country’s first bullet train to be operational by 2026: Vaishnaw
The Indian Express | 4 weeks ago
The Indian Express
4 weeks ago

Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said the government is confident of running the country’s first bullet train project by 2026. “The trial run (of the Mumbai–Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor) would be between Surat and Billimora in Navsari district in August 2026,” Vaishnaw said in Surat.The Union minister was on a visit to Surat and Navsari to review the progress of the bullet train project. “I have seen the construction work in progress at Surat and Navsari. I am satisfied with it. The fares of the bullet train will be lesser than airlines. One will get better facilities than airlines. We have not yet decided on the fares. We will work on it once the project gets completed,” he said while interacting with mediapersons.The bullet train will run at an average speed of 300 kilometre per hour (kmph) while its design speed is 320 kmph. “For that more time has been consumed for designing. Every month, 12 kms work is done,” he said. The total length of the project is 508.17 kilometres. There will be 12 stations out of which eight will be in Gujarat and four in Maharashtra. There will be three depots, two in Gujarat (Surat and Sabarmati) and one in Maharashtra (Thane).🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨Vaishnaw said that the bullet train project has generated around 1 lakh  employment. “Of the 508-km project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, the work is in progress between Vapi and Ahmedabad. Of the 350-km section areas, the work is in progress on 160 kms. The pillars had been erected in a 60-km area. Latest technology is being used in six casting yards. Earlier, the girders were directly imported from China, but now we have started manufacturing girders locally in Surat and Chennai,” the minister said.At the same time, he said the process of land acquisition was happening at a slower pace in Maharashtra. “The local people want bullet trains there, but the Maharashtra government does not wish to go ahead with this project. We will not have any problems, our work will continue. We are hopeful that the people of Maharashtra will accept this project in the coming days. A few days ago, I spoke to a big political leader of Maharashtra and he told me that he wanted such a project in the state,” Vaishnaw said.Meanwhile, the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) said over 90 per cent of the total land required for the bullet train project has been acquired. More than 98.8 per cent of the land has been acquired in Gujarat, while 100 per cent is acquired in Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Union Territory) and 71.5 per cent in Maharashtra. Until last month, around 139.6 kilometre of piling work, 72.4-kilometre of foundation work and 61.6 kms of Pier work were completed.Vaishnaw also stated that the Railways will undertake the redevelopment project of the Surat Railway Station, which was initially planned to be done under public-private partnership. “Earlier, we lacked the experience for redeveloping railway stations. We got experience after redeveloping two railway stations—one in Gandhinagar and second in Bhopal. We have issued tenders for the redevelopment of 30 railway stations across the country to make them first-class railway stations,” he said.The total cost for redeveloping the Surat Railway Station is Rs 980 crore. “The tender will be issued in the first or second week of July. The work will be initiated from Diwali month (October). We have done improvement in the structural design part… A two-floor roof plaza will be made and the same concept as railway stations in Beijing and Tokyo will be applied on the two floors. It will be connected with BRTS and Metro Rail. The roads of the nearby areas will be elevated,” he said.

Country’s first bullet train to be operational by 2026: Vaishnaw
  • "Confident Of Running The 1st Bullet Train In 2026": Railways Minister
  • Ndtv

    Ashwini Vaishnaw said the bullet train is a national project and there should be no politics. (File)Surat, Gujarat: Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Monday said they are confident of achieving the target of running the country's first bullet train between Surat and Bilimora in Gujarat in 2026 as good progress has been made in this direction.Mr Vaishnaw was in Surat to inspect the progress of the government's ambitious Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project.There has been good progress in the construction of infrastructure for the bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, and the work is being done at a high speed."We are keeping the target of running the first bullet train between Surat and Bilimora in 2026. The progress is very good, and we are confident of running the train by that time," he told reporters.Bilimora is a town in Navsari district of south Gujarat.The project is aimed at running the bullet train between Ahmedabad and Mumbai on a high speed rail (HSR) corridor at a speed of 320 kmph, covering a distance of 508 km and 12 stations. The train is expected to reduce the travel time between the two cities to about three hours from the current six hours.The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is funding 81 per cent of project cost which is estimated at Rs 1.1 lakh crore.Mr Vaishnaw said pillars for the bullet train project have been put up on 61 km of the route and work is underway on around 150 km of the stretch."It is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to provide ultra modern and best services, such as redevelopment of railway stations, new Vande Bharat trains, Kavach (automatic train protection system), bullet trains...We are working to fulfil the aspirations of 130 crore Indians," he said.Vaishnav inspected the operation of a segmental casting yard of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Corridor near Vaktana village in Choryasi taluka of Surat, and also visited the under-construction Antroli railway station under the project.Later, he also visited the project site at Nasilpore in Navsari along with Minister of State for Railways Darshana Jardosh Jardosh.Asked about the progress of the bullet train project in neighbouring Maharashtra, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said it was slow due to land acquisition issues. He said Maharashtra should work with the spirit of cooperation and collaboration on the project."This is a national project and there should not be any politics over it," he said."I believe we would set an example of working together on this project...The progress (in Maharashtra section) is slow. We hope there will be more progress," he said.But, at the same time, the 352 km section in Gujarat is also sufficiently long, he said, adding that the focus will remain on Gujarat until the work of land acquisition in Maharashtra is completed.Earlier, addressing the bullet train project workers at a site in Surat, Mr Vaishnaw informed them about the Centre's 'One Nation, One Ration' scheme, whereby they can get food grains in any part of the country where they are working.The central government is working with the spirit of service and development of all under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Psychotropic drugs factory busted in Gujarat
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

AHMEDABAD: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Sunday unearthed a psychotropic substance manufacturing factory at the Vapi GIDC in Vapi town of Valsad district and seized 68kg of drugs having a total value of at least Rs 1 crore in the illicit market. According to the NCB officers, four men including a chemist from Telangana, were caught in the case. “Based upon specific information, further developed by NCB Ahmedabad zonal team, a factory involved in manufacture of psychotropic substances was identified and busted at Vapi Gujarat,” said an NCB officer The factory was being used for manufacturing of psychotropic substances mainly suspected to be alprazolam and nordazepam without any licence for illicit sale, added the officer. “The team was keeping surveillance for around a week. Till now, four persons have been apprehended and the factory premises has been seized along with chemicals used for manufacturing,” said the officer, adding that the further investigation is underway. Sources in the NCB said that the chemist from Telangana was the key accused in the case. “He ran the manufacturing lab along with two men from West Bengal and one from Maharastra,” said an NCB officer. The officer said that the accused were running the factory for around one-and-a-half-month. “The accused used to procure the raw materials through local units. This is worrisome as they could procure and manufacture the psychotropic drugs with ease and agencies may not get the inkling of the illicit method,” said a source in the central agency. Another NCB officer privy to development said that the accused had around a week ago made a sample of around 25 to 50 grams which they delivered to drug mafia. After preparing the sample, they finally manufactured the drugs in huge quantity of 68kg which they were supposed to deliver in Maharashtra and Telangana, said the officer. The NCB officer said that the commercial quantity of such psychotropic drugs through licence is between 20 and 50 grams. As they manufactured such a huge quantity, they are liable for a sentence between 10 and 20 years of imprisonment along with the fine according to the NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance) act. In August last year also, the NCB had busted a mephedrone manufacturing factory in the Vapi GIDC.

Psychotropic drugs factory busted in Gujarat
All Civil, Track Work Contract For Bullet Train Project In Gujarat Placed: Minister
Ndtv | 2 months ago
Ndtv
2 months ago

Bullet train project contracts for track work worth Rs. 3,141 Cr awarded, said the ministerNew Delhi: All civil and track work contracts for the 352-km stretch of the bullet train project on the Gujarat side have now been awarded, with Rs 3,141-crore worth track contract being given to infra giant Larsen and Toubro, Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said on Saturday.The 508-km bullet train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad has hit a roadblock in Maharashtra because of land acquisition issues, but work has already started on the Gujarat side of the project."BulletTrainProject NHSRCL contracts for track work worth Rs. 3,141 Cr awarded. 100% contract placed for civil and track work in Gujarat area," Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said in a tweet.#BulletTrainProjectNHSRCL contracts for track work worth Rs. 3,141 Cr awarded.100% contract placed for civil and track work in Gujarat area. pic.twitter.com/jMCChwXws0— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) April 30, 2022A statement from the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) said the ballast-less slab track system as used in the Japanese HSR (Shinkansen) will be deployed in India's first High-Speed Rail project (MAHSR).Japan Railway Track Consultant Co. Limited (JRTC) has provided the detailed design and drawing of major HSR track components like RC track bed, track slab arrangement, and continuous welded rail (CWR) forces for the contract, the statement said.This contract to L&T is the second one for the design, supply, and construction of the track and track-related works for the Mumbai Ahmedabad High Speed Rail corridor. "National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited awards second contract (related to track works) for supply and construction of track and track-related works for Double Line High Speed Railway between Vadodara and Sabarmati Depot and Workshop in the State of Gujarat (MAHSR T-3 Package) to M/S Larsen & Toubro Limited at a total approximate cost of INR 3141 Cr," a statement from NHSRCL said.Earlier, the first contract for track works between Vapi and Vadodara was awarded to IRCON International Limited on December 24, 2021.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThese contracts will boost the Make in India initiative as both the contracts have been awarded to Indian companies, the statement said.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

All Civil, Track Work Contract For Bullet Train Project In Gujarat Placed: Minister
Gujarat Imposes Night Curfew In 17 More Towns As Covid Cases Spike
Ndtv | 5 months ago
Ndtv
5 months ago

A review meeting was held by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Friday (File)Gandhinagar (Gujarat): In view of rising COVID-19 cases in the state, the Gujarat government has imposed a night curfew in 17 more towns and extended its implementation in eight metros and two cities till January 26, informed Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Friday.The cities where night curfew will be imposed are Surendranagar, Dhrangradhra, Morbi, Wankaner, Dhoraji, Gondal, Jetpur, Kalawad, Godhra, Vijalpore, Navsari, Navsari, Bilimora, Vyara, Vapi Valsad, Bharuch, Ankleshwar.A review meeting was held by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Friday before announcing the reviewed guidelines.Earlier on January 7, the government announced a night curfew between 10 pm and 6 am in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Junagadh, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Anand, and Nadiad.As per COVID-19 guidelines, as many as 150 persons are allowed in the open and 50 per cent in closed space for any social religious function. The cinema halls, libraries, auditoriums, gyms are also allowed to function with 50 per cent occupancy.The public transport both AC and non AC buses can run with 75 per cent of its sitting capacity and standing is not allowed.The occupancies are restricted in marriages and funerals also. As many as 150 persons are allowed in the open, 50 per cent in closed space for marriage and 100 people are in funerals.As per the guidelines, all businesses, offices, shops, shopping malls etc can be opened till 10:00 pm and 75 per cent sitting capacity in the restaurant is permitted.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comEarlier on Friday, Gujarat reported 21,225 fresh COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths. So far, Gujarat reported 10,22,788 COVID-19 cases.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Gujarat Imposes Night Curfew In 17 More Towns As Covid Cases Spike
  • Gujarat Announces Night Curfew For 17 Towns With High Covid Positivity Rate
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    At present, the night curfew is in force in eight metros. (Representational)Ahmedabad: In light of the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Gujarat government on Friday announced night curfew for 17 more towns with high positivity rates and extended the implementation in eight metros and two cities till January 29.While the timing of the night curfew remains unchanged from 10 pm to 6 am, 17 more towns have been added to the list of places where it will be enforced from January 22 till January 29, a government release stated.At the same time, the government has relaxed home delivery services for hotels and restaurants to 24 hours, while permitting these establishments to operate with 75 per cent capacity till 10 pm, it was stated.The decisions were taken in a meeting of the core committee chaired by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel to review the existing pandemic situation.At present, the night curfew is in force in eight metros namely Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Bhavnagar and Gandhinagar, besides Anand and Nadiad cities.As per the release, the night curfew between 10 pm and 6 am will also be imposed in 17 towns with high positivity rates, including Surendranagar, Dhrangradhra, Morbi, Wankaner, Dhoraji, Gondal, Jetpur, Kalawad, Godhra, Vijalpore (Navsari), Navsari, Bilimora, Vyarav, Vyapar, Bharuch and Ankleshwar.The curfew period, which was to end on January 22, has been extended till January 29, it was stated.According to the notification issued by the state home department, essential services are allowed during the night curfew and the other restrictions remain unchanged.Shops, shopping complexes, marketing yards, salons, spas, beauty parlours, etc., are allowed to operate till 10 pm, while political, social and religious gatherings are allowed with a maximum of 150 persons at a venue in an open space, with the number not exceeding 50 per cent of the capacity of an enclosed space.No more than 100 mourners are permitted at funerals, the notification stated.Bus transport services have been exempted from night curfew, and buses can operate with 75 per cent seating capacity.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comCinema halls, water parks, gyms, swimming pools, auditoriums, libraries, etc. are allowed to operate with 50 per cent of their capacities, it was stated.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Supply chain DP World likely to invest Rs 10,000 crore in Gujarat
The Indian Express | 6 months ago
The Indian Express
6 months ago

Global supply chain solutions company, DP World, on Wednesday said it was looking to invest Rs 10,000 crore in developing logistics infrastructure in Gujarat.Addressing the Vibrant Gujarat roadshow at Dubai in UAE where Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel was present, Rizwan Soomar, CEO and MD (Subcontinent), DP World, said, “We are building a logistic ecosystem backed by reliable, transparent and efficient logistics products delivered through our digital platform… We are very keen to expand our ports and cold chain networks, develop multi modal logistics hubs and free trade zones.”“We intend to partner with the state government for the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat summit and we hope to sign an MoU for phase-wise investments exceeding Rs 10,000 crore towards development of logistics infrastructure in the state,” Soomar added. DP World currently operates a container terminal and a container freight station at Mundra, two private freight stations in Hazira and Ahmedabad, rail services from Mundra Hazira and Pipavav ports, cold chain facility at Surat and express trucking service across through four cargo hubs of Vapi, Surat, Vadodara and Ahmedabad. Chairman of Welspun Group, BK Goenka, who spoke on the first day of two-day Vibrant Gujarat roadshow said Welspun unit in Vapi manufactures and supplies all towels used in Wimbledon. “Every fourth towel and every eighth bedsheet sold in the United States is manufactured in Gujarat by us at Welspun,” he added.CM Patel, who is leading the two-day Vibrant Gujarat roadshow to UAE, said he will visit BAPS Hindu mandir at Dubai and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque at Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Supply chain DP World likely to invest Rs 10,000 crore in Gujarat
Vapi Municipality election results, Thumping majority shows strength of workers: Paatil
The Indian Express | 7 months ago
The Indian Express
7 months ago

Days after the BJP won the Vapi Municipality polls in Valsad, despite losing four seats to the Congress party, Gujarat BJP President CR Paatil Friday said the BJP’s win was with a “thumping majority” as “Arvind Kejriwal suffered the highest loss of deposit along with the Congress”. He was referring to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which had contested the election for the first time, and lost.Paatil, who was in Nadiad for the BJP Snehmilan, emphasised the creation of page committees that would help the party connect with the voters of the state, ahead of the Assembly polls slated for next year. He stressed the state unit of the party, under his leadership, had “closed doors to outsiders”.Flanked by Union Minister of State and Kheda MP Devusinh Chauhan, Gujarat Cabinet Minister Arjunsinh Chauhan and party leader Gordhan Zadafia, Paatil was speaking at a gathering of party workers from Kheda. Enlisting the party’s victories in Gujarat since Paatil took over as president of the state executive in July 2020, he said, “After I took over, we won a lot of elections… We have won nine Assembly bypolls that were Congress seats. We also won all the 31 district panchayats, ensuring that in one, the Congress party could not even win one seat and remained in single digits in 26 of these DPs. We gained 96 seats in Municipal Corporations, 75 of 81 seats in Municipalities… 205 of 231 in Taluka Panchayats… the strength behind this is the strength of the party workers like you sitting here.”Crediting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the party’s success, Paatil also heaped praises on the “hard work put in by Amit Shah to build the party by inducting members”, but went on to say that under Paatil’s leadership in Gujarat, the party had not roped in a single “new leader from outside”.“After I took over, we haven’t brought in any new party workers, we closed doors to outsiders… It goes without saying that it was the strength of you all sitting here that we won so many elections… Before the Gandhinagar elections, I called some party leaders. They said they were holding a meeting to decide who will be the Mayor… that is the confidence,” Paatil said.

Vapi Municipality election results, Thumping majority shows strength of workers: Paatil
Vapi Nagar Palika polls: BJP wins but loses 4 seats to Congress
The Indian Express | 7 months ago
The Indian Express
7 months ago

The Congress has snatched four seats from the BJP in the Vapi Nagar Palika elections in Valsad district, taking its number of elected councillors to seven, even as the BJP retained power with 37 seats. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) failed to open its account in the elections, results of which were announced on Tuesday. The election to 43 seats in 11 wards of Vapi Nagar Palika was held on November 28, in which 51.87 per cent turnout was recorded against 60 per cent in 2016 elections.A total of 109 candidates were in the fray, of which 44 were from the BJP, 41 from the Congress, 24 from the AAP and one independent. On ward 10, the BJP candidate won uncontested after the Congress candidate failed to submit her OBC form. The BJP had fielded 31 new candidates, while repeating 13 candidates who won.The counting was held at the Vapi PTC college on Tuesday under tight security. Congress candidates won on three seats from ward 5 and all four seats from ward 6. BJP Vapi general secretary Paresh Desai lost from ward 5, a party stronghold.Vapi Congress president Nimesh Vashi said, “We were expecting between 12 seats to 15 seats but got seven. We have found that in some wards, our votes went to AAP candidates. We will work and try to better our performance in the upcoming assembly elections next year. As opposition in the Nagar Palika, our councilors will take up the issues of public works and ensure that people get all basic facilities.”Vapi BJP president Satish Patel said, “In some wards, our party candidates won by a margin of 1,500 to 2,000 votes, which shows that the majority of the people are with the BJP. Our party is expanding rapidly in Vapi… in 2006, we had 27 elected councillors, 35 in 2011, 41 in 2016 and now 37 councilors.”State Finance Minister Kanubhai Desai, who is from Vapi, had said on October 30 that the state government was planning to elevate Vapi Nagar Palika to a municipal corporation due to a rise in population. Reacting to the results, AAP president Gopal Italia said, “Our presence has benefitted the Congress party… We are new to Vapi and started from zero still we got 13 per cent of votes.”Congress loses seat in MahuvaIn the bypoll to Mahuvariya seat in Mahuva taluka panchayat of Surat, Congress lost its seat as BJP candidate Dinesh Chaudhary defeated Congress candidate Manilal Chaudhary by 751 votes, while AAP candidate Ashish Chaudhary got 865 votes.The by-election was held on Sunday after the seat fell vacant following the death of Congress councilor Dharmesh Chaudhary due to Covid-19 in March 2021.The Mahuva taluka panchayat is with the BJP, which had 14 elected councillors earlier, while the Congress had five. With the bypoll result, the BJP improved its tally to 15, while Congress tally has been reduced to four.

Vapi Nagar Palika polls: BJP wins but loses 4 seats to Congress
IT dept detects Rs 100-cr black income after raids on Gujarat group
Indian Express | 7 months ago
Indian Express
7 months ago

The Income Tax Department has detected Rs 100 crore unaccounted income after it recently raided a Gujarat company engaged in manufacturing of chemicals and in real estate, the CBDT said on Sunday.The searches were carried out on November 18 at more than 20 premises located in Vapi, Sarigam (Valsad district), Silvassa and Mumbai.“…incriminating evidences in the form of documents, diary notings and digital data showing earning of huge unaccounted income by the group and its investment in assets have been seized,” the CBDT said in a statement.“The evidences clearly indicate evasion of taxable income by adopting various modus-operandi such as suppression of production, use of bogus purchase invoices without actual delivery of the goods to inflate purchases, availing of bogus GST credit, claim of bogus commission expenses, etc,” it said.The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), that frames policy for the tax department, said that the group received unaccounted money as part of immovable property transactions.“All these have resulted into generation of unaccounted cash,” the statement said.Documents related to cash transactions and investments in immovable properties and cash loans have also been seized by the taxman, it said, adding 2.5 crore cash and jewellery worth Rs 1 crore was seized during the operation while 16 bank accounts have been frozen, the CBDT said.“A preliminary analysis of the documents/evidence unearthed during the search has indicated that estimation of unaccounted income is likely to be more than Rs 100 crore,” the statement said. 

IT dept detects Rs 100-cr black income after raids on Gujarat group
  • IT department detects Rs 100 crore black income after raids on Gujarat group
  • Times of India

    NEW DELHI: The Income Tax Department has detected Rs 100 crore unaccounted income after it recently raided a Gujarat company engaged in manufacturing of chemicals and in real estate, the CBDT said on Sunday. The searches were carried out on November 18 at more than 20 premises located in Vapi, Sarigam (Valsad district), Silvassa and Mumbai. "...incriminating evidences in the form of documents, diary notings and digital data showing earning of huge unaccounted income by the group and its investment in assets have been seized," the CBDT said in a statement. "The evidences clearly indicate evasion of taxable income by adopting various modus-operandi such as suppression of production, use of bogus purchase invoices without actual delivery of the goods to inflate purchases, availing of bogus GST credit, claim of bogus commission expenses, etc," it said. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), that frames policy for the tax department, said that the group received unaccounted money as part of immovable property transactions. "All these have resulted into generation of unaccounted cash," the statement said. Documents related to cash transactions and investments in immovable properties and cash loans have also been seized by the taxman, it said, adding 2.5 crore cash and jewellery worth Rs 1 crore was seized during the operation while 16 bank accounts have been frozen, the CBDT said. "A preliminary analysis of the documents/evidence unearthed during the search has indicated that estimation of unaccounted income is likely to be more than Rs 100 crore," the statement said.

Gujarat: Unseasonal rains continue, IMD says moderate showers till Sunday
Indian Express | 7 months ago
Indian Express
7 months ago

UNSEASONAL HEAVY rainfall in the North Gujarat districts including Banaskantha, Patan, Sabarkantha, Kutch along with Narmada and South Gujarat districts of Valsad and Navsari continued for the second day Friday.As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, the cyclonic circulation associated with the Well Marked Low Pressure Area over Eastcentral Arabian Sea is expected to bring moderate rainfall till Sunday across the state.Palanpur in Banaskantha recorded the highest rainfall of 64 mm in the state. Other talukas to record rainfall above 50 mm were Sami (57 mm) and Saraswati (53 mm) in Patan along with Vapi in Valsad (52 mm).A total of 56 talukas recorded rainfall till Friday evening including Vansda in Navsari that received 41 mm rainfall followed by Danta (39 mm) and Kanrej (36 mm) in Banaskantha, Patan (36 mm) while Anjar (34 mm) and Bhuj (33 mm) in Bhuj too received rainfall.“Light to moderate rain, thundershowers is very likely in the districts of Gujarat including Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Surat, Dang, Tapi, Navsari, Valsad, in the districts of Saurashtra namely Amreli and Bhavnagar,” the IMD forecast for Saturday stated.AlsoDang, Tapi, Narmada, Navsari, Valsad are expected to receive moderate rainfall on Sunday.

Gujarat: Unseasonal rains continue, IMD says moderate showers till Sunday
  • Unseasonal rains in Gujarat due to cyclonic circulation in Arabian Sea
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: A cyclonic circulation off the Maharashtra coast and a resultant trough extending over Gujarat gave several parts of the state light to moderate rains on Thursday morning. Bechraji in Mehsana got 17 mm rains till 10 am, followed by 13 mm in Mehsana, 12 mm in Khedbrahma, Unjha, Dehgam and Kadi talukas, 8 mm in Kankrej in Banaskantha, 7 mm each in Vadali in Sabarkantha and Saltasana in Mehsana, and 6 mm each in Chanaska and Sami talukas of Patan among others. In all, 37 talukas recorded at least 1 mm rainfall. Peripheries of Ahmedabad city such as Bavla (3 mm) and Mandal (1 mm) received light showers. Light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind less than 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied with light to moderate rain very likely at isolated places in all the districts of South Gujarat region and in Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli; in the districts of North Gujarat region namely Mehsana, Gandhinagar, Aravalli, Kheda, Ahmedabad, Anand, Panchmahal, Dahod and Mahisagar; in the districts of Saurashtra namely Amreli, Bhavnagar, Botad and Surendranagar,’ read the forecast of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast. The Gujarat IMD officials said that the well-marked low-pressure area is likely to travel west-northwestwards in the next three days. “In the next two days, almost all districts of south Gujarat along with Anand, Panchmahal, Dahod, Kheda, Mahisagar Amreli, Bhavnagar, and Gir Somnath may experience light to moderate rains, as almost all the districts may experience cloudy weather. The minimum temperature may increase slightly,” said an official. Experts said that the rains may hamper the crop in some parts of the state. The seasonal change may also pose health risks for the elderly and those with lower immunity, they added.

  • Cyclonic circulation: 106 talukas get rain in Gujarat
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The city received traces of rainfall early on Thursday as Mandal (1mm) and Bavla (3mm) in periphery of the city received light showers due to the trough extending from Gujarat to north India. The trough was created due to a cyclonic circulation in east-central Arabian Sea. In all, out of 252 talukas in Gujarat, 106 talukas received at least 1mm rainfall. Four of the talukas – Tilakwada in Narmada (72mm), Idar and Vadali in Sabarkantha (66mm and 60mm), and Kheralu in Mehsana (52mm) received over 50mm rains. The widespread rains in north and central Gujarat reportedly caused damage to several crops. The estimate of damage could be ascertained after Saturday, said experts. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind less than 40 kmph is expected in Banaskantha, Patan, Mehsana, Sabarkantha, Aravalli, Anand, Bharuch, Surat, Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Porbandar, Jamnagar and Rajkot districts. From Saturday onwards, the system would weaken and may give light rains in southern districts including Dang, Navsari and Valsad, they added. The rains increased both minimum and maximum temperatures in Ahmedabad. While the maximum temperature at 27.2 degrees celsius was 5.5 degrees higher than the average, whereas the minimum temperature of 22.7 degrees celsius was 6.3 degrees higher than the normal. The minimum temperature may remain around 20 degrees, mentioned the IMD forecast.

  • Gujarat: Unseasonal rain likely today also, says IMD
  • Indian Express

    Unseasonal scattered rainfall was recorded in Gujarat on Thursday with the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issuing a forecast of light thunderstorm with moderate rainfall in the state on Friday.While most parts of North Gujarat received rain, 93 talukas received a spell. Tilakwada in Narmada district received the highest rainfall of 72 mm Thursday followed by Idar (66 mm) and Vadali (60 mm) in Sabarkantha and Kheralu in Mehsana that reported 52 mm.Khedbrahma in Sabarkantha and Satlasana in Mehsana received 46 mm and 40 mm rainfall, respectively.Other centres that received rainfall were Posina and Vijaynagar in Sabarkantha, Radhanpur, Harij, Chanasma, Siddhpur and Santalpur in Patan, Nandod in Narmada, Unjha in Mehsana, Bardoli in Surat, Vapi in Valsad, Vadnagar, Becharaji, Kadi, Visnagar in Mehsana, Kankrej, Danta and Bhabhar in Banaskantha, Bharuch, Dahegam in Gandhinagar district and Gandhinagar city, Kaprada in Valsad among others.“Light thunderstorm with lightning and surface wind less than 40 kmph accompanied with light to moderate rain is very likely at isolated places in Banaskantha, Patan, Mehsana, Sabarkantha, Aravalli, Anand, Bharuch, Surat and in Kutch along with light rain very likely at isolated places in Saurashtra districts of Dwarka, Porbandar, Jamnagar and Rajkot,” an IMD bulletin issued on Thursday stated.The weather department has attributed the unseasonal rainfall to trough from the cyclonic circulation associated with the Low Pressure Area (LPA) over Eastcentral Arabian Sea to south Madhya Pradesh across north Maharashtra.

  • Ahmedabad to witness cloudy sky, warmer nights from today
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: The citizens may have felt the nip in the air on Wednesday, but the next few days may witness rise in minimum temperature due to a cyclonic circulation in the Arabian Sea which would give light to moderate rainfall in coastal Gujarat from Thursday. Manorama Mohanty, head of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Gujarat, said that the cyclonic circulation and associated trough along with low-pressure area is currently off the coast of Goa and southern Maharashtra. “In next few days, it’s expected to move west-northwest direction. The system would give light to moderate rains in the coastal regions of Saurashtra and south Gujarat along with some parts of central Gujarat. The north Gujarat and Kutch may not be impacted,” she said. She added that Ahmedabad along with Mehsana, Gandhinagar, Aravalli, Kheda, Anand, Panchmahal, Dahod, Mahisagar, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Botad and Surendranagar. “The minimum temperature may increase for the next three days after which we expect a gradual drop,” she added. The sudden change in weather brought along mixed reactions for people. “I am prone to getting allergic cough and cold with change in weather. I despise the sudden cloud cover. Winter is supposed to be all about soaking in the sun and spending some outdoor time which we otherwise miss out on through the year due to scorching heat or humidity,” said Shalini Shah, a Vejalpur resident. On the other hand, some people really appreciated the nip in the air. “I specially went for a drive in this weather, having taken a break from working from home. Winters have finally begun to set in in Ahmedabad and even though it is chilly and windy during early morning and late evenings, it is a pleasant change. This is the time for gorging on seasonal fresh vegetables and enjoying some hot chocolate over a book,” said Surabhi B, a city-based professional.

Vapi nagarpalika election: 31 new faces in BJP’s list of candidates
Indian Express | 7 months ago
Indian Express
7 months ago

The BJP on Friday declared the list of candidates for the upcoming Vapi nagarpalika election scheduled on November 29, fielding 31 new faces on 44 seats and giving tickets to 13 incumbents.Vapi Nagarpalika in Valsad district has been ruled by BJP for five consecutive terms. In the last term, BJP had 41 elected members while Congress had three.The decision to field new faces was taken at the BJP parliamentary board meeting held in Gandhinagar on Thursday.In the list of candidates, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, the BJP has excluded 31 incumbent members who are 60 years old and above or have contested three terms. Vapi Nagarpalika president Vithal Patel has not been given a ticket this time. However, the party has fielded Vapi taluka general secretary Paresh Desai from ward number 5, while Vapi BJP general secretary Jyoti Dilip Patil will contest from from ward 1.Vapi BJP president Satish Patel said, “This time we have fielded 31 new faces. There might be some discontent among those who are not given tickets, but they are with BJP and they will work for the party.”Six candidates from the Congress, one candidate from AAP and one independent candidate have submitted their candidature form at the election branch office in Vapi on Friday. The BJP candidates will submit their candidature forms on Saturday.AAP state president Gopal Italia said, “We will definitely give a tough fight to the BJP. We will raise civic issues like roads, water, street lights, pollution…”Congress president of Vapi Nimesh Vashi said, “Our candidates will contest from all the seats… One of the main issues we are going to raise during the campaigning is corruption in the Vapi nagarpalika.”

Vapi nagarpalika election: 31 new faces in BJP’s list of candidates
Gujarat: Local BJP leader, wife and aide killed in road accident in Valsad district
Indian Express | 7 months ago
Indian Express
7 months ago

Umargam Nagar Palika elected BJP member Mukesh Dhodi (45), his wife Kalpana Dhodi (40), and their aide Hiten Halpati (27), died in a car accident in Valsad district on Friday morning. The tempo they were in was hit by a speeding tanker, which later hit a luxury bus on national highway No 48 near Bhilad check post.At least 10 passengers in the bus were injured in the accident, and were admitted to Valsad Civil Hospital.The Bhilad police said Dhodi, who runs an orchestra, was returning to his home in Kanadu village in Umargam Taluka with his orchestra team members in a tempo (DL-09B-9346). The tempo had some mechanical faults as a result of which five members of the troupe had pushed the vehicle to a safer place on the first track. Dhodi and his wife Kalpana were seated in the driver’s cabin.A speeding tanker (MH-04-2254), returning from Mumbai to Vapi, hit the tempo and then the luxury bus (GJ-16AV-838).The tempo driver left the vehicle at the spot and fled. Several passersby gathered at the spot and carried out the rescue operation.The Bhilad police also reached the spot after learning about the incident and helped the injured reach the hospital.Several BJP leaders and workers from Umargam and Valsad also reached the spot after learning about the incident.Dhodi, Kalpana and Halpati died on the spot.Bhilad police inspector B H Rathod said, “We have registered an accidental death complaint, as three people died on the spot and 10 others were injured. The deceased include Umargam taluka panchayat elected BJP member Mukesh Dodhi. We are trying to identify the tempo driver who fled.”

Gujarat: Local BJP leader, wife and aide killed in road accident in Valsad district