Gujarat Vapi News

PM Modi holds roadshow in Gujarat’s Vapi, receives grand welcome
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

VALSAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday conducted roadshows in Vapi city in the Valsad district of Gujarat as the BJP ramps up its election campaign to be in power in the state. He received a warm welcome from the local people of Vapi. Scores of people gathered to welcome and cheer for the Prime Minister. PM Modi waved at the excited gathering during the roadshow. Meanwhile, ahead of the Assembly elections, the Prime Minister is expected to participate in at least eight programmes crisscrossing the state from Saurashtra to Surat. The Prime Minister is scheduled to hold rallies in Gujarat's Saurashtra for three consecutive days from November 20 to November 22. More than 1.5 lakh people will participate in these rallies, said the source. The Prime Minister will conduct three rallies in Saurashtra on November 20, two in South Gujarat and Saurashtra on November 21 and two in Saurashtra on November 22. On November 20, after visiting the Somnath Temple, he is scheduled to address four rallies in the Saurashtra region. Venues have been finalised at Veraval, Dhorarji, Amreli and Botad. Incidentally, in the last assembly elections, the BJP was not able to win a single seat in these assembly constituencies in Saurashtra. The BJP won the state polls but wasn't able to breach this bastion that has traditionally voted for Congress. On Day 3, PM Modi will hold three rallies in Surendranagar, Bharuch and Navsari. While Bharuch was the constituency of the former Congress leader Ahmed Patel in the past, the BJP state president CR Patil who hails from Navsari has been winning this Lok Sabha seat with huge margins. Notably, Congress Lok Sabha MP Rahul Gandhi is also expected to visit Navsari on November 21, the same day that PM Modi is expected to be in Navsari. PM Modi, who hails from Gujarat, is also expected to have a closed-door meeting with the state leaders during his stay here to further boost the party in the western state. In Gujarat, the BJP party has been in power for the last 27 years with Narendra Modi being the longest-serving chief minister of the state. This time the party under the leadership of Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and CR Patil is aiming to fetch more than 140 seats. The state has been a BJP stronghold for a long and the party is confident of coming back and forming the government for the seventh term. Out of the 182 assembly seats in the state, 48 are in this region, where polling is to be held in the first phase itself on December 1. In the 2017 assembly elections, the Congress won 28 seats here on the basis of the support it got due to the Patidar movement. Whereas, the number of MLAs in the Bharatiya Janata Party had come down from 30 in 2012 to just 19 here. The state of Gujarat which has 182 assembly constituencies will go for polling in two phases on December 1 and 5. The counting of votes will occur on December 8, which coincides with Himachal Pradesh's result date.

PM Modi holds roadshow in Gujarat’s Vapi, receives grand welcome
  • Gujarat poll results will pave way for Modi as PM in 2024, says Himanta Biswa Sarma
  • Times of India

    SURAT (GUJARAT): Ahead of the Gujarat assembly elections, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now at the peak of its campaigning and Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, one of the party's star campaigners has so far addressed three rallies in the state -- including the industrial town of Surat. While he urged party workers to ensure a massive victory for the party he also put forward to them three very simple but achievable targets. Elaborating on the same the Assam chief minister told ANI, "We need to ensure that there is a win for BJP in Gujarat and that too a massive one because Gujarat has always led the way for the country." So how and why is the Gujarat win in 2022 assembly elections important for the crucial 2024 Lok Sabha elections? "The Gujarat elections will have a massive impact on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. This election result will create an ecosystem, which is very very critical for the general election and thereby vital for us to ensure Narendra Modi returns as the nation's Prime Minister for the third time in a row. It is important for the electorate of Gujarat to vote in huge numbers for BJP," the Assam CM said. During campaigning in Gujarat on Thursday, the Assam CM known who is known to be a fiery orator has been in big demand for campaigning by candidates. Dismissing contestants in the opposition like the Aam Aadmi Party and Congress party, Sarma hit out at Rahul Gandhi for missing out on campaign in poll-bound states. "There is a weird pattern that I have seen in recent that Rahul Gandhi does not campaign for his party. If there is a cricket match in Guwahati you will find Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat. He will be padded and sitting with a bat but will not come on the ground and play, " Himanta said taking a jibe at the Gandhi scion. BJP will top the winning list and the other parties will only be vying for the second and third spot, said Sarma. "The BJP will be the top party in the state it is a battle between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party for the second and third spot. They are no contest to us."After a day of three rallies in the state, the Assam chief minister is expected to return to Gujarat for another leg of campaigning on November 22. In the 2017 Gujarat polls, the BJP was halted at 99 seats out of a total 182 seats. The party has been in power for the last 27 years with Narendra Modi being the longest-serving chief minister of the state. This time, the party under the leadership of PM Modi, Amit Shah and CR Paatil is aiming at getting its highest seat tally exceeding 140. The state has been a BJP stronghold for a long and the party has set its sights on returning to power for the seventh term. The state of Gujarat which has 182 assembly constituencies will go for polling in two phases on December 1 and 5. The counting of votes will occur on December 8, which coincides with Himachal Pradesh's result date.

  • Gujarat polls: PM Modi to hold road show in Vapi on November 19
  • Times of India

    NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior BJP leaders are expected to hold several road shows and public rallies in Gujarat as the party looks to rev up its election campaign to retain power in the state. Modi is likely to hold a road show in Vapi in Gujarat on November 19 and other senior leaders, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, will also spearhead the mass contact programme in different parts of the state, party leaders said. After arriving in his home state on November 19, the prime minister is expected to hold public meetings across the state in the next two days. Shah, who has been frequently camping in the state to give final touches to the party's poll strategy and campaign, may hold over 30 public meetings for the elections scheduled for December 1 and 5, party sources said. Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari will also campaign intensively, they said. The BJP has won assembly polls in the state for six consecutive times since 1995 and is pulling out all the stops to keep its winning streak uninterrupted in the traditionally bipolar poll involving the Congress, which has spiced up this time by the entry of the Aam Aadmi Party.

Rahul’s first rally on Nov 21 in South Gujarat, PM’s visit tomorrow
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

With less than a fortnight left for the phase 1 polling in Gujarat, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is all set to address his first public meeting from South Gujarat near Panchkakda village in Mahuva taluka of Surat district on November 21. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to attend a roadshow in Vapi and address a public meeting in Valsad on November 19, Saturday.AICC Gujarat incharge Raghu Sharma, Praveen Khera, Bharatsinh Solanki and Vansda Congress MLA Anant Patel, among others, were in Navsari to review preparations ahead of Rahul’s public meeting in South Gujarat. Panchkakda borders the Vansda seat of Navsari district.“We have got confirmation from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi about his visit to Gujarat. We are expecting over one lakh people. The tribal community has great respect for the Gandhi family,” said Anant Patel.Congress leader Gaurav Pandya said, “He (Rahul) has been marching for around 2,000 kilometres on foot for the Bharat Jodo Yatra, which no political leader has done so far. He had agreed to spend some time for the public meeting in South Gujarat. We have come to know that since PM Narendra Modi had earlier addressed public meetings at Panchkakda village, there is even a readymade helipad over there. The ground has a capacity for around two lakh people. So, there is no shortage of space.”PM Modi is expected to address a public meeting and a roadshow in Valsad district on Saturday. “PM Modi will reach Daman (Union territory) and after inaugurating a few projects, he will reach Vapi where he will do a roadshow. He will address a public meeting at 7.30 pm at Jujva village in Valsad taluka. We have made arrangements for the public meeting after getting permission from the PMO,”  said Valsad district BJP president Hemant Kansara.

Rahul’s first rally on Nov 21 in South Gujarat, PM’s visit tomorrow
‘Absentee CM’, charges Oppn, but Bhagwant Mann fits the bill for AAP’s Gujarat campaign
The Indian Express | 1 week ago | |
The Indian Express
1 week ago | |

He is the Aam Aadmi Party’s lead star campaigner in Gujarat after Arvind Kejriwal, holding rallies from Ahmedabad to Kutch. For over a month now, every weekend finds Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann in Gujarat.The Opposition in Punjab has dubbed him an “absentee” CM. But AAP, which has few faces with national recognition, is counting on Mann, a comedian-turned-politician who was an indefatigable campaigner for the party in the Punjab elections, regaling audiences as he held up to 10 rallies a day.With its campaign slogan “Ek Moko Kejriwalne (one chance to Kejriwal)”, AAP is also projecting Mann as an extension of the kind of administration a Kejriwal-led party government can provide.Malwinder Singh Kang, AAP’s chief spokesperson in Punjab, said, “For now, Mann is only taking out road shows and addressing meetings on weekends. But after November 20, the party will intensify its campaign in Gujarat.”However, on the ground, it is contentious how successful AAP’s strategy is, as far as Mann goes. Gujarat has a minuscule Sikh population of roughly 50,000, concentrated in Gandhidham, Lakhpat in Kutch, Vadodara and Surat areas, some of which Mann has covered in his campaign. Apart from this, they are scattered across Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad, Jamnagar, Valsad, Navsari and Vapi.As per Jasbir Makhija, the former president of the Gurdwara Gobinddham in Ahmedabad: “The Sikh population in Gujarat is not supporting AAP but the BJP.”At least at some public meetings, audiences struggle to follow his Hindi, with a heavy Punjabi accent.An AAP leader says Mann’s importance for the party is at a deeper level. “After Kejriwal, Mann is akin to a brand ambassador for the party, having delivered in Punjab within six months of coming to power. When Mann goes and tells the electorate that his government has given jobs, announced a return to the Old Pension Scheme (OPS), given 300 units of free power, it resonates. He is also targeting corruption. He is needed in Gujarat.”The leader adds that they believe that irrespective of the “language barrier”, Mann has a gift of connecting with his audience. “He strikes a chord as soon as he speaks… gets a huge applause. Recently, he took on leaders of traditional parties saying he was content being a TV personality and did not want to be a politician, but had to do so to change the system. His video went viral.”Portions of Mann’s speeches are also translated into Gujarati and run on AAP social media handles, especially the ones that counter the BJP directly.AAP has also been highlighting that it picked Mann by a public poll, just like they had done in Gujarat. Isudan Gadhvi was declared AAP’s CM face in Gujarat after the party asked people to send in their preference, and 76% reportedly picked Gadhvi.In his speeches, Mann invokes revolutionary leader and his idol Bhagat Singh, and urges youth to emulate the freedom fighter who died at 23 years, “the age when youngsters are demanding a motorbike from their parents”. During the Navratri festival, he along with Kejriwal attended a garba at Rajkot, where he shook a leg, much like the Punjab campaign.In Nikol and Shahibaug areas of Ahmedabad, where sanitation workers, outsourced employees, ASHA workers and contractual workers were in attendance, Mann spoke about “20,000 government jobs” given in Punjab under him, and the fall in electricity bills to zero for some 69 lakh people.Mann has campaigned in Kutch, Junagadh, Surendranagar, Sabarkantha, Dahod, Vadodara, Valsad, Surat, Panchmahal, Banaskantha, Navsari and Bharuch districts of Gujarat, and after the declaration of the election dates, held his first roadshows in the Muslim-dominated constiuencies of Ahmedabad city, which suffered in the 2002 riots.Incidentally, while Mann would have been more at home in the Himachal Pradesh, which borders Punjab and just finished voting, AAP has used his services more sparingly there, with its campaign focused on Gujarat.The Congress has attacked AAP over using Mann as a star campaigner, and leaving Punjab to bureaucrats and to “the mercy of God”. Calling Mann the “most ineffective CM” of the state, Leader of Opposition Partap Bajwa said law and order in Punjab had “collapsed”, citing murders of kabbadi players Sandeep Singh Nangal Ambian and Dharminder Singh, as well as singer Sidhu Moosewala.“The people of Punjab are reeling under a constant sense of insecurity because of rising crimes and gangsterism… This isn’t the kind of badlav (change) the people wanted when they chose the AAP government,” Bajwa added.With inputs from Ritu Sharma

‘Absentee CM’, charges Oppn, but Bhagwant Mann fits the bill for AAP’s Gujarat campaign
Chinese curbs may hit Gujarat pigment makers
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Pigment manufacturers fear that they will lose about 50% of their exports to China, due to the anti-dumping duty, ranging from 15% to 82%, imposed by Beijing on phthalocyanine pigments exports from India, with most of these companies being based in Gujarat. Industry experts say these companies got revenues of around Rs 3,200 crore from China, but this number will now halve. However, quality-conscious buyers will continue to use Indian products, the experts said. Chemexcil chairman S G Mokashi said, "China has imposed an anti-dumping duty on phthalocyanine pigments ranging from 15% to 82%. This will hurt our companies and exports will fall by 50%. Gujarat-based industry associations have raised the issue with the government and we are also taking the matter to the commerce ministry." Natu Patel, MD of Meghmani Organics, said, "It will definitely hurt pigment manufacturers of the state. India always had an advantage over China in reactive dyes and pigments because of our availability of resources, research and development, expertise and also the final application of pigments is better in our products. Our products were cheaper than China's and we were able to export to that market in good quantities. Now, with China imposing the duty exports will reduce by 50%. However, our quality is better and quality-conscious buyers in China will continue to use our pigments." He added that the duty will cost his company about Rs 50 crore of exports to China. According to industry players, the Chinese duty will hurt MSMEs more. Bhupendra Patel, chairman of Chemexcil Gujarat region said, "China has imposed up to 82% duty on MSME companies. They will be unable to compete and their exports to China will nearly stop completely. Around 100 MSMEs located in Vapi, Ankleshwar and Vatva will be affected by the Chinese duty." Big manufacturers have joined hands to challenge the Chinese government legally. Gokul Jaykrushna, MD of Asahi Songwon said, "China was considering this duty for more than six months and Indian manufacturers of phthalocyanine pigments came together to challenge it. The average duty is around 17.5% for large corporates while it is as high as 80% for others. We are going to challenge this duty in Chinese courts and our argument will be that this duty is unfair." Those who are not exporting to China are also worried as the Chinese duty will intensify competition among Indian companies for other export markets.

Chinese curbs may hit Gujarat pigment makers
Man suffers burns after ‘fire haircut’ goes wrong at salon in Gujarat
The Indian Express | 4 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
4 weeks ago | |

An 18-year-old man suffered severe burn injuries after his “fire haircut” went wrong at a salon in Vapi town of Gujarat’s Valsad district, police said on Thursday.The fire haircut, which has gained popularity of late, is a process in which a hairdresser uses fire on the customer’s hair to set it in style.A video clip of the Vapi incident, which took place on Wednesday, surfaced on social media in which the fire set on the victim’s hair as part of the process was seen going out of control.The victim received burn injuries on his neck and chest and was taken to a hospital in Vapi from where he was referred to the Civil Hospital in Valsad, a Vapi town police station official said.The victim, resident of Bhadakmora area in Vapi, had gone to get the “fire haircut’ at the salon in Sulpad area, police said.Investigating officer Karamsinh Makwana said a process was underway to take the statements of the victim and the hairdresser.“We are trying to get the statement of the victim. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital in Valsad. We have learnt that from there he was taken to a hospital in Surat,” Makwana said.As per primary information, the victim’s upper body parts suffered severe burns after of some kind of a chemical was applied on his head for the haircut, police officials said.An investigation was on to ascertain which chemical was used for the ‘fire haircut’, they said.📣 For more lifestyle news, follow us on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook and don’t miss out on the latest updates!

Man suffers burns after ‘fire haircut’ goes wrong at salon in Gujarat
  • "Fire Haircut" Attempt Goes Wrong, Gujarat Man Suffers Serious Burns
  • Ndtv

    An man suffered severe burn injuries after his "fire haircut" went horribly wrong. (Representational)Valsad, Gujarat: An 18-year-old man suffered severe burn injuries after his "fire haircut" went horribly wrong at a salon in Vapi town of Gujarat's Valsad district, police said today.The 'fire haircut', which has gained popularity in recent years, is a process in which a barber or hairdresser uses fire on the customer's hair to set it in style.The incident took place on Wednesday in which the fire set on the man's hair as part of the process went out of control.The man got severe burn injuries on his neck and chest and was taken to a hospital immediately. He was then referred to the Civil Hospital in Valsad, a Vapi town police station official said.Investigating officer Karamsinh Makwana said efforts are being made to take the statements of the 18-year-old victim as well as the barber."We are trying to get the statement of the victim. He was admitted to the Civil Hospital in Valsad. We have learnt that from there he was taken to a hospital in Surat," Mr Makwana said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comAs per primary information, the police said the man's upper body suffered severe burns after of some kind of a chemical was applied on his head for the 'fire haircut'.An investigation is on to find out which chemical was used for the 'fire haircut', they added. 

Gujarat CM kickstarts Garib Kalyan Mela, hands over rickshaws, bicycles
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

Autorickshaws, a Maruti Eeco car, sewing machines, and bicycles, were among the host of kits handed out at the Garib Kalyan Mela’s 13th edition held at various places in the state on Thursday, kickstarted by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel from Godhra in Panchamahal district. Patel handed out cheques and kits under various schemes to beneficiaries such as embroidery, tailoring, animal rearing as well as a car to one beneficiary under the Shree Vajpayee Bankable Yojana.Speaking at the event, Patel, said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat, made every attempt to eradicate poverty, reach out to the last standing person to bring them into the mainstream. He has started the politics of development in all fields… We are tasting the fruits of his hard work after 20 years — roads, water, education, industrialization… The foundation was laid during his tenure as CM. We are only taking it forward.”Patel also announced that the permission to fill the reservoir with waters of the Panam dam had been granted, to enable irrigation for farmers. He said that while in the earlier years, only the stretch of Vadodara to Vapi was known as a “traders’ hub”, now infrastructure has turned the entire state of Gujarat into a traders’ hub. Patel said, “Earlier, only from Vadodara to Vapi, you would find traders. Today, you can go in any direction and you’ll see business everywhere because infrastructure has reached everywhere. There are roads in villages, 24 hours electricity supply, and health facilities. No other state has done as much work as Gujarat for the poor… When I went abroad, I heard that all people wanted to come to India and one destination they wanted to visit was Gujarat. From roughly 2.5 lakh businesses, today Gujarat has 16 lakh businesses.Patel distributed the certificates to beneficiaries under the Van Bandhu Kalyan Yojana, cycles under education schemes, financial assistance for various businesses as well as kits for tailoring and embroidery work, and an Eeco car to a beneficiary under the Shree Vajpayee Bankable Yojana. In Rajkot, Mayor Mayor Pradip Dav, in a veiled attack on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), said that those distributing guarantee cards cannot be trusted. Addressing beneficiaries at the Garib Kalyan Mela (GKM) organised by the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) in Atal Bihari Vajyapee Auditorium in the city, Dav said that Gujarat is the state where the poor are improving their lives, children of tribals are getting education, where people get employment, the state which provides best education and where solar power sector and industry are flourishing and where there is peace and safety.“Some people are coming and giving you guarantee cards. But are you giving the guarantee of security of our state? Will you give guarantee of giving the maximum employment to our youth? No, you won’t,” Dav said while apparently hinting at the AAP’s guarantee cards promising free electricity, unemployment allowance and monthly allowances to women ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections.At the GKM, Minister of State for Transport, Arvind Raiyani, Dav and other dignitaries formally handed over keys of autorickshaws to three beneficiaries. Ravi Bhojani (30), who formally got the keys of his autorickshaw, works as a school bus driver. “I get a monthly salary of Rs11,500 which is not sufficient to run my family. Therefore, I thought of driving autorickshaw in the afternoon. My application for loan was processed within three months and I got my autorickshaw on October 4,” Bhojani, son of a sanitation worker of the RMC, said.In Gandhinagar, State Health Minister Rushikesh Patel distributed the benefits worth Rs 1.61 crore to 1,055 people Friday as part of Garib Kalyan Mela.The benefits handed out to eligible beneficiaries included ration cards, health insurance cards under Mukhyamantri Amrutam Yojana popularly known as MA Cards, loan assistance for animal husbandry, various kits for farmers like tarpaulin sheets & pesticides sprayers, kits for bore operators, financial assistance to self help groups of women, sewing machines to women and bicycles.The beneficiaries were also given financial assistance under various government schemes including Kunvarbai nu Mameru (Rs 12,000 for marriage of a woman from the Scheduled Caste community) and Rs 2.5 lakh for inter-caste marriage. “Garib Kalyan Mela have eliminated middlemen. Benefits of various government schemes are reaching directly to actual needy beneficiaries,” Patel said.

Gujarat CM kickstarts Garib Kalyan Mela, hands over rickshaws, bicycles
NHAI chief asks Gujarat officials to fix potholes on NH-48 in 10 days
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

National Highways Authority of India Chairperson Alka Upadhyay Monday asked the officials of Gujarat to complete the repair work of the pothole-riddled National Highway 48 connecting Mumbai and Ahmedabad in 10 days. The NHAI chairperson reached the Bharuch in the poll-bound state Sunday traveling via NH-48 from Daishar in Mumbai.She was accompanied by project manager R K Pandey, regional officer N N Giri, official of Project Implementation Unit, Bharuch, Suraj Kumar Singh.The National Highway 48 was riddled with potholes due to the heavy downpour in south Gujarat, affecting the traffic and causing sevaral accidents. Former head of Tata Sons Cyrus Pallonji Mistry (54), was killed in a road accident on NH-48 near Charoti Naka bridge in Maharashtra this month.Sources said that Upadhyay was unhappy with the progress of the work to fix potholes on highway in the Gujarat section and instructed the officials the get the work done in 10 days.Over 90 per cent work of repairing potholes in Mumbai region on NH-48 is finished while in the Gujarat region the work is still in progress, said an official of NHAI, on condition of anonymity.PIU official Suraj Kumar Singh said, “We have started fixing the potholes but some areas in Valsad continue to receive rainfall affecting our work. We have repaired 50 per cent of potholes on the highway stretch between Bhilad to Bharuch, and in next five days if there is no rainfall in Valsad and Vapi our work will get completed. In other areas, the work is still in progress. We have instructed the contractor to increase the resources to finish the work done at the earliest.”

NHAI chief asks Gujarat officials to fix potholes on NH-48 in 10 days
Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara added to list of Critically Polluted Areas in Gujarat
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Three new cities — Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara — have been added to the list of Critically Polluted Areas (CPA) in Gujarat while Odhav, Naroda (in Ahmedabad), Bhavnagar and Junagadh have been removed from the list, stated the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in a report tabled in the Gujarat Assembly, Thursday.“Based on Comprehensive Environment Pollution Index (CEPI), the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had declared (January 2010) six major industrial areas of Gujarat — Vapi, Ankleshwar, Vatva, Ahmedabad (Odhav and Naroda), Bhavnagar and Junagadh — as CPA and imposed moratorium on setting up industries and expansion of existing industries in these areas,” stated the report titled “Performance Audit of Air Pollution Control by Government of Gujarat”.“As per latest CEPI score submitted (July 2019) by Central Pollution Control Board to National Green Tribunal, three new cities Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot have been added to CPA list, while Odhav, Naroda, Bhavnagar and Junagadh were removed from the list,” it added.The audit watchdog stated that CEPI scores of Vadodara was highest in state, followed by Surat. Rajkot turned critically polluted from being a severely polluted area in 2009.Based on Remedial Action Plans proposed by the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), approved by CPCB in September 2010 for the abatement of pollution in these CPAs, the ministry lifted the moratorium from Vapi (October 2010), Bhavnagar (February 2011), Junagadh (March 2011) and Ahmedabad (September 2013).The moratorium was reimposed in Vapi in September 2013 due to poor CEPI scores. The ministry finally lifted the moratorium on Vapi, Ankleshwar and Vatva in November 2016 based on re-assessed CEPI scores.The report stated that the GPCB was yet to comply with the 2016 directions of CPCB for installation of at least two Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations in each CPA.The CAG also rapped GPCB for not developing a system for period review of health impact assessment in critically polluted areas. The audit pointed out that 15 hospitals in industrial areas of Ahmedabad, Vapi and Ankleshwar reported 80,443 patients with asthma, bronchitis and acute respiratory infections between 2012-2017.“An increasing number of patients during this period depicts severity of the impact of air pollution on health,” the report stated.While the Gujarat government claimed that health impact assessment in CPAs were done by industries associations, the auditor stated, “Such studies were to be conducted by the GPCB through recognised health institutions once in 4-5 years…”The report also pointed out that under the National Clean Air Programme launched in January 2019, MoEF&CC had identified 102 cities as “non-attainment” cities that failed to meet the prescribed standards of air pollution.“Ahmedabad and Surat were among the non-attainment cities in Gujarat,” CAG stated adding that industries, vehicles, domestic fuel, construction and road dust were prominent sources of emission in these two cities.

Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara added to list of Critically Polluted Areas in Gujarat
Cyrus Mistry car crash: Anahita Pandole operated for pelvic reconstruction, husband Darius stable
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Renowned gynaecologist Dr Anahita Pandole was operated on Thursday for pelvic reconstruction at Mumbai’s Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital, after she and her husband Darius Pandole were grievously injured in a car crash on September 4 that killed former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry and KPMG’s Jehangir Pandole.Meanwhile, Darius Pandole is stable and under observation.Dr Tarang Gianchandani, CEO, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital said Anahita was operated on by a team of experts, and a opinions were also taken from doctors from USA, UK, Europe and more. “Our team that conducted the surgery includes D. Vaibhav Bagaria, Director, Department of Orthopaedics, Dr Dilip Tanna, Mentor Orthopedics, Dr Darius Soonawala, Consultant Orthopedics and senior anesthetist Dr. Daisy along with trained nurses and technicians,” said Dr Gianchandani.Additionally, Dr Peter V Giannoudis, chairman with Academic Department of Trauma & Orthopedics Surgery at University of Leeds, UK, has been flown in to Mumbai for providing the team with expert advice.Gianchandani further said, “With team of 20 plus multi-disciplinary experts, we have been monitoring the condition of Dr Anahita closely for the last 11 days before planning any surgical intervention. Pelvic surgery was concluded today morning with precise techniques, clinical skills and modern technologies. This will enable to achieve the recovery of the injuries caused post the traumatic accident.”Anahita and Darius have been admitted in the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital after being shifted from Rainbow Hospital in Gujarat’s Vapi through a green corridor on September 5. National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) project director Suraj Singh had told The Indian Express that the accident on NH-48, which injured the Pandoles and claimed the lives of Mistry and Jehangir, occurred as the doctor could not manoeuvre a turn on the highway.

Cyrus Mistry car crash: Anahita Pandole operated for pelvic reconstruction, husband Darius stable
After 3 years, July pips August as Gujarat’s wettest month
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Of the 871mm of rainfall Gujarat received this season, 61% came in July. In percentage term, only in 2018 was the July share higher, 62%, of rainfall till September 8. Experts said it is after three years that July accounted for the most rainfall rather than August, which is usually the wettest month in the state. Experts pointed to the steady increase of rainfall in Saurashtra and Kutch. "Earlier these regions would have scanty rain compared to South and Central Gujarat. Historically, North Gujarat has also remained dry. This year, Kutch has got the most rainfall of all the regions, followed by South Gujarat and North Gujarat. Saurashtra has received 90% of its seasonal rainfall so far," said a Met department official. South Gujarat and coastal Saurashtra will receive rain from the new system active over the region. The rainy spell is likely to continue this week with heavy rain in Dang, Navsari, Valsad, Tapi, Amreli, Gir Somnath, Bhavnagar, Bharuch, and Surat, as monsoon clouds travel north-westwards. Other parts of Gujarat are also likely to receive light to moderate rain. On Thursday, Umargam in Valsad got 58mm of rain, followed by 57mm in Gandevi, Navsari; 45mm in Vapi, Valsad. In all, 65 talukas got more than 1mm of rain till 8pm. In Central Gujarat, Ahmedabad, Anand, Kheda and Vadodara districts also got rain. This year's rain so far has been the second highest in five years, with 110.5% of the long-term average, surpassed only by 116% in 2020. Of the four major cities, only Ahmedabad has got 100% of its annual rain so far.

After 3 years, July pips August as Gujarat’s wettest month
MLA writes to Maharashtra minister for a well-equipped hospital on Maharashtra- Ahmedabad national highway
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Following the death of entrepreneur and former Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry in a car crash on Mumbai-Ahmedabad national highway in Maharashtra’s Palghar district four days ago, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) president and Vasai MLA Hitendra Thakur wrote to Maharashtra Health Minister Dr Tanaji Sawant Wednesday requesting the government to set up a 200-bed hospital with state-of-the-art facilities in Palghar.Thakur, who was also accompanied by Nallasopara MLA Kshitij Thakur and Boisar MLA Rajesh Patil, also gave a copy of the letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde during his visit to his official residence Wednesday.Cyrus Mistry’s car accident on Sunday at Kasa has brought to fore many issues, including the dearth of adequate healthcare facilities on national highways and overall road infrastructure and design.“There is no hospital near the highway within the 30-km stretch of Vasai taluka on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. If an accident occurs on such a long highway, it is often difficult to provide immediate medical help. This was also noticed during Mistry’s accident,” Thakur said in the letter.When the accident occurred at Palghar, about 100 kilometres from Mumbai, renowned gynaecologist Dr Anahita Pandole and her husband who were also travelling with Mistry from Ahmedabad had to be rushed to a multi-specialty hospital almost 100 kilometres away at Vapi in Gujarat.Thakur had earlier brought to the attention of the administration regarding the lack of hospitals along the stretch. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway passes through the tribal talukas of Talasari, Vikramgad, Wada, Jawhar, Mokhada and Dahanu where there are no proper healthcare facilities.The absence of a proper super-specialty hospital or trauma care centre within the 30-km stretch of Vasai taluka near Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway has left the public with no other option but to take the accident victims to Mumbai that require a journey of more than an hour, and many patients lose their lives in the transit.

MLA writes to Maharashtra minister for a well-equipped hospital on Maharashtra- Ahmedabad national highway
Cyrus Mistry car accident: Condition of Dr Anahita Pandole has improved, says hospital official
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Dr Anahita Pandole, who is currently undergoing treatment at Sir H N Reliance Hospital in Mumbai after she was severely injured in a road accident, has made improvements and doctors will decide the next steps once she is off external support systems, said an official Tuesday.The official at the hospital said the doctors treating Anahita Pandole, a gynaecologist, are planning to reduce medication and oxygen support to check her self-sustainability. After which, considering her health parameters, they would decide if Dr Pandole can undergo the required surgery on her hip and pelvic regions.Both Dr Pandole and her husband Darius Pandole are on external support systems and the doctors have been able to stabilise their blood pressure and breathing issues.Dr Pandole sustained multiple fractures, including in her rib and shoulder bone, in the road accident which killed former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry and Jehangir Pandole, Director at KPMG Global Strategy Group, on Sunday afternoon.“But her femur bone in the thigh has been completely crushed. She might have to undergo hip replacement surgery. However, we are yet to decide on it,” said an official from the hospital.The doctors said they won’t be able to gauge whether her condition is stable until Dr Pandole, who has sustained pneumothorax (collapsed lungs), recovers on her own without depending on the external support system. “Once we reduce the medications, we have to see how her body reacts to it. We will have to keep an eye if her vitals stabilise without the oxygen support and medicines,” said the official.“The condition of Darius is better than Dr Pandole,” the official added.Dr Anahita Pandole and her husband were shifted to Sir H N Reliance Hospital from the Rainbow Hospital in Gujarat’s Vapi in ambulances through a green corridor on Monday morning. A team of 20 doctors and multi-disciplinary experts has been formed for the treatment of the two patients.

Cyrus Mistry car accident: Condition of Dr Anahita Pandole has improved, says hospital official
  • Cyrus Mistry car crash: Anahita Pandole, husband shifted to Mumbai hospital by road
  • The Indian Express

    Gynaecologist Anahita Pandole and her husband Darius Pandole, who were injured in the car accident that killed former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry, were shifted from Rainbow Hospital in Gujarat’s Vapi to H N Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai in ambulances through a green corridor Monday morning.The Pandoles were taken to the Rainbow Hospital soon after the accident at Palghar Sunday afternoon that led to the death of Mistry and Jehangir Pandole, director at KPMG Global Strategy Group.The staff of H N Reliance Hospital and the traffic police of Valsad, Palghar, Mira Bhayandar, and Mumbai created the green corridor. The ambulances started from Vapi around 6 am and reached the hospital in Mumbai around 9 am, said sources.Dr Tejas Shah, who owns the Rainbow Hospital, 50 km away from the accident site, said: “When Dr Anahita was brought to our hospital, her blood pressure was not recordable and her oxygen saturation level was between 45 to 65 (it should be from 97 to 99). She had pelvic injuries and there was a loss of blood from the pelvic region. There was blood in her chest. We could not take her for CT scans either. We stabilised her in the ICU. After two hours, they started responding.’’Dr Shah said an aircraft was kept ready for them to be shifted to Mumbai but they decided against airlifting. “I refused permission as Dr Pandole had lung injuries.”The hospital is located 15 km away from the Daman airport but taking them by fixed-wing aircraft from Daman to Juhu airport or the Chhatrapati Shivaji airport in Mumbai was also a risk.At around 9 pm Sunday, they started responding to commands. “I asked them kem cho (how are you doing) in Gujarati and they responded. They were critical but became more stable by midnight. Two cardiac ambulances with intensivists also came to our hospital after midnight and the process of creating a green corridor started. We informed the local police at Valsad to create a green corridor and they help us shift patients in many cases,” said Dr Shah.Palghar Superintendent of Police Balasaheb Patil told The Indian Express, “We had given a pilot vehicle which was leading the convoy and there were escorts too. All leading junctions were closed and heavy vehicles were asked to move on one side.’’Mumbai’s Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Mahesh Patil said, “We created a green corridor in Mumbai too and they were brought to H N Reliance Foundation Hospital via Sealink and Pedder Road.’’Police sources said that Darius was shifted to the ICU and Anahita was shifted for some procedure.“After the accident yesterday, through the day, the clinical team of HN Reliance Foundation Hospital doctors were in touch with the hospital in Vapi, and a team of 10 doctors and paramedics reached Vapi last night to help stabilise both the patients. Although aircraft and choppers were ready to airlift the patients, the clinical team felt it was best to bring Dr Anahita Pandole and her husband Darius Pandole by road in an ambulance. They reached HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in the early hours today morning – journey was uneventful. Our clinical team of twenty multi-disciplinary doctors are evaluating them currently and shall be looking after them,” said Dr Tarang Gianchandani, CEO, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital.When the accident happened, Anahita was driving the car while Darius was in the front passenger seat. Jehangir was sitting along with Mistry at the back.(With inputs from Rupsa Chakravorty)

Mumbai: 2 held from Vapi after 10-hour operation for threat calls to hotel
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

MUMBAI: Two youths were arrested from Vapi on Wednesday after a 10-hour operation including searching of hundreds of houses in the Gujarat city for making threat calls to a five-star hotel in Andheri near the international airport. Yeshu Singh, a 20-year-old college student, and Vikram Singh, 25, a labourer in a private company, who now stay in Vapi claimed that they wanted to make money quickly to help their struggling families in Bihar. On Monday, they had made two calls from cell phones between 5.30pm and 6.02pm to the hotel, saying five bombs had been planted on its premises and demanded Rs 5 crore to provide details on locating and defusing them. It was the fourth threat call to a Mumbai establishment in a little over two weeks. After the hotel's chief manager filed a complaint, Sahar police tracked one of the numbers to Vapi and approached Valsad cops. In a joint operation, they first tracked Vikram, who led them to Yeshu. "Yeshu is a junior college student and has a small franchise of a mobile service provider. Around 50 non-active SIMs were recovered from him. Seven low-end mobile handsets and seven SIMs were also recovered from the two. They have confessed to making the threat calls. They visited Mumbai on Monday, did a recce of the hotel and made the calls while on their way back to Vapi," said a police officer who was part of the joint operation at Vapi-Valsad. After making the calls, they had destroyed the two mobiles and SIM cards to avoid being tracked. The duo has been booked for endangering life, extortion, and criminal intimidation will be produced before the Andheri court on Thursday. Cops are checking if they have committed any similar crime in the past. The miscreants had got the hotel number on the internet. They hatched the plan during a casual meeting on Saturday. Vikram, who had helped in a Bollywood film set in 2019 with his brother, an employee with an Andheri studio, had visited the hotel. A Sahar police team of senior inspector Sanjay Govilkar, assistant inspector Swapnil Badane, and sub-inspectors Sushant Bawachkar, Sunil Yetam, and Sanjay Kalhatkar, supervised by DCP (zone VIII) D S Swamy, got in touch with Valsad superintendent of police Rajdeepsinh Jhala, who directed their special operations group sub-inspector L G Rathod and the local Dungra police in Vapi to join the investigation. With technical surveillance inputs, a search operation began at around 5pm in Vapi on Tuesday and lasted till 3am on Wednesday.

Mumbai: 2 held from Vapi after 10-hour operation for threat calls to hotel
  • Two Arrested From Gujarat For Threatening To Blow Up Mumbai Hotel
  • Ndtv

    Mumbai: The Mumbai police on Wednesday arrested two persons from Vapi in Gujarat's Valsad district for allegedly threatening to blow up a five-star hotel in the Maharashtra capital, an official said.A person had called the reception of 'The Lalit' luxury hotel, located in Mumbai suburb of Andheri, and threatened to blow up the property using bombs if its management did not pay him Rs five crore, the official said.After the threat call on Monday, the hotel was checked and its staffers later approached the Sahar police in Mumbai who registered an FIR (first information report) against the then-unidentified caller. Multiple teams were formed to nab the caller, a Mumbai police official earlier said.According to the Sahar police station official, the arrested accused were identified as Vikram Singh and Ishu Singh, residents of Valsad and Vapi, respectively.Vikram Singh made the threat call from his mobile phone using a SIM card provided by Yeshu Singh, he said, adding the police have recovered the mobile phone.Probe revealed Vikram Singh earlier worked as a spot boy in the Hindi film industry and was once deployed at the hotel for some work, the official said.During his stint at the hotel, he saw the property inside out and later decided to make an extortion call to the establishment, he said.Vikram Singh got the hotel's phone number after an online search and made the threat call on Monday evening, said the official.During the call, Vikram Singh had claimed bombs had been planted at four locations in the hotel and if its management paid him Rs 5 crore, he will defused them, the official said.Following a complaint from hotel staffers, an FIR was registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 385 (putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion) and 507 (criminal Intimidation by an anonymous communication), against the then-unidentified caller. After the arrest of the duo, IPC section 120B (criminal conspiracy) will be added in the FIR, he said.The officer from the Sahar police station said both the accused belong to poor families and committed the act to earn quick money."We traced them after tracking their mobile number locations. The two are being brought to Mumbai, where they will be produced before a court for remand," he added.The Special Operations Group of the Valsad police helped the Mumbai cops in nabbing the duo, Valsad SOG sub-inspector L G Rathod said earlier in the day.Both of them were nabbed from Vapi town, he said."Both of them are originally from Bihar and were doing odd jobs in Vapi. To make quick money, they came up with the idea of threatening a hotel by claiming that they will blow it using a bomb," Rathod said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"The duo had asked the hotel manager to come to Surat with the money. After getting a complaint from the hotel, a Mumbai Police team came to Vapi and detained both the accused with our help," Rathod said.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

  • Two detained from Gujarat in case of bomb threat call to Mumbai hotel
  • Times of India

    VALSAD: The Mumbai Police on Wednesday detained two persons from Gujarat's Valsad district for allegedly threatening to blow up The Lalit five-star hotel in the Maharashtra capital, an official said. After the threat call on Monday, the hotel located in Mumbai's Andheri area was checked. Its staffers had later approached the Sahar police who registered an FIR against the then unidentified caller. Multiple teams were formed to nab the caller, a Mumbai police official earlier said. The Special Operations Group of Valsad police helped the Mumbai Police in catching the two culprits, Valsad SOG sub-inspector L G Rathod said. Both of them were nabbed from Vapi town in Valsad at around 3am on Wednesday, he said. They have been identified as Vikram Singh and his friend Yeshu Singh, both natives of Bihar and currently living in Vapi, the official said. "Both of them are from Bihar and were doing odd jobs in Vapi. To make quick money, they came up with the idea of threatening a hotel by claiming that they will blow it using a bomb. Yeshu then searched online using his SIM card and called the landline number of The Lalit in Mumbai," he said. They first spoke to the receptionist and told her they will blow up the hotel. Later, they spoke to the manager and demanded Rs five crore from the management to save the hotel, the official said. "The duo had asked the manager to come to Surat with the money. After getting a complaint from the hotel, a Mumbai Police team came to Vapi and detained both the accused with our help," Rathod said. The police took the two persons to Mumbai for further legal process as the FIR has been registered at the Sahar police station there, he added.

  • Two held from Gujarat for bomb threat at Mumbai five-star hotel
  • The Indian Express

    The Mumbai police on Wednesday arrested two men from Gujarat’s Valsad for allegedly making a bomb threat and an extortion call to a prominent five-star hotel in the western suburbs of Mumbai on Monday evening.The duo called the hotel and said that bombs were placed at four places in the building and asked for Rs 5 crore to defuse them, a police official said.“We have arrested two people and we will produce them before a magistrate court today,” Sanjay Govilkar, senior inspector at Sahar police station, said.A first information report (FIR) was registered at Sahar police station as the hotel falls under its jurisdiction. The FIR was registered under sections 336 (act endangering human life or personal safety) and 507 (criminal intimidation by anonymous communication) of the Indian Penal Code.Earlier, a police official had said that it appeared to be a hoax call. Nevertheless, the police carried out a search at the hotel and said that nothing suspicious was found.The threat call came days after another threat message was received by the Mumbai Police on its WhatsApp number warning of a 26/11-type terror attack in the city. No arrests have been made in that case as yet.

Gujarat high court notice over village’s objection to Vapi dumping site
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court on Wednesday issued a notice to authorities over a PIL filed by Chandor gram panchayat in Valsad district. The petitioners are protesting the creation of a second solid waste dumpsite for the Vapi municipality. The village is sandwiched between Damanganga river and the industrial township of Vapi, which is considered one of the most polluted areas in the state. Presenting the case before the court, petitioner’s counsel R R Marshal said that the village in Pardi taluka comprises of tribal and scheduled caste population. The municipality has planned a second dumping site here, and had issued a notification for land acquisition last year. The village is already facing problems because of the first dumping site, which is adjacent to the village. The senior advocate submitted that the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) has issued a notice to Vapi municipality for not managing the existing dumping site properly, and the villagers of Chandor are at the receiving end due to the negligence of solid waste management rules by the municipality. It was argued that if Vapi town wants to have another dump site, it may create one on its own land and not near Chandor village.

Gujarat high court notice over village’s objection to Vapi dumping site
  • Gujarat: Supreme Court notice over Pratap Vilas Palace work in Vadodara
  • Times of India

    VADODARA: The battle to save the 107-year-old Pratap Vilas Palace in Vadodara has reached the Supreme Court. A two-judge bench of the apex court has issued a notice to the Union government, Railway Vikas Nigam Ltd, National Academy of Indian Railways and Gujarat government and asked them all to file a reply before September 29. Vadodara-based Heritage trust had approached the SC last year to stop construction of a new building in the Pratap Vilas Palace compound. The move came after the Gujarat high court dismissed the trust's PIL in June last year. "The government and railways have to file a reply. The matter will be heard on September 29 during which the court will take further decision on the merits of the case," said advocate Jaydeep Verma, joint secretary, Heritage Trust. "Citizens of Vadodara are keenly watching the developments in this matter as the Pratap Vilas Palace is one of the prides of the city and it would be very sad if the palace and its precincts are not preserved as envisaged by the royal Gaekwads," Verma told TOI. The battle to save Pratap Vilas Palace that is owned by the Indian railways began two years ago when the railway authorities took a decision to construct a four-storey building on the lawns right opposite the palace two years ago. The royal Gaekwad family, environmentalists, heritage conservationists and common citizens started an online petition to oppose the project wherein they argued that constructing a four-storey building next to the palace will ruin its aesthetics. Vadodara BJP MP Ranjan Bhatt too had raised the issue in the Parliament in September 2020. Heritage Trust then filed a PIL in Gujarat high court objecting to any new construction in the palace premises on Lalbaug Road. The railways then decided to shift the location of the building and proposed the new site that was 321 feet away from the palace. The Heritage Trust, however, opposed the new site too, arguing that the ecology in the campus will be damaged. The railways are planning to house the National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI) in the new building.

Demand at rock-bottom for dyes, intermediates
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

Ahmedabad: The c sector in Gujarat is going through one of its toughest periods ever, as dyes and intermediates factories are staring at low demand and Chinese dumping. In Ahmedabad, more than 100 factories, mostly producing intermediates, have been closed for about a month and other chemicals clusters are also witnessing the same situation. The units that are operational, are running at around 50% capacity.Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice-president Yogesh Parikh said, “Dyes and intermediate chemical manufacturers are facing very tough times due to low demand and Chinese competition. In Ahmedabad, all MPDSA, vinyl sulphone H-Acid manufacturing units are closed. In Vatva and Naroda, more than 100 chemicals units are closed because there are no orders. Other units are also running at very low capacity.”Parikh is also vice-chairman of The Green Environment Services Co Op Society and said that the CETP is receiving around 15 MLD of effluent only against it capacity of 22 MLD and the spray dryers work only once every two or three days, showing that chemicals units of the cluster do not have enough work.Gujarat Dyestuff Manufacturers Association (GDMA) president Haresh Bhuta said he has not seen such low demand in his 42 years in the chemicals sector. “There is no demand for dyes and if we talk about intermediates, the situation is worse. We see a drastic reduction in the inlet effluent at the CETP and it clearly indicates that all the units are struggling to survive. Intermediates units are unable to compete with China and dyes units do not have orders.”Alkesh Trivedi, an MPDSA manufacturer said, “Our manufacturing plant is shut because Chinese products are available at much lower rates than our manufacturing cost. Low demand and high input costs have made it difficult for MSME players to sustain business.”Past president of Vapi Industries Association Prakash Bhadra said, “There are no export orders with raw material prices very high and many large local companies are working in a cartel so it hurts small players. Our freight rates are very high compared to China, and it is affecting exports. Vapi has some 600 dyes and intermediates units and most of them are working at 40% capacity.”Dyes and intermediates units in Gujarat do not have exports orders. Bhupendra Patel, chairman of Gujarat region of CHEMEXCIL said, “Demand for dyes is very low across the world. Chemicals manufacturers are unable to raise prices of finished products in the line with raw material prices and this is the main reason why many units are almost closed and others are operating at very low capacity.”

Demand at rock-bottom for dyes, intermediates
Jewellery shop in Vapi robbed after thieves cut hole in wall, steal ornaments worth Rs 65.94 lakh
The Indian Express | 4 months ago | |
The Indian Express
4 months ago | |

A jewellery showroom in Gujarat’s Vapi was robbed on Thursday night after thieves entered by cutting a hole into a wall and escaped with gold ornaments worth Rs 65.94 lakh, police said, adding that it was a planned robbery as the thieves had allegedly rented a shop that shared a wall with the showroom.According to the police, Piyush Jain, a jeweller who owns Pushyam jewellery showroom on Vapi Main Road near Hotel Embassy, was shocked to see that his shop had been robbed when he opened it on Friday morning. All the jewellery items that were on display were missing and there was a hole in the wall towards the back of the shop.After Jain lodged a complaint saying that gold jewellery worth Rs 65.94 lakh was missing, the Vapi police reached the spot along with sniffer dogs and forensic science laboratory officials.Valsad district Superintendent of Police Dr Rajdeepsinh Jhala explained that two shops were separated by a single wall of 25 inches. While the jewellery shop faced Vapi Main Road, a mattress shop faced a narrow street towards the back. “The mattress shop owner, Bashir Loma, had given his shop on rent to one Mohammed Islam a month ago. Islam paid a deposit of Rs 20,000 and monthly rent of Rs 6,000,” Jhala told The Indian Express.He added that three people worked in the mattress shop “but their real intention was to make a hole and enter the jewellery shop to commit theft”. According to Jhala, the accused conducted a recce of the jewellery shop before taking the mattress shop on rent. “We suspect that they took around a week to make a hole in the common wall, which they did only during the night. On Thursday night, they entered the jewellery shop through the hole. They tried to break the safe vault with a gas cutter but failed,” Jhala said.He added that the thieves disconnected the wires of the CCTV cameras installed inside the jewellery shop and pointed out that the thieves had not touched the imitation jewellery items that were in the shop. “This shows that they are professionals and have good knowledge of gold. We are working on different clues,” Jhala said.

Jewellery shop in Vapi robbed after thieves cut hole in wall, steal ornaments worth Rs 65.94 lakh
Launch of second version of Vande Bharat trains by August: Ashwini Vaishnaw
The Indian Express | 4 months ago | |
The Indian Express
4 months 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 | 4 months ago | |
Ndtv
4 months 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 | 4 months ago | |
The Indian Express
4 months 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 | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months 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.