The Indian Express | 1 day ago | 23-09-2022 | 02:50 pm
The Gujarat Assembly on Thursday gave the “Best MLA” award to BJP MLA Jitu Sukhadia for the year 2021, while Congress MLA Shailesh Parmar received the award for 2022.Announcing the names, Speaker Nimaben Acharya remembered former Speaker Rajendra Trivedi who began these awards in the state legislature. She said the norms for giving the awards were published in 2020.Thanking the House, MLA from Vadodara, Sukhadia, said, “I have been doing the work of this House for the past 20 years. In 2002, Narendra bhai (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) made me the chief whip.”Shailesh Parmar who represents Danilimda constituency said this was his fourth term as an MLA from Ahmedabad. “I dedicate this award to people of my constituency,” said Parmar who is also the deputy leader of opposition in the Gujarat Assembly.
AHMEDABAD: Truck transporters are demanding that the government reduce the toll charged for roads where the concession period has ended, or costs have been recovered, in accordance with the rules. The All India Motor Transport Congress has said that six toll roads between Ahmedabad and Mumbai are in the category where the toll must now be only 40% according to the rules, but 100% is still being charged. The association said they will take a decision on an agitation in a meeting on October 10. Akhil Gujarat Truck Transport Association executive president Mukesh Dave said, "Earlier, toll made up were about 3% of our costs but has increased to between 12% and 20% for the past few years. In 2013, the central government announced that any concessionaire who has built roads on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) model, will give the road back to the government once its concession period is over and from then only maintenance cost will be charged, which will be 40% of the original toll. However, on the Vadodara-Mumbai national highway, there are six toll roads, whose concession period is over, and the developer has handed over the roads to the government but there is still no reduction in the toll tax." He said that a truck currently pays about Rs 5,500 in toll for a return trip between Ahmedabad and Mumbai and if the government follows the 40% rule, the cost will come down to Rs 2,000. The association has written to various authorities, the Union highways minister Nitin Gadkari and the Gujarat chief minister's office, also the issue has not been resolved. According to the association, the private concessionaire of the Halol-Vadodara and Adalaj-Mehsana roads spent a total of Rs 513 crore on these roads and collected around Rs 2,200 crore and sold its stake for around Rs 760 crore and still wants to extend the toll collection duration by 10 years. All India Motor Transport Congress president Amritlal Madan said there are several highways across the country where higher toll is being paid despite the concession period having ended. "We are going to hold a meeting on October 10 in Mumbai to decide our course of action. If our demands are not fulfilled, we will stop our trucks at toll plazas with the demand to pay only 40% of the toll," he said.
Four days after Aam Aadmi Party Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held an interaction with parents and teachers at the Preet Party plot in Vadodara, the encroachment removal team of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) reached the venue on Saturday to “demolish” an “illegal construction” on the plot.Terming the move as “political vengeance” by the BJP, AAP party workers obstructed the bulldozers from razing the structure.તાનાશાહ ભ્રષ્ટ ભાજપના રાજમાં લોકશાહીનું પતન!સંસ્કારી નગરી વડોદરા ખાતે @ArvindKejriwal ની સભા માટે પાર્ટી પ્લોટ આપવા ભાજપના ગુંડા નેતાઓની ધમકીઓથી ન ડરનારા નવનીતકાકાના પાર્ટીપ્લોટ પર ભાજપે વગર નોટિસે બુલડોઝર મોકલ્યા!ભાજપના આ રાવણરાજનો જવાબ હવે ગુજરાતની જનતા આપશે. pic.twitter.com/DhhWjT8RXT— AAP Gujarat | Mission2022 (@AAPGujarat) September 24, 2022https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe VMC claimed that it had served a notice to the owner, Navneet Patel, who had leased the plot to AAP for the town hall event on education. At the event, Kejriwal had felicitated Patel for the “courage and honesty” for allowing AAP to hold the event at his venue after 13 other bookings had been cancelled at the behest of the BJP, AAP had alleged.After the protest from AAP and an altercation with the owners, the VMC handed over a notice, dated September 22, 2022, to the owners, directing that the “illegal structure in the parking area”, should be razed immediately.The VMC has also served the Patel family notices for two other properties named Navneet and Prasang Party Plot, located close by. The notices also state that the sprawling lawn in the premises is “illegal”, and actually only parking space.AAP workers Saturday laid in front of the bulldozers in support of Patel and chanted anti-BJP slogans.Viren Rami of AAP Vadodara said, “The BJP had forced 13 other venues to cancel the booking made by AAP for Arvind Kejriwal’s September 20 event. When they realized that Navneet kaka was not willing to back off after leasing it out, they turned vengeful… They have sent bulldozers in the pretext of razing illegal construction without serving notice.”According to Patel, the “illegal construction” was temporary toilets made for labourers working on the plot.Patel told The Sunday Express, “I have constructed a kaccha toilet with just a tin roof and unplastered bricks for the labourers. It is true that I did not take permission for it… We have started bringing it down, but the VMC wanted to arm-twist me because I had not paid heed to their top leaders when they offered me Rs 10 lakh to withdraw my venue from AAP event.”ભાજપના માજી બુટલેગર પ્રદેશપ્રમુખને ચડ્યો સત્તાનો નશો!ભ્રષ્ટ ભાજપની આ તાનાશાહીનો આવનારી વિધાનસભા ચૂંટણીમાં ગુજરાતની જાગૃત જનતા મજબૂત જવાબ આપશે! pic.twitter.com/3NNqlLN7xZ— AAP Gujarat | Mission2022 (@AAPGujarat) September 24, 2022https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsBoth party plots and the lawns have been preferred for events by all political parties so far.“I personally do not manage the bookings but my plot is always booked for political events by all parties… AAP made a booking and paid Rs 2.5 lakh. The BJP, for all these years, has been using my plot for its own events too. They have never paid me even after assuring that they would,” Patel added.Ronak Patel, Navneet Patel’s son, gave an undertaking to the VMC in writing that the owners would “assess the illegal construction and bring it down”.Even as the VMC Town Development Officer and Encroachment Removal officer remained unavailable for comments, Mayor Keyur Rokadia took to Twitter and said, “AAP has revealed its true face as it interfered in the work of the Encroachment removal team of the VMC…”Denying allegations of political vengeance, Mayor Rokadia said, “The fact is that they (Patels) have created lawns in the parking area of the plots and are charging rent for the same. It is illegal. This is not the only drive against encroachment that the VMC has undertaken… In the case of Navneet party plot, the complaint came to the VMC about two weeks back from the adjacent residential colony regarding the illegal construction of the toilets.”When asked about the timing of the action and the time given to the owners after serving the notice dated September 22, Rokadia said, “When the VMC serves a notice for encroachment removal, the time given is about 24 hours only to remove belongings… After that, the VMC department can arrive and take action.”
Event name: Conflictorium- Museum of ConflictAbout the event: A two-month long exhibition presenting the working stills (photographs) of podcast recordings of the marginalised communities- Chharas, Madaris, Rajbhois, Dafers, on their lives during the two years of pandemic. The exhibition will cover the nuances involved in the making of 35 episodes of the podcast – Budhan Theatre Podcast, on how these De-Notified Tribes (DNTs) and other marginalized communities like Dalits, Muslims, etc. navigated through the pandemic, following the health protocols and guidelines, and their lifestyles.Venue: Conflictorium, Museum of Conflict, Mirzapur, AhmedabadOrganisers: Budhan Theatre, The British Academy, BhashaHow to attend: Open to allDate and time: September 23 (Friday) onwards, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Exhibition opening at 6:00 pm Event Name: Khalid Ahamed Live in BarodaAbout the Event: Indie band Parvaaz’s lead vocalist Khalid Ahamed will see him perform some of his greatest hits along with a curated menu at the venue.Venue: Nini’s Kitchen, VadodaraOrganiser: Leave no Fingerprints and Nini’s KitchenHow to Attend: Book your tickets hereDate and Time: Saturday September 24, 7:30 pmEvent Name: Jazz and Pop Night with Chirag Todi, Gouri and AkshaAbout the Event: Songer-songwriter duo from Mumbai Gouri and Aksha Singer and songwriter-guitarist Chirag Todi will perform to enthrall audiences with an evening of Jazz and Pop medleys.Venue: Buck Gallery, near Parimal Garden, AhmedabadHow to Attend: Book hereDate and Time: Friday September 23, 9 pm to 10 pmEvent name: The Case In Deed- play (English)About the event: A play by Aniket parmar and adapted by Kushali Haji, is an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s story the play follows a murder-mystery contextualized to the city of Ahmedabad. A lawyer and her assistant comes across a terror-stricken man accused of murder.Venue: Footlight Theatre AhmedabadOrganisers: Rangmanch Ki CharpaiHow to attend: Book here, or call- +91- 7412828983 / +91- 6359760919Date and time: September 22 (Thursday)- September 23 (Friday), 8:00 pm
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.
7 undertrials at Vadodara Jail were hospitalised after they drank soap water. (Representational)Vadodara: Seven undertrials at the Vadodara Central Jail in Gujarat were hospitalised after they drank soap water following a clash in the premises, police said on Thursday.The undertrials, who are accused in different criminal cases, also assaulted the jailer during the incident which took place on Wednesday evening, they said.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 2) Abhay Soni said the undertrials facing charges under the Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime Act are not permitted to get food from outside, while others are allowed."Those not allowed the facility take the tiffins of other undertrials and keep them under their control. When the jail authorities learnt about it, they tried to send them to a different barrack," he said."A clash then broke out and seven inmates, in protest, mixed soap with water and consumed it in a large quantity, as per primary information received by us," the official said.The undertrials also assaulted the jailer, following which an FIR was registered against them at Raopura police station under sections for rioting, assault on public servant, unlawful assembly, among others, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comThe seven who drank the soap water were rushed to the SSG Hospital in Vadodara on Wednesday night. Their condition is stable and they are recovering, Mr Soni said. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)