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    Ahmedabad: 1,240 construction workers died on job in 14 years

    Vipul Pandya, general secretary of Construction Workers’ Association, said that they had filed RTIs to various district and city police forces to get details.
    • TNN
    • April 30, 2022, 15:00 IST
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    AHMEDABAD: As April 28 was marked as the International Workers’ Memorial Day, a city-based NGO collated the details of deaths and injuries to the workers based on police reports.

    Vipul Pandya, general secretary of Construction Workers’ Association, said that they had filed RTIs to various district and city police forces to get details. “From 2008 to 2021, according to figures collated, 1,687 workers either died or sustained injuries.

    It includes 1,240 deaths. The figures are not complete, as we are yet to get details from several districts,” he said. Pandya added that the young workers are often victims of workplace disasters, and majority of the deaths took place due to fall, landslide, electric shock, among others.

    Most of the victims were from Dahod and Panchmahal in Gujarat, Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh, and Banswara and Dungarpur in Rajasthan.

    The officials said that the existing laws are not followed in letter and spirit. For example, till 2021 only 174 of the descendants or families of the deceased had received Rs 3 lakh compensation.









    1,240 Construction Workers Died On Job In 14 Years, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)
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      Man killed over land dispute in Surendranagar


      TNN / Updated: May 4, 2022, 13:24 IST


      RAJKOT: A man was killed and his three family members injured in a clash over a land dispute in Bhagalpur village of Chuda taluka in Surendranagar district on Tuesday.

      The deceased was identified as Arvind Parmar (45), a resident of Bhagalpur village.

      Police booked Dila Devipujak, his wife and Lala Bharwad for murder.

      Parmar and Dila had a dispute over agricultural land in the village. The victim’s family was in possession of land and a case was pending in the court regarding its ownership. Dila and his family demanded that they be given possession of the land. On Tuesday, they came to Parmar’s house and attacked him with a knife and other weapons. When Parmar’s wife and sons tried to intervene they too were attacked. Police said the accused are on the run. TNN









      surendranagar: Man Killed Over Land Dispute In Surendranagar | Rajkot News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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        Builder Booked For Forgery, Cheating

        Clipped from: https://realty.economictimes.indiati...ating/91397611

        Police booked Dhiren Dhorada after the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) ordered the builder to pay Rs 1.28 crore to complainant Vipul Lodhiya with 9 per cent interest.

        RAJKOT: A Rajkot builder has been booked for forging documents and signatures and selling a flat in a posh area which was already sold. Police booked Dhiren Dhorada after the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) ordered the builder to pay Rs 1.28 crore to complainant Vipul Lodhiya with 9 per cent interest.

        According to the complaint filed at Rajkot taluka police station, Lodhiya in 2017 bought flat number 201 in Infinity housing scheme on Kalawad road for Rs 1.28 crore.

        He paid Dhorada Rs 13 lakh through cheque and registered the sale agreement jointly in his name and the names of his brother and his sister-in-law.

        Then he applied for a home loan, which was sanctioned and the amount was also credited to the account of Dhorada.

        Lodhiya thereafter asked Dhorada to transfer the ownership document. But Dhorada kept delaying it by giving different excuses.

        This made Lodhiya think that something was wrong. So in 2020, he verified his sale agreement in the sub-registrar’s office. There he came to know that Dhorada had filed a modification application in the sale agreement with forged signatures (of Lodhiya, his brother and sister-in-law), mentioning that in the original sale agreement the flat number was mentioned as 201 by mistake and that flat number 301 had been sold to Lodhiya.

        When Lodhiya confronted this with Dhorada, the latter promised to transfer the ownership of any flat of his choice to him or was ready to give a refund. Dhorada then gave him a cheque of Rs 2 lakh but it bounced

        Lodhiya approached RERA which ordered Dhorada to pay Rs 1.28 crore with 9 per cent interest from the date when the amount was paid.

        With this order, Lodhiya approached police and registered a complaint against Dhorada for forging documents and signatures and cheating.
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          Gujarat: Owners of black trap stone quarries on strike






          Clipped from: https://realty.economictimes.indiati...trike/91350781


          The quarries stopped work from Sunday after a strike call given by the Gujarat Blackstone Quarry Industries Association. The association has claimed that it had made several representations regarding its demands to the state government in the past.

          VADODARA: Hundreds of black trap stone quarries in central Gujarat have come to a grinding halt due to a state-wide strike by the owners of the quarries, who have a long list of pending demands since many years now.

          The quarries stopped work from Sunday after a strike call given by the Gujarat Blackstone Quarry Industries Association. The association has claimed that it had made several representations regarding its demands to the state government in the past.

          The association claimed that a written compromise regarding its demands was reached on December 19, 2016, but after that it was given only assurances regarding its implementation. On March 31 this year, the association gave memorandums in all the districts of the state and stated that they were not in a position to continue business. Eventually, on Saturday they decided to stop work till demands were fulfilled.

          Secretary of the association Amit Suthar said that while the key demands of the quarry owners included allowing lease on private land. “Presently,an owner of a private land is not allowed to start mining there. He has to auction it,” said Suthar.

          Suthar added that another major issue was that of the system adopted for measuring the mines. “Some mines are several decades old. The royalty was very less earlier and at one stage it was even a lumpsum amount. In case of calculation of any discrepancies in royalty now, the calculation is done at the present high royalty rates even if the mining was done at much lower rates earlier. There is no base data for the calculations. We want this to be addressed,” said Suthar.

          The quarry owners are also demanding that quarry dust should be used in lieu of sand. “It is possible to replace sand with quarry dust thati s otherwise a pollutant. Sand mining is also damaging the environment. The government must use quarry dust at least in its own projects,” said Suthar.

          Suthar said that the demands of the quarries are genuine and have been agreed upon by the state government. He said that they had now learnt that the government is looking into the system of quarry leasing in other states to reach to a conclusion regarding their demands. According to Suthar,there were around 3,000 quarries in the state and around 300 of them were in central Gujarat.










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            Society where mayor lives rendered power-less

            TNN / May 12, 2022, 03:22 IST

            Gandhinagar: Procrastination by builders left the residents of Gandhinagar’s Shyam Shukan Apartments sweaty and frazzled on Wednesday after the fire department cut off electricity supply to the building complex over violation of fire safety norms. The power disruption came as a rude shock to the residents as the capital was sweltering at 45.8°C on Wednesday. It did not help that Gandhinagar Mayor Hitesh Makwana too lived there.

            The Gandhinagar fire department had issued two notices to the builders, asking them to obtain a fire NOC and install fire safety systems in the building complex.

            However, the management of the residential society with 443 flats, did not pay heed. A final notice was served on Tuesday, warning the builders against severance of electricity connection if the fire safety norms were not complied with.

            On Wednesday, acting on the instructions from Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC), electricity provider Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Ltd (UGVCL) cut off power supply to the society.

            “The fire department issued notices twice to the builders but they did nothing about it. I live in the same residential complex. If they thought that authorities would spare the builders because the mayor lived there, they were wrong. Anybody who fails to comply with regulations will face consequences,” said Mayor Hitesh Makwana.

            He said that Gandhinagar fire department had issued notices to two other societies as well — Shubh Pioneer in Koba and Shrifal Heights in Kudasan.

            “As soon as the power supply was snapped, Shyam Shukan management woke up and began the compliance process. They have already placed an order to install a fire safety system which will be done in the next few days. GMC will take strict action against residential and commercial properties that do not comply with fire norms,” Makwana said.









            gandhinagar: Society Where Mayor Lives Rendered Power-less | Ahmedabad News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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              Commercial real estate bounces back in Ahmedabad



              This is expected to add at least 80 lakh square feet of commercial space in the city, with investments to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore

              AHMEDABAD: After a two-year long pandemic-induced lull, the commercial real estate market in Ahmedabad has rebounded, propelled by shrinking inventory and increase in demand.

              According to estimates by GIHED-CREDAI, at least 50 new commercial projects are set to be launched in Ahmedabad over the next four months. This is expected to add at least 80 lakh square feet of commercial space in the city, with investments to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore.

              Explaining the trend since Covid-19, Tejas Joshi, president, CREDAI-GIHED – Ahmedabad, said, “Soon after the lockdown of 2020, overall demand for the commercial real estate segment took a big hit as an increasing number of people worked from home. Many restaurants and other service industry players shut down retail premises after being hit by the pandemic-induced slowdown. This compelled a lot of developers to convert newly opened commercial projects into residential ones.

              “However, of late, as the market has staged a bounce back faster after the third wave. With demand for new, spacious office spaces going up, the overall demand for commercial spaces went up, encouraging developers to launch new projects.”

              In fact, a 41-storey building – which is slated to be Gujarat’s tallest building – will also be a commercial tower.

              Industry players suggest that demand for both office and retail spaces has gone up. Office spaces of sizes ranging from 500 to 1,500 square feet are in good demand, according to developers.

              “Commercial real estate saw very less demand for leasing, so office demand declined. However, since the beginning of 2022, office leasing business has picked up since with encouraging transactions. Besides those in the offing, several new commercial projects are at planning stage to meet demand,” said Viral Shah, secretary of CREDAI-GIHED Ahmedabad.

              One of the reasons for an influx of commercial real estate in the city is also the shrinking inventory. “No commercial spaces were launched soon after Covid-19 pandemic. This led to a shrinkage in available inventory. Of late, the demand has bounced back well from banking sector, fintech firms, pharma and IT industry players as these sectors are witnessing increasing investments. At the same time, demand for large office segments to be converted into coworking spaces or managed working spaces is also seeing greater traction. Moreover, retail space demand has also picked up,” said an Ahmedabad-based developer.








              Commercial real estate bounces back in Ahmedabad | Ahmedabad News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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                Ahmedabad: Of 2.5 lakh streelights only 15,000 'smart'


                Clipped from: https://realty.economictimes.indiati...smart/91489281


                A reason could be that of the almost 2.5 lakh streetlights on main roads, societies, chawls and residential streets in the city, only 15,000 are smart, energy-saving, and low maintenance.


                AHMEDABAD: After drainage problems, Amdavadis complained the most about non-functional streetlights last year. A reason could be that of the almost 2.5 lakh streetlights on main roads, societies, chawls and residential streets in the city, only 15,000 are smart, energy-saving, and low maintenance.

                The civic body pays maintenance of Rs 98 per light pole to a private agency, with the assurance that 97% of the streetlights will be functional at any point of the day — or with a 97% burn ratio. The agency was also contracted to convert the streetlights into 'smart' lights.

                However, if one were to analyse the 4.06 lakh complaints lodged by Amdavadis over the period of a year, then complaints about dysfunctional streetlights constituted 61,614 complaints.

                Sources in the AMC said, “A standing committee member has sought a clarification from the streetlights department on whether payments to the private agency are being made on the basis of 97% burn ratio of 15,000 smart streetlights or the entire 2.5 lakh streetlights installed across the city.”

                “Citizens have lodged close to 62,000 complaints in the past year. Many citizens do not even register a complaint. The number of smart streetlights is just 15,000. So, it is time that the streetlights department undertake an audit to check if the private agency has been able to provide a 97% burn ratio," said a senior standing committee member at the AMC.

                Sources in the streetlights department told TOI that most of the complaints are related to failed circuitry, blinking streetlights, and lights not functioning on entire stretches. Even the zone staff does not respond to complaints lodged by citizens, the sources added.










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                  French firm SYSTRA preparing DPR for four new metro projects in Gujarat: GMRC

                  Written by Avinash Nair | Ahmedabad | May 14, 2022 4:06:06 am

                  The Metro Neo or Metro Lite projects will be similar in experience for commuters.

                  A Detailed Project Report (DPR) for construction of rail-based mass rapid transit systems (MRTS) in Vadodara, Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jamnagar is being prepared by French consulting and engineering group SYSTRA and is expected to be ready by end of 2022.

                  These four cities will witness the development of two new kinds of MRTS, Metro Neo and Metro Lite, designed specifically for small and medium sized cities.

                  “The feasibility studies will lay the foundation for constructing either Metro Neo or Metro Lite projects in these four cities and it will be much cheaper than the conventional metro-rail projects. The DPR is expected to be ready by the end of 2022,” said a senior official of Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) which has been entrusted with the task of implementing the MRTS.

                  SYSTRA will not only prepare a detailed project feasibility report for rail-based MRTS for all the four cities, it will also identify the possible corridors for operating the metros, conduct a traffic demand analysis and identify growth centres in each of these cities.

                  “High magnitude metro systems given its high capacities and high costs, do not make a case for an appropriate mode to serve the mobility needs of Tier-2 of Tier-3 cities. The Government of India has developed new systems named Metro Neo and Metro Lite which will fit into medium to smaller cities and are expected to be efficient,” the official further said.

                  “Considering long term development needs, the Gujarat government intends to develop such metro systems in four cities and GMRC has been entrusted with the task of implementing these projects,” the official added.

                  The Metro Neo or Metro Lite projects will be similar in experience for commuters.

                  “Compared to Ahmedabad metro, these projects will have metros with two or three cars instead of six. When train lengths reduce, the width of stations reduces and costs of the entire project comes down. In other words, compared to Rs 300 cr spent on building one kilometre of phase-1 of Ahmedabad metro, then Metro Lite will cost approximately Rs 150 crore and Metro Neo will cost just Rs 100 crore,” the official added.

                  The land requirement in Metro Lite and Metro Neo is less as stations are smaller in size. Secondly in some portions, the metros will not need an elevated corridor and will run parallel to the road.

                  “All these bring down the cost of constructing rail-based MRTS in smaller cities,” the official added.

                  GMRC which is a 50:50 joint venture between Gujarat government and Government of India is already building metro rail projects in Ahmedabad and Surat cities.











                  French firm SYSTRA preparing DPR for four new metro projects in Gujarat: GMRC | Cities News,The Indian Express
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                    Ten firms bid for last section of Phase-2 of Ahmedabad Metro

                    The last section of Phase-2 is over 7.5 kilometres long and will help extend the North-South Corridor of Ahmedabad Metro from Narendra Modi Stadium at Motera to Mahtma Mandir in Gandhinagar city.

                    Written by Avinash Nair | Ahmedabad |
                    May 15, 2022 2:20:35 am

                    This section has seven stations, and will connect Sachivalaya, Akhardharm, Old Sachivalaya between Sector 1 and Mahtma Mandir. (File)

                    At least 10 firms have placed bids for constructing the final portion of Phase-2 of Ahmedabad Metro at an estimated cost of Rs 600 crore, sources in Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) said.

                    The last section of Phase-2 is over 7.5 kilometres long and will help extend the North-South Corridor of Ahmedabad Metro from Narendra Modi Stadium at Motera to Mahtma Mandir in Gandhinagar city.

                    This section has seven stations, and will connect Sachivalaya, Akhardharm, Old Sachivalaya between Sector 1 and Mahtma Mandir.

                    Afcons Infrastructure, Ranjit Buildcon, Dilip Buildcon, GR Infraprojects, JMC Projects, URC Constructions are among the firms which have bid for the project.

                    Apart from them, the joint ventures of M/s YFC Projects Pvt Ltd and Montecarlo Ltd, M/s Kalthia Engineering and Construction and Ashoka Buildcon Ltd, M/s RVNL and Dinesh Chandra R Agarwal and a consortium of M/s KEC and CVCC have also bid for the project.

                    Phase-2 of Ahmedabad Metro is 22.8 kilometres long, the construction of which is already in progress. The portion between Narendra Modi stadium and GNLU metro station and from GNLU to GIFT City is being built by Afcons Infrastructure. The section between GNLU and Gandhinagar Sector-1 has been awarded to Ranjit Buildcon.

                    Currently, only 6.5 kilometres of the Phase-1 of Ahmedabad Metro is operational. This portion was made operational ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in March 2019, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a ride on the section between Vastral Gam and Apparel Park on the East-West Corridor. Gujarat Metro Rail Corporation (GMRC) plans to operationalise the remaining portion of the 40 kilometer route of the first phase in the month of August 2022, ahead of the upcoming state assembly elections.

                    GMRC is currently conducting test runs on both the North South corridor — that stretches from Vasna APMC to Narendra Modi stadium in Motera — and on East-West Corridor from Apparel Park to Thaltej. The viaduct section between Thaltej and Thaltej Gam is still being constructed and is not expected to be ready during the launch in August 2022.












                    Ten firms bid for last section of Phase-2 of Ahmedabad Metro | Cities News,The Indian Express

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