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    Gujarat Pollution Control Board, AMC on opposite sides over alleged effluent dumping in Shedhi canal

    Jignesh Parmar / TNN / Updated: Jul 30, 2022, 08:26 IST


    Ahmedabad municipal corporation

    AHMEDABAD: The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) are at loggerheads over the illegal dumping of chemical waste in the Shedhi Narmada canal. AMC engineers at the Raska water treatment plant detected a dark brown liquid entering the plant from the Shedhi canal and immediately closed it down on Tuesday, fearing harm to the 30% of the city's residents who are supplied water from there.

    The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) and district police have formed teams to patrol the 66km canal, and took water samples for testing. GPCB on Friday said their final test report showed that there was no industrial chemical residue in the water of the Shedhi canal and it was safe to resume operations at the Raska water treatment plant.

    However, the AMC, which carried out tests at its own laboratory, maintains that the water samples had high chemical oxygen demand (COD). COD is a measure of water quality and is used to monitor water treatment plant efficiency. The test is based on the fact that a strong oxidant, in acidic conditions, can fully oxidize almost any organic compound to carbon dioxide.

    Officials investigating the issue point to that a steady flow of chemical waste in the Shedhi canal, indicating the polluters were releasing effluent into the canal at a controlled rate to ensure dilution and avoid suspicion. Neither police nor GPCB have been able to pinpoint where on 66km canal dumping may be taking place, a source said.

    "Our final test results do not show the presence of chemicals in the water from the Shedhi canal. It is likely that turbidity has increased due to algae as the canal does not have a concrete bed," said R B Barad, member secretary of GPCB. He added that GPCB has given permission to resume operations at Raska water treatment plant.

    "We have taken water samples again and sent them to the central laboratory. We will decide whether to resume operations at Raska only after we get the latest results. We are not in a hurry to resume operations as we don't want to take chances," Jatin Patel, chairman of AMC's water supply and sewerage committee told TOI.

    As the plant has been shut since Tuesday, the eastern parts of the city is being supplied from the Kotarpur water works, which can treat 850 million litres of water a day, and other sources.

    Another AMC official said they do not agree with GPCB's final test report. "After the GPCB report, we went to multiple sites along the Shedhi canal and the water quality remains suspect. If it was algae, the presence would have been continuous and not at intervals. We collected samples again and sent them to the laboratory. The report may take four days. Till then we will not restart the Raska plant," the official said.

    No police complaint

    Kheda SP Rajesh Gadhia said police have started round-the-clock patrolling on the route to Raska, which covers Sevalia, Thasra and Mahudha, after getting information that pollutants were being released in the canal.

    "We have not found chemical dumping in these villages of Kheda district. Dumping may be taking place from the industrial areas of Ahmedabad. Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) officers have taken samples and sent them for forensic analysis," said Gadhia.

    He said that further legal action would be taken only after GPCB officers give their report on chemical dumping.











    Gujarat Pollution Control Board, AMC on opposite sides over alleged effluent dumping in Shedhi canal | Ahmedabad News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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      Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority to auction 3 plots in Kudasan, Sargasan, Vavol

      TNN / Updated: Aug 1, 2022, 05:12 IST


      The online auction will be open for all at 12 pm on September 15. Interested parties can register online between September 1 and September 9

      AHMEDABAD: The Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority (GUDA) plans to conduct an online auction of three plots in Kudasan, Sargasan and Vavol on September 15, claimed a senior official at the apex planning body. These plots will have a base value ranging between 10.89cr and Rs 40.43cr.

      The plots are in town planning schemes 6, 7 and 13. In the case of the plot in Kudasan, GUDA has fixed a base price of Rs 73,000 per sq m and is expected to yield Rs 40.43 crore.

      In Sargasan, the plot is valued at Rs 51,000 per sq m and is expected to yield a minimum of Rs 10.89 crore. The third plot in Vavol will be auctioned at a rate of Rs 40,900 per sq m and will yield a minimum of Rs 11.16 crore.

      "The online auction will be open for all at 12 pm on September 15. Interested parties can register online between September 1 and September 9," said a senior GUDA official.

      The apex planning body plans to use the amount from sale of these plots to buy equipment for maintenance of infrastructure in the capital city.










      Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority to auction 3 plots in Kudasan, Sargasan, Vavol | Ahmedabad News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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        Ahmedabad: Wastewater leaves farms noxious with heavy metals

        TNN / Updated: Aug 1, 2022, 05:23 IST


        Vishala Bridge

        AHMEDABAD: The dumping of toxic industrial wastewater into municipal networks for almost three decades has not only damaged the sewage lines, stormwater lines and pumping stations, but also laced the soil with heavy metals in 43 villages along the downstream of Sabarmati riverbank.

        Had it not been for the high court's intervention in September 2021, the toxicity being released into the river would have seen no signs of abatement.

        A recent research of municipal wastewater samples and the soil collected from irrigated farms had shown startling levels of heavy metal pollution. It was found that the average concentration of metals at eight places -- Visalpur, Gyaspur, Khada, Asamali, Kaloli, Chandisar, Saroda and Kasindra -- had exceeded both WHO and European standards.

        For instance, among the average heavy metals measured, zinc constituted 421 g per gram of soil; manganese 336 g, copper 201 g, chromium 71 g, nickel 51 g, lead 42 g and cobalt 9 g per gram of soil. But how did the soil accumulate heavy metals over time? The answer lies in the wastewater released into the Sabarmati and then used by farmers to irrigate the fields.

        A research study by Bibhabasu Mohanty of School of Technology at PDEU showed high concentration of heavy elements in the wastewater discharged. The elements in the sewage water samples were found to vary in the high range for example, cobalt constituted 2.1-2.2 g per ml, chromium 1.4 to 1.9 g; copper 0.1 to 0.9 g; manganese 0.2-3 g, nickel 1-1.9 g, lead 0.4-1.6 g and zinc 5.1-19 g.

        "These values were all higher than their respective prescribed safe limits of heavy metals used for irrigation purposes provided by Indian standards, WHO, and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)," says Mohanty in the research paper.

        While elaborating on how the heavy metal content in the soil breached the permissible standards, Mohanty claimed, "The average chromium concentration was found to be three times higher, 12 times in case of lead, twice in case of copper, and almost 13 times in case of manganese and 2.5 times when it came to zinc."

        For nickel the Indian standard value was not reported.

        However, according to the WHO standards, average nickel concentration exceeded by a factor of 6. Another startling fact that emerged was that toxic metals continued to pollute the natural system for years.

        The most common heavy metals found in contaminated areas are arsenic, mercury, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, iron, manganese and zinc.

        Mohanty in his research paper said, "These heavy metals do not decay. For instance, lead lasts for 22.26 years, cadmium for 6 to 38 years, nickel for 76,000 years, zinc for 243 days of half-life period."

        The continuous release of these heavy metals into natural ecosystems has contaminated our atmosphere, water sources, and many soil habitats.











        Ahmedabad: Wastewater leaves farms noxious with heavy metals | Ahmedabad News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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          AMC allotted 81 lakes for boosting level of groundwater

          An AMC official said that there are 153 lakes in the city, of which 21 were given to the AMC for development work last year.

          By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
          August 2, 2022 1:59:56 am

          Last year, when 21 lakes were given to AMC for rejuvenation, Rs 10 crore was allocated for the work, as per the AMC official. (Representational)

          The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) will take up 81 government-owned lakes in the city to boost the groundwater level and develop new areas for recreation. Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel allocated the lakes to the civic body Monday.

          “Percolation of water to the aquifers is very fast given that most of the lakes in the city have sand beds. Within a month of rain the water totally seeps in, leaving no room to use it. The lakes become devoid of the freshwater or become dry,” said an AMC official.

          Pointing out that concretisation of the area around the lakes makes it difficult for water to reach them, the official said, “Encroachment will be the biggest challenge that will face during the development project,” said the official.

          The official also said that there are 153 lakes in the city, of which 21 were given to the AMC for development work last year. “This time, 81 lakes were given… but we do not know the actual number of lakes that would be taken for the development work,” the official added.

          The work is at nascent stage, the official said, adding, “It is yet to be decided how the development work will happen. The budget estimate also is not made.”

          Last year, when 21 lakes were given to AMC for rejuvenation, Rs 10 crore was allocated for the work, as per the AMC official.









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            Villages near Ahmedabad toxic waste hotspots

            Paul John / TNN / Updated: Aug 3, 2022, 06:33 IST


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            AHMEDABAD: Over the past 15 months, brazen incidents of chemical waste being dumped in private farms and local streams in Ahmedabad's peripheral villages have come to light. Senior Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) officials admit that a nexus exists between the industrial belt and local transporters to identify spots for illegal dumping of waste. The GPCB has submitted a detailed report on these incidents to the state government.

            On July 19 last year, 70- to 200-litre drums of effluent and around a tonne of toxic sludge was found dumped in a private farmland in Rasam village. Though two people were arrested, the kingpin remains elusive, inform GPCB officials. The waste could only be removed in July this year under the supervision of the GPCB and remediation measures were put in place. The second major incident was reported in Bagodara where a wind farm company dumped tonnes of industrial waste in open land along the state highway in Bavla taluka. On March 22, the waste caught fire, and toxic smoke billowed out of the farmland. It could be seen for nearly 5km. The GPCB had fined the company Rs 1.8 crore. A third incident occurred on July 24 in Mehsana; Khari stream near Nilkanth Mahadev temple began spewing toxic foam. "The locals were seeing this for the first time. They have blamed a few industrial units nearby that were dumping their waste into the stream," said an official in the regional office of the GPCB.

            Four days later in Sari village of Sanand, villagers reported many dead fish floating in Fatehwadi canal and alleged that chemical waste was being dumped there. "We have taken samples from the Fatehwadi canal to ascertain the reasons behind the incident," added the GPCB official.










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              Over 2,100 sale deeds registered in Dholera till July 2022

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              In 2021, a record-breaking 2,484 sale deeds were registered netting the government Rs 11.39 crore in stamp duty and Rs 2.19 crore in registration fees.


              AHMEDABAD: At Dholera, 95km from Ahmedabad city, registration of sale deeds for land are breaking records after a two year lull during the Covid pandemic.

              Compared to 2014, stamp duty income in 2022 has risen almost five times according to the Dholera sub-registrar’s office, with a surge in registrations in 2021 and 2022.

              Since 2014, some 15,000 sale deed documents have been registered, bringing in revenue of Rs 81 crore. Rs 30 crore of this has come in the last two years. A large part of Dholera taluka, almost 920 sq km, is under the Special Investment Region (SIR) Act of 2009.

              Revenue officials say between 2010 and 2014, the taluka witnessed 400 to 500 sale deeds a year, rising to 742 in 2014. Since then there has been no looking back. In 2015, the sub-registrar’s office registered 1,926 sale deeds and collected Rs 6.68 crore in stamp duty and Rs 1.08 crore in registration fees.

              In 2020, the number of sale deeds decreased due to the Covid pandemic to about 1,158, bringing in Rs 4.73 crore in stamp duty.

              However, in the last two years, Dholera has been witnessing a boom. In 2021, a record-breaking 2,484 sale deeds were registered netting the government Rs 11.39 crore in stamp duty and Rs 2.19 crore in registration fees. In 2022 till July, there have been 2,162 sale deeds registered for Rs 14 crore in stamp duty and Rs 2.75 crore in registration fees.

              According to sources in the revenue department, the state government had set the jantri rates in 2011 and there has been no revision since then. Farmland that was acquired for the Dholera SIR was bought at higher commercial rates, while for the rest of Dholera taluka lower jantri rates remain.

              “As the jantri rates are low, it is tough to estimate the market value of the land sales transacted. Till July 2022, some 2,162 sale deeds were registered and it is estimated that the deals have been worth around Rs 500 crore,” said a senior Ahmedabad district collectorate official.
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                From soil and water into veggies: Heavy metals lace green produce

                Parth Shastri / TNN / Updated: Aug 5, 2022, 05:32 IST



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                AHMEDABAD: The healthy serving of green, leafy vegetables like spinach and cabbage considered central for good health might be laced with harmful heavy metals from the soil in which it's grown and the water it's fed.

                A doctoral study 'Heavy Metals in Soil, Agricultural Product and in Groundwater from Industrially Contaminated Sites of Gujarat' by Bibhabasu Mohanty at School of Technology, Pandit Deendayal Energy University (PDEU), highlighted higher than permissible levels of metals such as lead and nickel in vegetable samples from Ahmedabad city. The study was conducted under guidance of Dr Anirban Das, associate professor at PDEU.

                The study mentioned that the soil and groundwater should also be checked as sources of heavy metals in vegetables. The study by extension mentioned that the soil and groundwater should also be checked as the sources of the heavy metals in vegetables such as brinjal, tomato, cabbage, cauliflower and spinach. The study took samples from Gyaspur, Visalpur, Kasindra, Saroda, Chandisar, Kaloli, Asmalli, and Khada villages around Vasna sewage plant.

                The study highlights the concentration of heavy metals such as copper, manganese, nickel, lead and zinc in wastewater exceeding permissible values by Indian and World Health Organization (WHO) standards. Zinc concentration was found to be the most prevalent heavy metal followed by manganese and copper.

                Due to the use of wastewater for irrigation, concentration of metals was found to be high - especially of nickel and lead. For example, against the permissible limit of 1.5 micrograms of nickel per gram of vegetable, samples in Brinjal showed a maximum value of 4.1, tomato and cabbage 4.2 and cauliflower 3.8. For lead, against a permissible limit of 2.5 micrograms per gram of vegetable, researchers found highest 8.4 in spinach at one spot while highest 6.9 was found in brinjals from one of the villages.

                "It's one of the first studies analysing all three aspects - groundwater, soil and final produce (vegetables) - in context of heavy metals around Ahmedabad. Earlier studies indicated presence of cadmium, lead and chromium in cabbage, beans, chili and brinjal in Rajkot, and arsenic in soil and arsenic, lead and nickel were found in spinach, radish, tomato, chili and cabbage in Vadodara," said Dr Mohanty, now a faculty at a city-based university.

                The study suggested soil washing technology by using chelating agents and surfactants for the removal of heavy metals. More efficient treatment of the wastewater - which is sometimes used for irrigation in farms - is also suggested as a possible remedy to reduce the heavy metal content.

                "The human body cannot process heavy metals effectively due to its high molecular weight. Kidneys can't eliminate it through normal processes and thus it starts accumulating in the body," said Dr Tejas Prajapati, a city-based toxicologist. "It spreads in parts of the body such as the liver, bones and brains and hampers its normal functioning."

                The study indicated harmful effects of nickel and lead as insomnia, hypertension, reduction in fertility and damage to neural and renal systems.







                From soil and water into veggies: Heavy metals lace green produce | Ahmedabad News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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                  Adviser says no but Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation okays cost hike

                  TNN / Updated: Aug 7, 2022, 06:47 IST


                  Opposition Congress on Saturday held a demonstration in the city to protest the alleged ‘poor management’ of AMC funds

                  AHMEDABAD: The following case is one of the proofs of the city civic body's poor financial management that has led it to beg for loans from the state government to fund its day-to-day expenditure. A contracting firm, which was sanctioned a tender for road construction in 2020 with 34% cost revision, demanded further cost revision citing increased raw material costs. As there was no provision of revising a tender cost which is already sanctioned with increased cost, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) sought the opinion of the Project Management Consultant (PMC), the third party that gives consultation on projects. Despite the PMC refusing a further revision, AMC went on to seek permission from the state government and rested only after getting a nod for revision in the tender cost.

                  Sources said that RKC Infrabuilt Pvt Ltd was sanctioned the road construction work amounting to Rs 536.03 crore in January 2020. The sanctioned tender amount was 34% higher than the tender cost. After getting the tender, the contractor asked for a further revision in the cost. The case was referred to PMC Christon Infra Consultant which opined that the cost can not be further revised as there was no clause in the tender conditions which allowed further cost revision.

                  The AMC commissioner then referred the case to the member of the dispute review committee of Indian Road Congress (IRC). The member opined that the raw material cost can be revised but the work has to be completed in the tender amount. After getting one negative opinion and one positive opinion, AMC sought the opinion of the state road and building department. The department gave a positive opinion and said that the raw material cost can be revised as long as the expenditure remains the same.

                  "The proposal of allowing the contractor to revise the raw material cost with one negative opinion against two positive opinions was tabled during the AMC's road and building committee's meeting and was approved," a senior AMC official said.

                  The official said that it means that the tender amount will remain the same 536.03 crore but with the increased raw material cost, the number of roads to be constructed will be reduced. "It translates into a difference of Rs 30-40 crore. This will mean that the contractor will build less roads than what was agreed earlier," the official said.

                  "The committee has approved the proposal after getting a positive opinion from the state road and building department. I don't know what the difference will be," said Mahadev Desai, the chairman of AMC's road and building committee.








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                    Unaccounted cash seized from sub-registrar office, probe against 2 officials

                    According to ACB officials, a surprise inspection was held at the sub-registrar office Saturday.

                    By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad |


                    August 7, 2022 11:36:20 pm

                    We have initiated an inquiry against Vismay Patel and Ghanshyamsinh Chavda, sub-registrars at Gandhinagar,” said a senior ACB official Sunday.

                    The Gujarat Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) began investigation against two officials after Rs 1.07 lakh unaccounted cash was seized from the sub-registrar office in Gandhinagar.

                    According to ACB officials, a surprise inspection was held at the sub-registrar office Saturday.

                    “We received complaints that bribe is being sought by officials at the sub-registrar office in Gandhinagar for verification and registration of documents by applicants. An inspection was held when we seized Rs 1.07 lakh cash from the office premises. The officials present were not able to give any satisfactory reason behind the cash. We have initiated an inquiry against Vismay Patel and Ghanshyamsinh Chavda, sub-registrars at Gandhinagar,” said a senior ACB official Sunday.






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                      46 Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation gyms to be run on PPP model

                      TNN / Updated: Aug 9, 2022, 06:16 IST


                      The civic body spends Rs 3.82 crore a year on operating these gyms but earns only around Rs 50 lakh

                      AHMEDABAD: Struggling with finances, the city civic body has now begun to unburden itself from looking after its infrastructural white elephants. On Monday, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) approved a proposal to give contracts to run its 41 existing gymnasiums and five upcoming ones on public-private partnership (PPP) model for five years. Sources said the civic body is likely to follow the same model in operating skating rinks and sports enclaves.

                      The civic body's recreational, cultural and heritage committee's meeting on Monday discussed a proposal according to which 41 existing gymnasiums, and five being built in Naranpura, Jodhpur, Vejalpur, Lambha and Vatva, will be given to private players to run.

                      The committee approved the proposal which states that in future, all gymnasiums of AMC would be given to private players to be run on PPP model.

                      The official said that once the standing committee approves this proposal, a tender for the same will be floated. The initial tenure for operations will be five years but if the results are found to be satisfactory, the contract may be extended for three more years.

                      Sources said that these gymnasiums were proving to be white elephants for the civic body as it spends Rs 3.82 crore annually to run them, but the annual income earned does not exceed Rs 55 lakh.

                      Sources said that AMC's revenue from these gyms was Rs 45.96 lakh in 2016-17, Rs 54.88 lakh in 2017-18, Rs 52.49 lakh in 2018-19 and Rs 46.62 lakh in 2019-20. The civic body suffers a loss of Rs 3.27 crore annually, on average, and on top of that it spends Rs 20-25 lakh on installing new equipment.

                      The proposal states that the private player who gets the contract will be able to charge Rs 300 per month for a non-AC gym, Rs 500 for an AC gym, Rs 500 per month for personal coaching in non-AC gyms and Rs 700 in an AC gym.

                      The base annual rental fixed for Vejalpur gym is Rs 3 lakh, for Naranpura gym Rs 4.20 lakh, for Vatva and Lambha gyms Rs 3 lakh each, and for Jodhpur gym, Rs 5.60 lakh. The contracts will be given to the highest bidders.










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