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    Rajkot: Lakhs in regularization fees siphoned off, two arrested

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    The money was usurped by two contractual computer operators - Vivek Rathod and Alpesh Gadiyel - working in the mamlatdar office at Rajkot collectorate in Bahumali Bhavan.


    RAJKOT: The local crime branch (LCB) in Rajkot unearthed a massive scam of siphoning off lakhs of rupees paid by people to get their unauthorized property regularized by paying the rates as per the jantri (circle rate).

    The money was usurped by two contractual computer operators - Vivek Rathod and Alpesh Gadiyel - working in the mamlatdar office at Rajkot collectorate in Bahumali Bhavan.

    LCB had received information that the scam was brewing but swung into action after one complainant came forward. Rathod and Gadiyel were arrested and booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

    People wanting to regularize their property for which non-agriculture certificate was not issued had to pay certain fees calculated as per the prevailing jantri rates. The amount was to be deposited with the government treasury, but the accused duo issued fake receipts and siphoned off the money. Police recovered Rs 9.24 lakh cash, a stamp of SBI, the treasury office, several duplicate challans and stamp papers from the duo.

    Three people, Manish Rathod, Dharmesh Gajjar and Prashant Dubal, where cheated of a total of Rs 5.61 lakh by the duo who issued them bogus receipts.

    Police said that the money was siphoned on September 13. Besides the three, the accused cheated Yogesh Dave of Rs 8.67 lakh, Ramnik Kapadia of Rs 88,259 and Rugnath Chhatbar of Rs 76,193, said police. LCB officials said all the seven victims had come forward with a complaint.
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      Gujarat government sets up task force on water

      TNN / Updated: Sep 22, 2022, 09:27 IST



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      GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat government has formed a task force for a multi-dimensional assessment of water availability and sustainable use of water from various resources. The general administration department (GAD) passed a resolution to this effect on September 14.

      The task force will suggest measures to fast track achieving Goal 6 of the sustainable development goals (SDG), 2030, which is ensuring availability and sustainable management of water for all. The task force has also been mandated to suggest region-specific measures for water use and management to achieve sustainability in all sources of water.

      “The task force will suggest measures to improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, eliminating untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse of water,” the GAD resolution said.

      The 13-member task force will also suggest measures such as crop diversification and use of technology to increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawal and supply of freshwater to address withdrawal. “It will suggest measures and policy interventions around the water ecosystem to strengthen sustainability,” the resolution said.

      The body will also recommend a template for the water harvesting plans of each district, depending on scientific basin analysis, current storage capacity and median annual excess run-off to maximize water availability. It will also work out an action plan on how data for water resource management is going to be collected, processed, analyzed, reported, and create time-bound measurable goals. It has also been mandated to develop indicators and monitoring programmes.









      Govt Sets Up Task Force On Water | Ahmedabad News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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        Gujarat: 'Rectify stamp duty collection mechanism'

        Kapil Dave / TNN / Updated: Sep 24, 2022, 06:40 IST



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        GANDHINAGAR: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Gujarat legislative assembly has endorsed observations of CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) of India about the state government's faulty mechanism of stamp duty and registration fees collection, which has resulted in loss of crores of rupees to the state exchequer.

        The PAC has also highlighted negligence of the revenue administration and has asked the government to check leakages in the system.

        In its report submitted to the assembly, the PAC noted, "During the inspection of mere 82 cases from the collector & mamlatdar records, Rs 403 crore less assessment of stamp duty & registration fees was noted."

        The PAC further observed in its report that revenue department officials faultily interpret rules and regulations related to long term leasing of government lands, change of purpose of use fees, breach of conditions, etc and in a number of instances, such faulty interpretations result in massive financial losses to the state exchequer.

        The committee has recommended punishment against those officials who have caused loss to the exchequer because of faulty assessment of long term lease charges and other cases where officials have erred in interpreting the law correctly, causing loss of revenue to the government. It has asked the state government to set up a centralized system to monitor such cases and an effective mechanism to punish officials who cause loss to the state exchequer.

        The PAC also expressed displeasure over the inaction of the state revenue department against the high number of cases in which the CAG had earlier directed the department for recovery.











        Gujarat: 'Rectify stamp duty collection mechanism' | Ahmedabad News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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          Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation razes apartment block being built illegally in Juhapura

          TNN / Updated: Sep 25, 2022, 07:39 IST



          The complex had come up illegally on a 27,000 square feet plot

          AHMEDABAD: Work to pull down an entire apartment block consisting of 20 flats began in a Juhapura locality on Saturday.

          The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation's South West Zone office had issued notices to owners of the five-storeyed apartment complex just opposite Muskaan hospital in Maktampura after receiving complaints that an entire building complex had come up illegally on a 27,000 square feet plot.

          On July 20, the AMC's town development department visited the site and sealed the under-construction apartment building. But the corporation officials say that the builder continued with the construction work.

          On September 12, another AMC team visited the site and sealed the premises again.

          On Saturday, the AMC finally began demolishing the building.









          Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation razes apartment block being built illegally in Juhapura | Ahmedabad News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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            Missing in action: Plan for heritage conservation in Ahmedabad

            Jignesh Parmar / TNN / Updated: Sep 28, 2022, 05:46 IST



            Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation

            AHMEDABAD: It has been five years since Ahmedabad's Walled City was inscribed by the Unesco as a world heritage site, but the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is yet to implement its conservation plan to protect the city's world heritage structures.

            According to reliable sources, a draft document - called the Heritage Conservation Plan - has been submitted to the municipal commissioner for approval only now.

            It puts forth a detailed strategy to conserve the 1,800-odd timber havelis. Ideally, the plan should have been sent to the Unesco by September 2019, but the deadline has been breached not once but thrice.

            It is worth mentioning here that the National Institute for Urban Affairs (NIUA) was initially entrusted with preparing a heritage conservation plan. But the agency was relieved of the responsibility following its differences with the AMC. The job of completing the draft plan was given to Urban Management Consulting Pvt Ltd, a private body, on October 7, 2021.

            The plan was to be submitted on December 12, 2021, but an extension was given to the agency till July end this year. A senior official in the AMC revealed that on May 10, a two-hour meeting was held by the AMC-run World Heritage City Trust where a consultant explained in detail the urban zonal plan of the Heritage Conservation Plan. Suggestions were made for the maintenance of heritage houses in the world heritage zone.

            A total of 2,236 properties have been tagged in the Unesco world heritage list and their condition is far from satisfactory, revealed the senior official.

            "Only 40 heritage homeowners have taken advantage of the TDR so far. When the state government approved the GDCR in 2014, it was decided that the monetary benefits of TDR-FSI would be extended to the heritage homeowners to maintain their heritage buildings," revealed the AMC official.

            But the reality is that because of the tedious process involved in applying for TDR-FSI, many heritage homeowners avoid coming forward.










            Missing in action: Plan for heritage conservation in Ahmedabad | Ahmedabad News - Times of India (indiatimes.com)
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