City Beat: Ahmedabad Strives For Cleanliness As Dirty Complaints Swell [Video]
The commercial city of Ahmedabad is gearing up to host the Vibrant Gujarat Summit, 2017. According to media reports, the state will be showcasing 202 projects, covering two dozens of sectors, to investors during the summit. To make an effective presentation, the state has roped in international consulting major Ernst & Young for creating project outlines. The state has reportedly identified Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Vadodara as potential locations for developing electronic hardware projects, while it is also projecting other cities as possible locations for developing automobiles and auto components, energy and power plants, heavy engineering setups and chemicals and petrochemicals businesses. The state is expecting to bag big-ticket projects at the summit that is starting on January 10 next year.
At a time when project defaults have taken a toll on the health of India's real estate, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has demanded more powers to book the offenders. In a court hearing on a matter related to fire safety, the civic body chief said the body needs more powers to ensure safety measures are minded while building highrises in the city. The court was told the body is planning to chalk up a detailed plan on this.
Meanwhile, the complaints registered with the civic body relating to irregularities in garbage collection are on the rise. According to media reports, about 1,770 people registered complaints on issues such as irregular garbage collection and illegal dumping from across the city within 13 days of September. The highest number of complaints were made by the residents of the West Zone, which is also the highest tax-paying zone for the civic body. The civic body had earlier claimed it would gift Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a clean Ahmedabad on his birthday on September 17. Poor garbage management has also resulted into the city registering many dengue-related deaths recently.