QAhmedabad: Police Announce Route Diversions for Rath Yatra & More

Here is your roundup of the top stories from Ahmedabad: The 18-km-long procession will begin from Jamalpur Darwaza 

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The Rath Yatra passes through Jamalpur towards Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.

1. Police Announce Route Diversions for Rath Yatra

Ahmedabad police commissioner and traffic police Friday announced route diversions for July 4 when Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra will be taken out in the city. The 18-km-long procession will begin from Jamalpur Darwaza around 7 am, reach Manek Chowk by 8 pm and come back to Jagannath Temple near Jamalpur Darwaza.

From 7 am to 9 am, the route from Jamalpur road to Gol Limbada will be closed for the general public and the alternate route will be Gaekwad Haveli to Raikhad Road. From 9 am to 10.30 am, the route from Gol Limbada to Khadiya road will be closed and the alternate route will be Astodiya Darwaza to Sarangpur Circle.

From 10.30 am to 11.15 am, the Khadiya cross to Kalupur circle will be shut and the alternate route will be Delhi Darwaza to Lal Darwaza.

(Source: Indian Express)

2. Gujarat Water Crisis: Govt to Create Regional Grids to Reuse Treated Sewage Water

Faced with an acute water shortage, the Gujarat government is planning to create regional grids to treat and transport sewage water to the nearest industrial cluster. The 1,000 MLD (million litres per day) capacity grid is likely to be set within a year and the water will be sold to industries at Rs 20-30 per kilolitre.

“Israel has separate grids for transporting drinking water and treated water. We have already created a grid for drinking water in Gujarat. We are now thinking of creating regional grids in the state, where sewage water will be treated and reused,” said JP Gupta, Principal Secretary (Water Supply) and chairman of Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board (GWSSB) on Friday, 28 June.

Gujarat generates over 5,000 MLD of sewage of which only 43 MLD is being reused. The reuse of treated sewage is currently happening at Surat where water is being supplied to an industrial cluster. At Bhavnagar, water is being used for a thermal power plant and Rajkot is reusing treated water for the construction industry.

(Source: Indian Express)

3. Niti Aayog Health Index: Chief Secretary Pulls up Officials for ‘Poor Performance’ on Health

Chief secretary JN Singh Thursday pulled up government officials citing the NITI Aayog health index report that placed the state in fourth position.

Addressing a two-day workshop by the state health department on targeted approaches to accelerate health outcomes for the state, Singh expressed his dissatisfaction at the state’s performance, especially on “easy targets” such as improving maternal mortality rate, infant mortality rate, sex ratio and immunisation.

(Source: Indian Express)

4.Step-Grandfather Booked for Raping Seven-Year-Old

A 75-year-old step-grandfather allegedly raped his seven-year-old granddaughter in Gomtipur area. The accused  was arrested on Thursday, 27 June after a complaint was lodged by the victim’s mother.

According to the complaint, the minor was sexually harassed for the past three months. The incident came into light after the victim complained to her grandmother of pain in her privates and narrated the entire incident.

As per police, seven years back, the complainant got married and had a daughter. Post their divorce, the child lived with her mother. About three months back she remarried in Gomtipur lived with her in-laws.

(source: DNA)

5. Hooch Tragedy Case: Gujarat High Court Stays Judge’s Transfer till July 9 to Deliver Verdict

The Gujarat High Court has extended the stay on the transfer of a sessions judge posted at Ahmedabad, who has already completed a marathon trial in a decade-old hooch tragedy case and is due to pronounce the verdict in the matter.

125 people had died due to the consumption of spurious and toxic liquor between 5 and 7, July 2009 in Odhav area of city and the trial, after passing several hands, was finally completed by sessions judge DP Mahida.

The extension of stay on Justice Mahida’s transfer was granted by the division bench of Acting Chief Justice AS Dave and Justice Biren Vaishnav in the “interest of justice” after one of the 24 under-trial accused in the case, Harishankar Kahar, who is languishing in jail for almost the past 10 years, moved the high court seeking an extension. Notably, the high court administration had in May issued transfer and posting orders for several lower court judges, with Justice Mahida being one of them.

(Source: DNA)

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