49 buildings told to free parking space

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VADODARA: The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) issued notices to 49 buildings on the posh R C Dutt Road in Alkapuri asking them to clear their parking spaces. The buildings also include those of nationalized banks and prominent hotels. The VMC had surveyed buildings dotting the main roads of the city earlier this month and had given them notices. But the buildings on the R C Dutt Road were not given notices as officials wanted to get some more clarity about the parking spaces earmarked there. The road has a large…

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Two held with 100kg silver biscuits

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VADODARA: Police seized a huge stock of silver biscuits and coins from the city on Thursday afternoon. The surveillance squad of Navapura spotted two persons travelling on a two-wheeler near Kashi Vishwanath Temple, and intercepted them. The cops said they had noticed bags that the duo was carrying. The bags contained 100kg of silver biscuits and coins. “We asked for the bill but the duo couldn’t produce it. We arrested the duo identified as Santosh Pawar and Ramsinh Ninama, both residents of Padra,” said Alpesh Mahida, police sub-inspector, Navapura. The…

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RTO cracks down on school vans, detain 25 vehicles

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Vadodara: In an early morning crackdown on school vans, officials of regional transport office (RTO) detained 25 school vans near Amitnagar Circle. The school vans which were detained were being plied as private vehicles instead of transport vehicles which violated Gujarat Motor Vehicle Rules. According to RTO officials the drive was held after directives from the state transport commissioner. An official said that the drive will go on till August 16 in different areas of the city to penalize the erring school van drivers. The RTO has often warned the…

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Decision on Panikkar’s punishment in next meet

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Vadodara: Eleven years after the infamous ‘obscenity row’ rocked the famed fine arts faculty, the MSU’s syndicate body on Thursday decided that it will decide on professor Shivaji Panikkar’s punishment in its next meeting. The syndicate members had accepted an inquiry committee’s report in February this year which held the former in-charge dean guilty. The syndicate had then decided to take a legal opinion on further course of action, which was recently provided to the university and accepted in Thursday’s meeting. Panikkar, who teaches at the School of Culture and…

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Smart parking system can end irregularities at pay-and-park facilities

Surat: Civic authorities have plans to set up an intelligent parking system under Smart City project in the Diamond City. A proposal was recently approved in the tender scrutiny committee (TSC) of Surat Municipal Corporation for installing CCTV camera network in all its 49 pay-and-park facilities across the city for security and to assess availability of parking space there. This Rs4.73 crore project will become operational within six months once the standing committee of the BJP-ruled civic body gives the go ahead. Many vehicles remain permanently parked at several pay-and-park…

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Junked vehicles stifle Bahumali parking

Surat: Bahumali building in city’s Nanpura offers a pathetic sight as half of its parking space on the huge campus has been gobbled up by junked government vehicles and those seized by police. Hundreds of people visit this multi-storied building daily as it has important government offices, besides many stamp vendors and notary advocates also work from here. With not much options available to visitors with regard to parking, they are forced to park their vehicles on main road, resulting in traffic chaos. Sudhir Reliawala, a realtor, visited Bahumali building…

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Citizen council moves HC against Tapi pollution

Surat: Surat Citizens Council has filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in Gujarat high court over pollution in Tapi River during Ganesha festivities. The high court has summoned officials of environment department, municipal commissioner and district collector of Surat to be present in the hearing scheduled on August 29. Thousands of idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Dashama are immersed in Tapi during the festive season. In its petition, the council has urged the court to make authorities comply with Gujarat Pollution Control Board’s (GPCB) 2010 guidelines in which it…

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IndiGo to begin operations on August 16 from Surat

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SURAT: Indigo plans to connect more domestic and international destinations in the second phase of its operations from Surat after the launch of flights to Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Goa and Jaipur from here on August 16. Willy Boulter, chief commercial officer, told TOI, “We are coming with a big bang from August 16 when six destinations will be connected with Surat. The seventh destination will be connected with the city from September 1. Flyers from Surat will be able to travel seamlessly on single PNR to 23 destinations across…

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