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Old June 23rd, 2011, 11:34 AM   #61
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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...ow/8907154.cms


RAJKOT: Residents of Harsiddhi Society in the city on Saturday morning attempted to set ablaze a ward office of Rajkot Municipal Corporation for not clearing garbage that had accumulated on a private plot.

Cleanliness has become a serious issue in Rajkot as several complaints of residents have fallen on deaf ears of municipal authorities. In the past few weeks, ward offices had seen protests by residents. Incidents of dumping garbage on municipal officer's table have also been reported of late.

Residents of the society of ward no. 1 near Gandhigram area have been complaining about garbage lying unattended near their residences, but municipal authorities didn't pay much attention, it is alleged.

On Saturday morning, a group of residents went to the ward office on the 150-feet ring road. When they found that it was locked, they got furious and pelted stones and tried to set the office ablaze.

When contacted, office clerk Sanjay Dave said, "We received a complaint by residents of garbage lying in an open private plot on Friday. We ordered safai workers to clean it, but early on Saturday residents came to the ward office and found it closed since we come to the office only at 10 am. Some unidentified people threw stones and flaming objects into the office through an open window. A few papers were burnt and furniture was damaged. Later in the day, the area was cleared of the garbage."

When ward no.1 councillor Bababhai Ahir was contacted, he said, "Cleaning of open plots is not the responsibility of safai workers, although they used to do it. In this area, we had cleared that particular open plot earlier, but garbage had accumulated there again. Such protests are wrong. People should cooperate with authorities in such cases."
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 11:35 AM   #62
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Mr. Kotak thanks for your words. Small towns like Rajkot are the key to India's future. I shall do my best to keep such threads alive.
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 01:29 PM   #63
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Mr. Bliss..

Appreciate your efforts in updating all the threads of Gujarat.. Keep it on...

Even I will try to update as many news I find on Rajkot... But it's surprising that very few Rajkotians check this thread as there is no movement like that's happening in Surat or Ahmedabad case.. obviously those are big cities than Rajkot, but still Rajkot thread was quite since long time...

Hope Rajkotians will now keep this thread upto date with latest happenings of Rajkot...
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Old June 24th, 2011, 01:37 PM   #64
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Mercedes-Benz arrives in Rajkot to serve common man

After Ahmedabad, it’s now time for the people of Rajkot to have a chance to ride in Mercedes-Benz.

Rajkot Municipal Corporation is going to start the trial run of the air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz bus this Thursday between Gondal Road chokdi to Jamnagar Road chokdi on the ring road under the pilot project.

A special training for driving this bus has been given. The bus has already arrived and presently in process to complete the needed RTO formalities.
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Old June 26th, 2011, 02:28 PM   #65
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Related news to the above. However, to me, one Benz bus seems more like a stunt to me.
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Old June 26th, 2011, 02:30 PM   #66
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Mercedes-Benz bus arrives in RajkotTNN Jun 23, 2011, 10.29pm IST
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RAJKOT: Are you ready to ride on Mercedes-Benz on Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) corridor on 150 feet Ring Road in the city ? Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) said the trial run of the air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz bus would begin from Tuesday next once the formalities required at the RTO are completed.

The 10.7 km pilot project of BRTS from Gondal Road chowkdi to Jamnagar Road chowkdi on the Ring Road is expected to be completed in June. The bus would have 13 stops on the route. The project is being implemented under the Central Government sponsored Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

At least six Fire Brigade personnel have been trained to run this special bus. RMC officials will decide after the trial run on the suitability of the bus based on various factors including economical.
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 02:43 AM   #67
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Google Earth finally updated Rajkot after 5yrs, so whilst we have no real pics or updates from the ground, these satellite images show the true changing face of the Jewel of Kathiawar.

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Ring Road/Southern end of BRT



Sadhu Vaswani Rd area



SW Outskirts I



SW Outskirts II

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Old July 23rd, 2011, 03:32 AM   #68
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Wow that is a very promising change. Rajkot is full steam ahead!! Nice job GJ10 for putting all that together.
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Old July 23rd, 2011, 04:09 PM   #69
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Ahmedabad: The civic centres of the Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) bear a deserted look these days. Not too long ago, hundreds of people used to crowd outside these centres, wanting to know about their tax payment deadlines or how to pay electricity and water bills.

But that was before the RMC implemented its mobile governance project, providing useful information to the residents of one of Gujarat’s largest cities.

“There are no more long queues,” says Sanjay Gohil, deputy electronic data processing manager at RMC and a part of the four-member team that designed the m-governance project. “The longest queue at RMC headquarters and any of our six collection centres is not longer than 10-15 people, which used to be 400-500 earlier.”

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“The average time to get to the window for a person used to be more than 2 hours; which has now reduced to a little over 10 minutes,” adds Gohil.

Implemented in 2009, the RMC sends text messages to 74,000 registered citizens regarding infant vaccination schedules, updates on property, professional and water tax transactions, status of citizens’ applications of birth and death registrations, bill payment to vendors and contractors under the m-governance project.

This was not RMC’s first attempt to make life easy for citizens living in 23 wards spread across 104.86 sq. km through digital governance. Back in 2000, the civic body had launched an e-governance project; it tried to provide information through its website www.rmc.gov.in.

But the programme was not too successful, as only around 10% of taxpayers used the Internet. The rest continued to queue outside the RMC offices.

Then in 2009, RMC’s electronic data processing department, headed by Mahesh Gohel, thought of using mobile phones to reach more people.

“While computers with Internet connections are still not so popular in Rajkot, almost all adult citizens have access to cell phones,” Gohel says. “We thought of using this medium to communicate important information and designed a mobile governance application and content development in-house and tied up with Idea Cellular as our mobile service provider.”

Using the interactive feature of this project, users can also know details of their property, water and professional tax outstanding dues, property name change details, send property tax assessment requests and lodge complaints about civic problems.

Gohil says long queues also meant poor tax collection and the initiative has led to better collections. .

In 2008-09, RMC’s total tax collection for property and water was Rs98 crore, which rose to Rs140 crore in 2010-11 after the service was implemented. The body has also closed 14 of the 15 complaint centres, on which it used to spend Rs50 lakh annually.

M-governance has also brought procedural transparency. RMC has a call centre that receives all text messages on grievances. These messages are forwarded to concerned officials, who send a message back acknowledging the receipt of the complaint, another message on visiting the place of the complaint, and a final one when the complaint is resolved. Those who lodge the complaints are also sent messages at every stage. “At the end of the day, daily income, expenditure and grievance management statistics are sent as text messages to all the higher officers. This has made the process transparent and faster,” says Gohel.

The cost of running the project is Rs11 lakh, including mobile operator and call centre costs. There is no additional cost of content development and software upgrades as these are done in-house.

“The expenditure on this project is peanuts if we compare it with the benefits,” Gohel says.

Rajkot municipality cuts queues with mobiles
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Rajkot civic body to install more kiosks for paying taxesTNN Jul 20, 2011, 10.40pm IST
RAJKOT: The Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) will soon install five more multi-functional transaction kiosks across the city so that residents can pay property and water taxes more easily. The decision has been taken after more than 600 people used the kiosk at Amin Marg civic centre to pay taxes worth Rs 33.28 lakh.

RMC officials expect that within one year, about five per cent of tax-payers will switch over to internet and kiosk-based payment modes in the city. The kiosk works like an ATM, where residents can come and pay their taxes at any time in the day without standing in lines.

The civic body is one of the first in the state to introduce such a system. "At present, people pay their dues either at different city civic centers or through post offices and have to wait in queues often," an RMC official said. "At the kiosk, citizens can pay their due by cheque and cash. Within two months of installing the kiosk at Amin Marg, many people started using it. This system will help us manage crowds and save citizens' time as well," the official added.

Other services like professional tax and housing scheme EMI collections will be added to the kiosk in a phased manner.

RMC also allows paying taxes through its website, using credit cards. Officials say 618 people have used the website in last three months to make payments. RMC collects around Rs 140 crore annually from property tax and water charges in the city.

The civic body has already been running various e-governance and M-governance services for its citizens which include 15 SMS-based services, for which it recently bagged a national award.
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U/C Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Off Jamnagar Rd

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Old July 24th, 2011, 10:50 AM   #72
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U/C Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Off Jamnagar Rd

Stadium looks nice.... obviously from top
Found the website giving more details about the stadium..
Check it... http://www.saucricket.com/DreamProject.aspx

Looks fabulous in video... hope it turns out to be same in real

But definitely with new stadium now, hope Rajkot gets more international matches as well... atleast one every year...
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wow....thats a surprise...a stadium already built
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RAJKOT: The Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) has bagged the mBillionth award in South Asia for 2011 for its m-governance facility to deliver various services of the civic body to the citizens by using mobile technology.

"The award encourages us to keep innovating to deliver various services using mobile technology in the city. We will continue to evolve with technology in the coming days,'' said RMC commissioner Ajay Bhadoo.

Thanking the computer department, Bhadoo said that the award signifies the innovative approach adopted by RMC to deliver various services which truly make it people-friendly. The award ceremony was held in Delhi on Saturday.

The mBillionth Award honours excellence in mobile communications across South Asia spread over 11 core categories. In order to make the content and services deliverable through mobile as a medium and means, Digital Empowerment Foundation formally launched the mBillionth Award South Asia in the year 2010.

Recently, RMC had also bagged the All Indian Local Self Government (AIILSG)'s Nagar Ratna Award for its complaint redressal system.
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Rajkot to get green public transport
TNN Jul 23, 2011, 10.55pm IST
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RAJKOT: The Rajkot Municipal Corporation intends to develop an environment and people-friendly transport system for the city. With this objective in view, the RMC had assigned a pre-feasibility study on urban transport in the city to Gopa Worldwide Consultants. The study, funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB), done between May and December 2010 under the auspices of the Cites Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA), demonstrates the benefits of a coordinated approach to public transport planning.

The pre-feasibility study touched upon the subject of infrastructure, institutional development/reform, effective management, policy and regulatory frameworks and has recommended a strategy to improve public transport, infrastructure development and capacity-building among other things.

"The principle objective of the study is to design an environment and people-friendly transport sector," said Alpana Mitra, officer on special duty, RMC.
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Six traffic bottlenecks in Rajkot studied
Vijaysinh Parmar, TNN Jul 23, 2011, 10.53pm IST
RAJKOT: It is a nightmarish experience for any commuter to pass through the Hospital Chowk in the city. Traffic chaos will simply get on one`s nerves. And the problem is highlighted in the pre-feasibility study (PFS) on urban transport.

The study is divided into two parts. One consists of `soft` measures and is focused largely on institutional developments while the other is about infrastructure.

Six traffic `bottleneck junctions` in the city were selected for the study. The objective of the study was to improve urban transport system in Rajkot. The junctions were Jawahar Road/Jamnagar Road (Hospital Chowk), Kuvadava Road/Dhebar Road/ (Mochi Bazar Chowk), Dhebar Road/Kenal Road (Bhutkhana Chowk), Gondal Road/80 Feet Main Road (Makkam Chowk) and the railway under bridge at Lakshminagar.
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Stadium looks nice.... obviously from top
Found the website giving more details about the stadium..
Check it... http://www.saucricket.com/DreamProject.aspx

Looks fabulous in video... hope it turns out to be same in real

But definitely with new stadium now, hope Rajkot gets more international matches as well... atleast one every year...
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wow....thats a surprise...a stadium already built
Heres a non satellite pic of it, originally posted by Jumoni in Indian stadiums thread:

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Old November 2nd, 2011, 02:09 PM   #78
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No updates in Rajkot thread....

Is the Dharam Cinema redeveloped? I had heard that Big Cinema is planning to come there.. Is it true??
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 03:46 PM   #79
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biG cinema iS already there in rajkot
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Old November 15th, 2011, 04:31 PM   #80
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Rajkot Ahmedabad highway to be six lane!!
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