Around 10 Gujarat Police officers,including one SP and an IGP,accompanied Chief Minister Narendra Modi to Kanpur on Saturday for Vijay Shankhanad rally. The police officers,who often accompany the CM during his rallies and trips to other states,not only suggested changes in the security layout at the event but also changed the dais position at the venue. They suggested that a distance of at least 90 ft should be maintained between the stage and public instead of the 60 ft distance already created by the organisers. They asked for an increase in the length of the stage from 100 ft to 130 ft. Modi,who has Z+ security of the National Security Guards,was given an additional security cover by the Kanpur police for the event. However,the Gujarat Police still had its own commandos for Modis security.
Journey to nowhere
AMTS is inching towards a slow but sure end to its existence. It is buried under massive debt burden with its income graph nose-diving. This,coupled with heavy borrowing from the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC),makes its financial scene very scary. Worse,private operators have started arm-twisting AMTS officials into meeting their demands of fare increase while their drivers have threatened to go on strike just when Diwali is round the corner. This puts to ransom commuters who are already harassed by annual fare hikes minus punctual and efficient service. Its officials openly express helplessness in dealing with unruly staff of the private operators.
Source of income
Knowing too well that it could not commercialise a project financed through the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission,the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation avoided availing the JNNURM fund for making two gardens on the Sabarmati bank. The AMC developed it as an independent project costing Rs 20 crore. It sourced the money from Sabarmati River Front Development Corporation. The visit to the gardens has been made possible only against an entry ticket,price of which can be revised upwards as and when required. The administration and political masters choose not to make things clear on this. Chances are that this will gradually become a considerable source of non-tax revenue. Not only that,a levy of toll tax on the roads built along the river bank from Vasna to airport may be a possibility too.