Complaints stain world heritage city’s lustre

The central zone office of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), responsible for improving quality of life of Unesco World Heritage site of the walled city, has come under fire over the last one month. The country’s first world heritage city site has clocked the maximum number of civic complaints totalling 1,676 in the last one month, while the posh west zone registered 1,662 complaints. A majority of complaints in central zone office are related to drainage, polluted water, and drinking water supply issues. Jamalpur area has registered maximum number of civic complaints at 646 followed by Khadia’s 279 and Dariapur’s 142.

“We have been able to solve most of the complaints, but we must admit that many civic lines in the walled city need an overhaul and the process is on,” says a senior AMC’s central zone officer. On the other hand, the city’s poshest areas in the west zone have clocked the second highest number of civic complaints at 1,662, close to 90% of the complaints are from SP Stadium and Paldi wards and they are related to drainage bursts and blocks and polluted water in some areas as well. Areas like Sharda Mandir, Kochrab, Laxmi crossroads and Ellisbridge have registered maximum drainage complaints, while areas under SP Stadium ward like Chandrabhaga Pul, Nava Vadaj, Usmanpura and Bhagyalaxmi Society have registered complaints related to water supply and drainage. In over the past one month, the city has registered 4,570 complaints with the civic body.


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