Ahmedabad News Roundup| City records season's highest temp at 46.6°C, shades at signals & more

Ahmedabad News Roundup| City records season's highest temp at 46.6°C, shades at signals & more

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City records the season's highest temp at 46.6°C on Thursday, temporary shades at traffic signals to provide heat relief, AMC plans sustainable upgrades for 110 city lakes, and more. Stay updated with what's happening in your city with this Ahmedabad News Roundup.

City records season's highest temp at 46.6°C on Thursday, red alert for 24th & 25th May

Ahmedabad experienced its highest temperature of the season on Thursday, reaching 46.6°C. Gandhinagar also faced extreme heat, surpassing 46°C. Authorities have issued a two-day Red Alert for both cities due to the intense heat wave. Ahmedabad Airport recorded a maximum temperature of 47.3°C.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts no respite from the heat for the next four days, with temperatures expected to rise further.

Temporary shades at traffic signals to provide heat relief

In response to the IMD’s extreme heatwave forecast, Ahmedabad police commissioners have been instructed to set up temporary shades at busy traffic signals. These shades will protect commuters from direct sunlight while waiting at signals and will be removed after the heat wave to prevent risks during the upcoming monsoon season.

AMC takes charge of 110 city lakes, plans sustainable upgrades

The state government has transferred control of 110 lakes to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), with more expected to follow. The AMC is tasked with developing these lakes, ensuring perennial water presence and preventing algae growth.

Post-monsoon plans include building Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) and Tertiary Treatment Plants nearby to maintain water levels. Additionally, aerators and treatments using bacteria will be implemented to prevent silting, utilizing the latest technologies to keep the ponds clean.

Shela to get new water supply system with ₹154 crore Auda project

Auda is set to develop a water supply system in Shela at a cost of ₹154 crores. A 140.62 km pipeline will be laid from Sanathal Telav to Makarba Okaf to serve areas under Auda’s jurisdiction. This project will benefit approximately 60,000 households, covering a population of 2.5 lakh.

According to Auda officials, each household will receive 22,500 liters of water per month, averaging 750 liters per day, free of charge. Beyond this, water usage will be charged at a rate of ₹10 to ₹40 per 1,000 liters.

AC sales double amidst rising temperatures

With the soaring temperatures, the city’s electronic market has seen a 50 percent increase in AC sales compared to last summer. The high demand has led to supply shortages, resulting in a 5 to 7 day waiting period at electric shops.

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