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Creator @ Surat Diaries. Interested in Education, Environment & Healthcare. Spends time looking at the sky, birds and nature. Writes about Life, Philosophy, Relationships, Career and Wellbeing.

Top 20 cities in India under Swachh Survekshan 2020

#3Navi Mumbai5467.89

Swachh Survekshan 2019 results

#5New Delhi (NDMC)4190.52
#7Navi Mumbai4128.85
#11Bhilai Nagar3929.48

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Nat Geo Show : The Next Frontier – Smart Cities India

Nat Geo Show on Smart Cities in India has been very well documented. It features the development with respect to Smart Cities mission in cities like Surat, Vishakapatnam, Pune and Varanasi. Each city is leading it’s change in particular aspect as necessary in the city. As these cities set the benchmark for development, implementation and projects in regards to smart technologies, other cities can replicate similar implementation at their level.


Under the Smart Cities implementation projects Surat is leading in transportation and public services. Surat Municipal Corporation managed Bus Rapid Transit System BRTS is a fully functional centralized GPS system based Bus transport system in the city with a separate corridor for the buses. The system is centrally managed and monitor with over 270 buses running across the city. Electronically managed timings shown on the display inside the bus stops provided a glimpse of the waiting time for the passengers. Online booking of tickets and schedule help to avoid queues.

To promote the use of Public transport – City mayor travels to work via BRTS once in a week. Surat also has bicycles for use at various junctions to provide last mile service. (Not shown in the show)

City is monitored from the command center and actions taken respectively to correct any course.


Vishakapatnam is leading this frontier by developing new projects in the city for beautification, public parks and various projects undertaken to set a benchmark in design, development and public awareness and sensitivity. Under such projects one of the park has been developed keeping in mind the requirements for special children who seem to be enjoying and having a good time everyday in such park.

Popularity of that park has raised curiousity in other city administrators and Commissioners who seem to be interested in replicating similar projects in their own cities. We must set such benchmark in every front of development and implementation in projects across India.

Similar large scale park is being developed with facility for skating at national level by the same team. Along with local plants and greenery, design and astetics are given prime importance. Such projects boost the morale of city dwellers and create a positive vibe for the future.


Pune is leading in technology implementation under Smart cities. Pune has implemented Emergency Call Boxes which are attended and managed by a central help centre. Any kind of Emergencies are attended by a call and immediate action taken via various departments in place.

Entire city is under observation via centrally managed system and every occasion is planned for. Any traffic movement is routed via centrally managed display hoardings.


Varanasi is leading the change in restoring archeological sites and monuments of cultural importance. Once such project near the Ganga river is go restore a temple and build a complex which is connected to the river directly. Major services will be upgraded to latest modern technology and services like online darshan, pre-booking, personalized guide and similar are available.

Development across various cities and projects under taken to improve the functioning of cities along with public participation is bringing some of the cities to global standards and similar projects are replicated by smaller cities in frontiers of energy, transportation, digitization, cleanliness, hygiene, emergency and healthcare services and centrally operated services.

India is changing with it’s cities becoming smarter and people adopting new technologies. In times to come, some of the cities will be the leaders in many frontiers and set benchmark in city functioning. We wish to see many more such projects unfold and provide comfort to the citizens.

Things you must do in heavy monsoon and flood-like situation

  • Look before you leave on Maps
  • Do not panic if you find any route blocked or in water
  • Try to avoid street roads or shortcut roads. Take main roads and known roads.
  • Don’t go out unless necessary
  • Keep yourself updated with the situation by local newspaper, local news channels and your contacts in the city
  • Order online for things that you can
  • If you are stuck in somewhere, follow the herd and avoid taking any individual route. Follow the basics. Keep sanity and stick to the norms.
  • If you find anywhere water is sipping or rushing fast, avoid going that side.
  • Use a stick or some support, if you are walking in water. Keep high alert and keep calm.
  • Keep contact of emergency numbers handy like local fire station, rescue helpline, NDRF helpline, Ambulance and Police. As well as corporation helpline.

Surat Weir-cum-Causeway is closed now August 2020

13-August-2020 Causeway is closed. Water level in Tapi is flowing at 7.61m

12-August-2020 Causeway is closed. And flowing at 6.69m compared to threshold level at 6m.

DateCauseway Level
14-Aug-2020 4pm8.01m
15-Aug-2020 6am8.51m

July 2020 – Causeway is open.

Mar 24, 2020 – Causeway is closed due to spread of COVID-19 Corona virus.

December 2019 – Causeway is open now. Birds are visiting the area.

As of November 4, 2019 water level at causeway is around 8m and the status of causeway is closed.

Surat 30 July 2019 : Weir-cum-Causeway connecting Rander and Singapore areas of Surat is closed for public. Causeway water limit is 6 meters. Currently causeway is overflowing at 6.42 meters, due to which it is closed for public.

Causeway holds water for the people of Surat, which is situated near Rander-Singanpore area. This causeway is used to cross the Tapi River during the normal conditions. When the water is near to or above 6m, the causeway is closed for public as it becomes quite dangerous to cross.

Seagulls in Tapi River near Causeway, Surat
Seagulls in Tapi River near Causeway, Surat

Live status of causeway is provided on Surat Municipal Corporation website as well as Google Maps. Displays which have been put on various BRTS bus stops, traffic signal crossings and some important junctures in city provide the live status of causeway as well as various other details of temperature, air quality status and other important statistics.

Causeway was closed from July to November 2019.

Causeway closed from March 24, 2020 due to spread of Global Pandemic Covid 19. Surat was in lockdown mode from 22 March 2020. Now India has been lockdown for 21 days from March 25, 2020

You can check the Live Status Here.

You can check on Google Maps as shown below

Weir-Cum-Causeway is closed.
Weir-Cum-Causeway is closed.

Travel safe in Surat and check news before you plan going out in and around Surat during Monsoon.

Is it raining in Surat ?

Daily weather update from Surat


Heavy rainfall early morning. Later during the day no rainfall. Evening some sunshine was seen.

Date/TimeLevel (ft)Est. Inflow (cusec)Est. Outflow (cusec)
24/08/2020 22:00333.45159942.00131102.00
24/08/2020 20:00333.41145522.00131102.00
24/08/2020 18:00333.39174399.00131138.00
24/08/2020 16:00333.33174299.00131038.00
24/08/2020 14:00333.28159882.00131041.00
24/08/2020 12:00333.24159851.00130912.00
24/08/2020 10:00333.20145338.00130918.00
24/08/2020 08:00333.18145338.00130918.00
24/08/2020 06:00333.15159756.00130818.00
23/08/2020 24:00332.95217043.00130424.00
Ukai Dam Level and Inflow Outflow statistics
Date/TimeLevel (mt)Est. Outflow (cusec)
24/08/2020    22:009.23218981.00
24/08/2020    20:009.25220797.00
24/08/2020    18:009.25220797.00
24/08/2020    16:009.25220797.00
24/08/2020    14:009.26221705.00
24/08/2020    12:009.26221705.00
24/08/2020    10:009.27222613.00
24/08/2020    08:009.29224429.00
24/08/2020    06:009.32227153.00
23/08/2020    24:009.22218073.00
Date/TimeTotal Rainfall (mm)
24/08/2020    22:001754.00
24/08/2020    20:001754.00
24/08/2020    18:001754.00
24/08/2020    16:001754.00
24/08/2020    14:001754.00
24/08/2020    12:001754.00
24/08/2020    10:001754.00
24/08/2020    08:001735.00
24/08/2020    06:001734.00
23/08/2020    24:001680.00


It’s been raining whole day.

Date/TimeLevel (ft)Est. Inflow
Est. Outflow
23/08/2020 20:00332.66245843.00115962.00
23/08/2020 18:00332.51158809.00115450.00
23/08/2020 16:00332.46126883.00112463.00
23/08/2020 14:00332.45109446.00109446.00
23/08/2020 12:00332.41142412.0084633.00
23/08/2020 10:00332.34114759.0085919.00
23/08/2020 08:00332.31100339.0085919.00
23/08/2020 06:00332.29100345.0085925.00
22/08/2020 24:00332.29109989.00124508.00
22/08/2020 22:00332.31110111.00124532.00
Ukai Dam Level and Inflow Outflow statistics
Date/TimeTotal Rainfall (mm)
23/08/2020    20:001656.00
23/08/2020    18:001656.00
23/08/2020    16:001648.00
23/08/2020    14:001637.00
23/08/2020    12:001627.00
23/08/2020    10:001614.00
23/08/2020    08:001600.00
23/08/2020    06:001572.00
22/08/2020    24:001530.00
22/08/2020    22:001507.00
Rainfall in Surat


It’s been raining for major part of the day. Ganesh Chaturti celebrations start. Only celebrations at homes. No society or outside gatherings.


Water resided from areas near Parvat Patiya and Limbayat after water subsided from Mithi Kadhi after 5-6 days. SMC cleaning staff has started working on warfront in cleaning all areas which were under water to avoid any kind of diseases prone from waterlogging.

However Bhedwad creek went overflow today and waterlogging was reported in areas surrounding Bhedwad creek. Especially areas like Nagsen Nagar in Pandesara Gam where nearly 1000 houses are located were reported under water upto 1-3 ft deep. Heavy rainfall in upstream and Surat has led to overflow of the creek.

Date TimeDam
Level (ft)
21/08/2020 06:00333.0659912.0074312.00
20/08/2020 24:00333.1959517.00146137.00
20/08/2020 22:00333.3159697.00147317.00
20/08/2020 20:00333.4474905.00175945.00
20/08/2020 18:00333.5789705.00176227.00
20/08/2020 16:00333.68118675.00176356.00
20/08/2020 14:00333.76118718.00176497.00
20/08/2020 12:00333.84118856.00176635.00
20/08/2020 10:00333.92123485.00166745.00
20/08/2020 08:00333.98123459.00166817.00
Ukai Dam Level and Inflow Outflow statistics
Date/TimeLevel (mt)Est. Outflow (cusec)
21/08/2020  06:009.14210809.00
20/08/2020  24:009.24219889.00
20/08/2020  22:009.24219889.00
20/08/2020  20:009.24219889.00
20/08/2020  18:009.20216252.00
20/08/2020  16:009.14210809.00
20/08/2020  14:009.08205361.00
20/08/2020  12:009.00198097.00
20/08/2020  10:008.89191078.00
20/08/2020 08:008.84187898.00


Est. Inflow
Est. Outflow
16/08/2020 20:00334.1597727.0097727.00
16/08/2020 18:00334.15107932.0093512.00
16/08/2020 16:00334.12119017.0090176.00
16/08/2020 14:00334.07136776.0093515.00
16/08/2020 12:00334.01143395.0085616.00
16/08/2020 10:00333.93124864.0067183.00
16/08/2020 08:00333.83142742.0056123.00
16/08/2020 06:00333.71142718.0056058.00
15/08/2020 24:00333.35128067.0055966.00
15/08/2020 22:00333.25128162.0055962.00
Ukai Dam Level and Inflow Outflow statistics


Level (ft)
15/08/2020 14:00332.79108667.0050986.00
15/08/2020 12:00332.72108201.0064843.00
15/08/2020 10:00332.6699425.0070585.00
15/08/2020 08:00332.6384944.0070524.00
15/08/2020 06:00332.6185042.0070524.00
14/08/2020 24:00332.5580592.0066172.00
14/08/2020 22:00332.5384921.0070501.00
14/08/2020 20:00332.5184921.0070501.00
14/08/2020 18:00332.44185916.0070456.00
14/08/2020 16:00332.3284791.0070371.00
Ukai Dam Level and Inflow Outflow statistics
Date/TimeCause Way Level (mt)
15/08/2020    14:008.33
15/08/2020    12:008.35
15/08/2020    10:008.38
15/08/2020    08:008.38
15/08/2020    06:008.51
14/08/2020    24:008.64
14/08/2020    22:008.62
14/08/2020    20:008.46
14/08/2020    18:008.28
14/08/2020    16:008.01
Surat Causeway Level

Miniflood – Khadipoor

Flood like situation in low lying areas around Creeks

14-Aug-2020 Total rain as of 4pm today – 1284mm. Causeway is flowing at 8.01m and Ukai Dam level is 332.32ft with 84791 cusecs inflow and 70371 cusecs outflow. Low lying areas near the Mithikhadi and the areas surrounding the creek-bridge have overflown and submerged in knee deep water. Roads were blocked in Morning.

The Trajectory of Mithikhadi River and the areas where water logging is reported
Level at
Level at
Khankra6.50 m6.60 m6.60 m
Bhedwad6.75 m7.00 m6.70 m
Mithikhadi7.50 m8.90 m9.00 m
Bhatena7.70 m7.00 m6.50 m
Simada5.50 m5.50 m5.40 m
Data as published in Gujarat Samachar for 14-Aug-2020

13-Aug-2020 It is raining since two days heavily for whole day. As of today evening 5pm – total rain is 1146mm. Causeway is flowing at 7.61 m. And Ukai dam level is at 331ft. Waterlogged near areas of Mithikhadi Creek like Bharat cancer BRTS road, Parvat Gaon near Saraswati Hindi Mahavidyalay and similar areas in Limbayat.

12-Aug-2020 It has been raining continuously for the last 4 days. Every morning and late night it rains heavily and during the day it rains mildly or sporadically. Today morning it is raining heavily. Total rain till now – 970 mm. Causeway is closed and at 6.69 m at 6am today. Ukai Dam level is 330ft.

24-July-2020 It rained heavily last night. Over 50mm (2inches) of rainfall was registered across all zones of Surat. Total rainfall till now is 714mm.

20-July-2020 It did not rain today in Surat. There has been very almost no rain in the last 3 days. Total rainfall till now is 623mm. It is New Moon day (Amavasya)

17-July-2020 It did not rain in Surat today. Total rainfall in Surat till now is 621mm.

17-July-2020 Weather is clear in Surat compared to last week

15 July 2020 555 mm rainfall has been observed till today.

11-July-2020 Double Rainbow observed in Surat.

Janmashtami 2020 – The Celebrations of Krishna Birth

Krishna Janmashtami is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. It is observed according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha in Shraavana or Bhadrapad, which overlaps with August or September of the Gregorian calendar.

This year – Janmashtami falls on 12-Aug-2020

The celebrations are being done on family level and most of them either celebrating with a Krishna idol in cradle or dressing their little kids as young Krishna.

Overall ambiance has uplifted due to the celebrations and it is going to increase with more festivals in line.

Krishna is considered to be the avatar of Vishnu, one of the Trinity – other two being Shiv and Brahma.

The Purpose of Birth

Krishna’s avatar was responsible for curbing the evil spread by Kansh who happens to be his maternal uncle. The birth story of Krishna involves lot of hurdles which his parents being put in prison and how he escapes it in a magical way. The Leela of Krishna starts from early childhood and continues until he plays a crucial role in the Kuruskshetra war between Pandavs and Kauravs.

Krishna has provided baseline lessons regarding every phase of life and also preached about the right way to live :

  • He has shown by example of his life.
  • He overcame his situations and became the master of it.
  • He faced innate difficulties yet always showcased positivity.
  • He was a guide in true sense.
  • He was a warrior in his own life.
  • He was a musician – playing beautiful music on flute.
  • He was a king. He was a ruler of Dwarka. He was a good friend to Sudhama.
  • He was a charmer in love and relationships.

He has so many names based on his Leelas and roles he has taken in his life. And he has left behind a blueprint for living social life. He has given his teachings in the form of Geeta – The Bhagavad Geeta – one of the finest lessons of life. It is said that all answers lie within it. One who seeks will find it.

Krishna belief has transformed India in ways that has never happened. Places like Mathura, Vrindavan and Dwarka are associated with Krishna. These places are considered to be Religious spots and are revoured deeply by the people of India.

Dwarka is considered to be one of the “Char Dham” – places of prime religious importance. The Char Dham are located in different directions of India forming a logical geographical boundary. Badrinath in the North, Jagannath Puri in the East, Rameshwaram in the South and Dwarka in the West.

The disciples of Krishna are huge and follow various interdisciplinary ideologies based in location and the era they belong to. Similar one modern belief group of Krishna – ISKCON is internationally famous and followed across countries around the world. The people who seek peace and harmony, find the answers and way through the consciousness.

The beauty of the Life of Krishna has lessons which are timeless, priceless and very much relevant in modern times. We can seek and find ways to uplift our social, personal and professional lives.

May you find the path you seek – by consciousness.

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