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SURAT COVID19 RELIEF MEASURES BY SMC & NGOs

WHO DECLARES COVID-19 AS GLOBAL PANDEMIC

SMC officials and various teams from all departments are working on war front in response to COVID 19 global pandemic. Along with the help from local NGOs and seva santhas, SMC has taken up round the clock relief measures to provide shelter to the homeless and needy, along with food for the hungry and Low Income Groups(LIG). Distribution of various food kits and necessary essentials were done at various SMC schools which are transformed into Help Care Centres.

21 DAYS LOCKDOWN IN INDIA

Novel coronavirus lead COVID-19 disease has been declared as global pandemic by WHO. In response to curb the spread of this disease, worldwide countries have restricted movement of citizens and undergone lockdown as per the severity and emergency situations. India has announced 21 days lockdown to restrict the spread of COVID-19. Due to lockdown situation, most of the low income group and daily wagers are the most impacted. To take of them as well as homeless in this condition government of Gujarat along with the central goverment guidelines has arranged for various relief camps and food distribution centres.

RELIEF CENTRES IN SURAT BY SMC & NGOs

Surat Municipal Corporation has taken up this task at war-front like alertness with use of technology and innovative ideas to respond this crisis. SMC has transformed various SMC schools into relief camps and food kit distribution centres. In regards to this SMC has set up 20 Relief Centres all over the city including 5 in Varachha-A Zone, 1 in Varachha-B Zone, 7 in Central Zone, 2 in Katargam Zone, 1 in Limbayat Zone, 1 in Rander Zone, 2 in Udhna Zone and 1 in Athwa Zone.

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Needy people will be provided food along with shelter in this relief centres. Guidelines related to social distance to avoid spread of infection are also shared with inmates. As of 3rd April 2020 around 5700 people have been provided shelter in this camps.

DISTRIBUTION OF KITS AT RELIEF CENTRES

JHANGIRBAD, RANDER

UGAT ZHOPADPATI

ADAJAN GAM ZHUPADPATI

KHATODRA SCHOOL # 45

PARVAT GAAM, SCHOOL 304

VIRAM NAGAR, SCHOOL 178

MAGOB SCHOOL 302, PARVAT PATIYA

KRISHNA NAGAR , SCHOOL 98

RAMDEV NAGAR

REIN PATEL NAGAR

SUMAN SCHOOL 5, NILGIRI CIRCLE

KRISHNA NAGAR, KAPODRA

PANDURANGA KONKOJE SCHOOL, AMROLI

HALPATAVIS, DAMAN FALIYU

MOHAN NI CHAL

BHIM NAGAR

NEHRU NAGAR

EAST ZONE SCHOOL #136 / 143

SPINNING MILL, SCHOOL 251

KHODIYAR NAGAR, BHATAR

DONATIONS

INDIA

Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance & Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) fund has been announced for donation related to COVID-19 pandemic response.

SURAT

SMC has distributed official bank account details for donations from dignitaries and public.

DO YOUR BIT

  • Stay At Home. Practice Social Distancing. Go out only if necessary.
  • Eat healthy and reduce waste. Cook what you can eat.
  • Help those in need in whichever way you can by maintaining social distancing or using electronic media.
  • Don’t over stock any essentials. Supply will be maintained, as seen.
  • Stay in touch with your loved ones via calls / video calls. Share love and care.
  • Stay away from rumors. Watch your favourite shows & movies.
  • Do light exercises at home. Do Yoga or Meditation for better experience.

APPRECIATION

SMC Officials are working across the clock with vigilance, alertness and timely updates to citizens. All the teams involved in this work from SMC, Police Force, NGOs, Tracking Team, Healthcare, Cleanliness, Sanitization, Emergency Squads and all the workforce involved directly and indirectly, deserve an appreciation for keeping Surat Safe in this difficult situation. Surat stands strong as always. Share your appreciation in comments below or on social media. #ThankyouSMC #ThankyouSuratPolice


If you find any valuable information regarding COVID-19 or have any details of people in need or difficulty please share below in comments. Information is provided by @mySuratmySMC on timely basis on twitter.

Tapi River

Tapi River is one the 10 longest rivers, stretching at 724km starting in central India and flowing towards the west into Gulf of Khambhat.

Tapi River also called as Tapati, daughter of Sun God, starts it journey in Satpura range, in Multai and then flows through parts of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra then finally going through Gujarat. It passes through Dhuliya, Burhanpur, Bhusawal and Surat.

Around 8 dams have been constructed over Tapi River, out of which Ukai Dam is prominent and houses a large reservoir as well as a Power Plant.

Tapi River is one of the few Rivers in India which flow from East to West, while all the other rivers flow from West to East. Other rivers like Narmada, Mahi and Sabarmati also flow from East to West.

Tapi River flows right into the city of Surat and then finally reaches it’s end point Magdalla-Hazira where it merges with Arabian Sea. Near by Dumas Beach is an attraction point for many tourists and locals.

Tapi River is home to many migratory birds like Flamingoes, Seagulls and other birds like Cranes. Many small mangrooves can be spotted during it’s flow in Surat.

Many temples are built near river bed in the villages and cities located in it’s path. Surat Fort was built during the British rule in India is located on River Tapi.

Tapi River provides fresh drinking water to the citizens of Surat. Many water treatment plants have been built by Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) which then send fresh water to Surat and near by villages using many Water Pumping Stations. There are many canals built in and out of Tapi River, prominent being the Ukai-Kakrapar canal which stretches across the Surat district.

Tapi River has long history of being flooded on many occasions in several decades and has caused lost of damage to Surat multiple times. Flood of August 2006 is marked as of the worst floods in history of the city.

Bridges over Tapi River in Surat

  • Savjibhai Korat Bridge
  • Kapodra-Utran Bridge
  • Amroli Bridge
  • Dabholi-Jahangirpura Bridge
  • Chandrasekhar Azad Bridge
  • Nehru Bridge
  • Hope Bridge
  • Makkai Pool (Bridge)
  • Sardar Bridge
  • Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Cable Stayed Bridge
  • Magdalla ONGC Bridge

What makes Indore the cleanest city in India

Indore has been ranked as the cleanest city in India as per the Swach Surveskhan 2019. This is the third time in a row, Indore has been ranked no. 1 in the survey conducted across 100s of cities in India.

Indore (1 Rank out of 485 cities) overcame the issues of treatment and segregation of waste and went on to become the cleanest city of the country in Swachh Survekshan 2018. Indore has used the best technology for composting of the bulk organic waste that is produced almost every day in Sabzi Mandis. Asia’s largest bio-methanation plant has also been built in Indore.

Here is a video that shows what makes Indore the cleanest city in India.


Indore (1 Rank out of 485 cities) overcame the issues of treatment and segregation of waste and went on to become the cleanest city of the country in Swachh Survekshan 2018. Indore has used the best technology for composting of the bulk organic waste that is produced almost every day in Sabzi Mandis. Asia’s largest bio-methanation plant has also been built in Indore. Courtesy: Swachh Bharat Urban
Song to inspire the people of Indore, to keep their city clean

Top 20 cities in India, Swachh Survekshan 2019 overall ranking

RANKCITY NAMESCORE
#1Indore4659.09
#2Ambikapur4394.09
#3Mysore4378.54
#4Ujjain4244.47
#5New Delhi (NDMC)4190.52
#6Ahmedabad4137.43
#7Navi Mumbai4128.85
#8Tirupati4024.61
#9Rajkot4000.15
#10Dewas3967.61
#11Bhilai Nagar3929.48
#12Vijayawada3882.46
#13Ghaziabad3877.43
#14Surat3860.66
#15Jamshedpur3805.72
#16Kolhapur3803.28
#17Khargone3798.34
#18Nagda3794.48
#19Bhopal3793.68
#20Chandigarh3787.09

Indore ranks #1 in overall ranking consecutively for the 3rd time. Surat ranks 14, same as the last year. Ambikapur from Chhattisgarh, stands beside Indore. Mysuru gets 3rd position.

Swachh Survekshan 2019, was covered 4237 Cities spanning upto 6.53 lakh survey locations, impacting over 43 crore, making it World’s Largest Cleanliness survey

source : Swachh Survekshan 2019 report

Source : Swachh Survekshan 2019 report

Heritage Sites Circuit in Surat | Travel Guide

HERITAGE SITES IN SURAT

HISTORY

History of Surat, dates back to around 16th century during those times it was known as Suryapur. The historic monuments like Surat Fort and Gopi Talav, tell the story of Surat along with the notes by some of the travellers like Barbosa, who noted the proceedings of Sultan of Gujarat in his travel notes. However difficult it may be to trace the exact details of the history back then, this monuments definitely speak to us in the language only a traveller can understand.

CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

AttractionYearSynopsis
Gopi Talav1510Gopi Talav was built in around 1510 by Malik Gopi, who was an affluent merchant and governor of Surat
during the Mughal Empire.
Surat Castle1546The construction of the castle was completed
in 1546 by Safi Agha, under the ruling of
Ahmedabad king Sultan Mahmood III
Mughal Sarai1644It was built during the period of
Mugal Emperor Shah Jahan
in the year 1644 A.D. and was popularly
known as ‘Mugal Sarai’ (Travellers Inn).
Andrew’s Library1850Andrew’s Library was opened on 1st July 1850
Narmad House1866Saraswati Mandir was built by Narmad in 1866,
renamed as Narmad House after the restoration
work by SMC
Gandhi Bagh1870Rani Baug, presently Gandhi Baug
inaugurated by Municipality in 1870
Clock Tower1870Clock Tower was erected in 1870
Hope Bridge1877Inauguration of Hope Bridge – 1877

HERITAGE CIRCUIT MAP

Heritage Circuit Route Map

MONUMENTS

Clock Tower

  • Clock Tower is on the Station-Chowk main road and will be one of the first things you will be noticing when you go around on this route.
    • It was constructed in 1871 by Khan Bahadoor Burjorjee Merwanjee Fraser at the cost of Rs 14000 in the memory of his father Merwanjee Hormusjee Fraser and for the convenience of the inhabitants of Surat. Know More
    • Timings
      • Clock Tower is on the main road, opened to be viewed from the outside, anytime.
    • Fees
      • It’s Free.
    • Notes
      • Insides of the Tower is currently not opened for public.

Narmad House

  • Narmad Dave was a poet, philosopher, writer, social reformer in Surat. He composed, Jai Jai Garvi Gujarat, which is the state song of Gujarat.
  • He built Saraswati Mandir in 1866.
  • It got lost in the time, later renovated by SMC. Know More
  • Timings
    • 8 am to 8 pm on regular days.
    • On Mondays and public holidays – 8 am to 2 pm
  • Fees
    • Free.
  • Notes
    • It is a heritage site as well as library, maintain decorum of the place.

Mughal Sarai

  • The Building which is used at present as an office complex by Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) is one of the ancient monuments of Surat city and was built originally as a ‘Sarai’ or Musafarkhana (travellers’ inn). Know More
    • It was built during the period of Mugal Emperor Shah Jahan in the year 1644 A.D. and was popularly known as ‘Mugal Sarai’.
    • Since 1867 the building was occupied by the present corporation.
    • Timings
      • Suggested timings : 10 am to 6 pm
    • Fees
      • Free. This is not just another tourist attraction. So please follow the norms of place.
    • Notes
      • It is administrative office of SMC. It is not open for public exploration. You can walk around and look at the beauty of this place.

Andrew’s Library

  • Library was established on 1st July 1850 and named after Andrew.
    • This library got destroyed during the floods in 2005. Know More.
    • Timings
      • Tuesday to Saturday  9am to 1pm & 3pm to 7pm
      • Sunday 9am to 1pm. Library is closed on Monday.
    • Fees
      • Free
    • Notes
      • It is only open to see from outside. Insides not open for public exploration, yet you can enjoy the mesmerizing architecture from the outside.

Surat Castle

  • Surat Fortwas built in 1546 by Safi Agha, who was appointed by Ahmedabad king Sultan Mahmood-III. This fort was built for protection against the attack of constant invaders. Know More.
    • The fort is now restorted by SMC and the new makeover look is called as Surat Castle. The beauty of this place is mesmerizing.
    • Timings
      • Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
      • Fort remains closed on Monday and major holidays.
    • Ticket Fees
      • 3 Years to 16 Years       Rs.20/-
      • 17 Years to 60 Years     Rs.40/-
      • Above 60 Years             Rs.20/-
      • Photography                 Rs.20/-
      • Videography                 Rs.100/-
    • Notes
      • Ticket selling is open only till 4:30 pm

Hope Bridge – Heritage Walkway

  • Hope Bridge was built on Tapi river by Sir Theodre Hope, when he was district collector and magistrate.
    • The bridge’s foundation was laid in 1874 and it was completed in 1877.
    • The bridge was dismantled in 2015 and replaced by new bridge keeping the old design of Hope Bridge intact. Know More
    • Timings
      • Suggested Timings : Sunrise – Sunset.
    • Fees
      • Free.
    • Notes
      • It is a public place. Do not litter. Enjoy the view of Tapi River and birds.

Gandhi Baug (Gandhi Garden)

  • This is a public garden built in the year 1870.
    • Currently it is managed by SMC. Just beside this garden, you can enjoy shopping in Sunday Fair, which is open only on Sundays.
    • Timings
      • Suggested Timings : 6am to 9pm.
    • Fees
      • Free.
    • Notes
      • It is a public place. Do not litter.

Gopi Talav

  • Gopi Talav, the water reservoir was constructed around 1510 A.D. by Malik Gopi, who was a leading merchant of surat and cheif vazir of Gujarat Sultanate. Know More.
    • Gopi Talav was a source of water supply for the population till 1673 A.D. Later lost it’s place in time. In 2015, it was renovated by Surat Municipal Corporation as “Lake Garden”.
    • Timings
      • 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Suggested to visit in evenings.
    • Ticket Fees
      • Kids        Rs.10/-
      • Adults Rs.20/-
      • Parking Rs 10 for 2 wheelers, 20 for 4 wheelers.
    • Notes
      • It is crowded on weekends and festive seasons.

HERITAGE CIRCUIT ON GOOGLE MAPS

Hope Bridge | Heritage Walkway in Surat, India

Surat is surrounded by Tapi river as the warm hug of mother nature. Sometimes it has shown anger to it’s kid and many times enormous love and care. Part of Surat City lies on the other side of river and hence the need for having a bridge keeps coming up frequently. Today we have more than double digits bridge across Tapi River, but one of the earlier bridges “The Hope Bridge” was build during the 1870s in British era.

Hope Bridge was built on Tapi river by Sir Theodre Hope, when he was district collector and magistrate. The bridge’s foundation was laid in 1874 and it was completed in 1877. The bridge was dismantled in 2015 and replaced by new bridge keeping the old design of Hope Bridge intact.

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Hope Bridge connects Adajan & Rander areas to Chowk area. This bridge was heavily used back then. Since a decade or so, the bridge got damaged to an extent it was unviable for public use. Hence, Surat Municipal Corporation took over the restoration and rebuilding of new bridge similar in look to the old one with more design elements. The new Heritage Walkway bridge was open to public on 3rd April, 2015. Since then this bridge has become a favorite spot for nature lovers and people are often seen enjoying the beauty of Tapi River, birds and sunset during the evenings.

Attached to this bridge, there is a fully functional Nehru bridge, which currently connects Rander-Chowk route. Surat Castle and Andrew’s Library are just few 100m away from this bridge.

HERITAGE SITES


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