Bopal

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Not to be confused with Bhopal.
Bopal
બોપલ
Bopal is located in Gujarat
Bopal
Bopal
Coordinates: 23°01′55″N 72°28′04″E / 23.032011°N 72.467816°E / 23.032011; 72.467816Coordinates: 23°01′55″N 72°28′04″E / 23.032011°N 72.467816°E / 23.032011; 72.467816
Country India
State Gujarat
District Ahmadabad
Government
 • Type Municipality
Population (2011)
 • Total 34,030[1]
Languages
 • Official Gujarati, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration GJ-1-XX-XXXX

Bopal (earlier a satellite town & Gram Panchayat) is a municipality in the Ahmedabad district of India, state of Gujarat. Bopal and its neighbouring village Ghuma have been merged and granted a 'municipality' status in February 2015. In the first elections held in November 2015, the BJP won 35 out of 36 seats and formed a government in Bopal municipality.[3]

Bopal was earlier a part of Ahmedabad-Rural. For vidhansabha electoral purposes, it falls under Ghatlodiya election-area.

The area was governed by a Gram Panchayat. The last Gram Sarpanch was Mr. Dinesh Dabhi of BJP-backed Sadbhavna Panel.[4][5]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[6] Bopal had a population of 12,181. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Bopal has an average literacy rate of 80%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 84% and female literacy of 75%.

As of 2011 census, Bopal which had the population of 12,181 in 2001, today houses 34,030 people.[7]

Infrastructure[edit]

Bopal experienced a growth in infrastructure the last 5 to 7 years.

The newly formed Bopal-Ghuma nagarpalika has rolled out schemes worth Rs 38 crore in the first instalment.[8] Of this, Rs 20 crore is for drinking water, Rs 10 crore for drainage and Rs 5 crore for treatment of solid waste, and the rest for other development works.

The multiplex theatre City Gold was built in this time. BRTS route has end-mile connectivity till Ghuma, that goes from Iskon to Bopal-Ambli road to Ghuma via Bopal Cross Roads. This route includes a direct line from the Shivranjini cross-roads to the Bopal roundabout. The government was criticized for spending Rs. 5 crores for building a road and then 6 months later, digging it up all over again for laying the BRTS route.[9]

Since 2005 many new properties have come up on & around Basant Bahar Road (Some people call it Gala Gymkhana Road) as well as the Bopal-Ghuma 4 km stretch. Village Ghuma and Bopal are very close - it is hard to differentiate. The South Bopal Area (popularly known as SoBo) has become a hotspot of Bopal area. The well-known road of North Bopal area is the 'Chocolate' road which passes goes through Bopal lake, DPS, ISRO (Indian Space Research Org) colony, GEB Electrical supply office, and connects with Shela Road.

A Community Health Center (CHC) is functional since June 2015.[10]

The state-of-the-art Krishna Heart Center is also located in Ghuma.

There are high number of private and public sector banks in the area (HDFC BANK at Bopal Main circle, ICICI Bank, State Bank of India, Bank of India, Dena Bank, Bank of Baroda, Axis Bank, Kalupur Bank, Punjab National Bank, Bank Of India and most recently Oriental Bank of Commerce.)

Drinking water has high Total Dissolved Solids. A 2005 study of 10 residential areas in Ahmedabad city found that Bopal has the highest SC (Specific Conductivity), Fluoride content and Chloride content in ground water, making it necessary for most of the dwellers to use Reverse Osmosis purified water.[11]

Drainage line was a big problem but now local authorities AUDA have completed drainage facilities and most of the properties in Bopal are now connected with drainage line. Also Rain Water pipe line has been constructed. AUDA also initiated to widen the roads in Bopal.

The main road connecting Ghuma and Bopal with S.P. Ring Road nowadays observes very high traffic during office hours in morning as well as evening.

The AUDA has declared that a flyover will be constructed on SP Ring Road at the Bopal Cross Roads.[12] This will surely ease traffic flow at the junction in the coming years. The flyover construction work has commenced after monsoon 2014 and is underway.

It is expected in early 2015 that Bopal may emerge as a key residential location due to its proximity to the business districts in Prahladnagar and along the S.G. Highway, and improving physical infrastructure in the region.[13]

Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority has proposed to construct 2500 homes in Bopal area by 2016 for people from different income groups as a part of social development initiative [14]

The rapid urbanisation and growing population have increased criminal activities in Bopal & Ghuma. The Gujarat Police has been inadequate in serving the expanding security needs of these regions and is trying to cope by deploying additional police personnel.[15]

Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority plans to develop a sewage treatment plant around the residential affordable housing (RAH) zone that will supply treated water to Bopal and Ghuma lakes.[16]

The development has also led to Bopal Crossroads becoming one of the most polluted areas in Ahmedabad city.[17]

Education[edit]

Bopal, Ghuma and nearby areas has many Gujarati & English medium self-financed and grant-in-aid schools.[18]

Self Financed English medium schools include Delhi Public School,Shivashish School, New Tulip International School, St. Ann's School, Shri Ram Vidhyalaya, Little Bard High School, Satyamev Jayate International School, Shri Ram Vidhyalaya, Zydus School of Excellence, Sanskardham.

Self Financed Gujarati medium schools include Shivashish Vidhyamandir, M K Patel High School, Ravi Madhyamik Shala, Sanskardham.

Grant in aid Gujarati medium schools include M A Patel High School, M A Patel Higher Secondary School.

Colleges include the Ahmedabad Homeopathic Medical College, College of Dental Science & Research Center, MICA (Mudra Institute of Communication & Advertising), Anant Institute of Architecture / Planning / Interior design, Ahmedabad Physiotherapy College and Khyati Foundation (Sciences, Law, Nursing, Physiotherapy).

Landmarks[edit]

There are two famous points, location Umiya Mata Temple and Sarkari Tubewell on Bopal Main Road - which has been made wider. The Bopal lake and Ghuma lake have also been developed in 2014, and these are attracting local visitors. Both these lakes are large in size and have a temple in the lake's center as an added attraction. Ghuma lake had caved-in in 2013 [19] and the redevelopment work is nearly complete as of early-2015..

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rajiv Shah (2011-06-28). "State villages moving towards urbanization: Census". The Times of India. Ahmedabad. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  2. ^ "Details of Post Office BOPAL, AHMEDABAD". 
  3. ^ TNN. "BJP wins 35 of 36 seats in Bopal-Ghuma". The Times of India. Ahmedabad. 
  4. ^ TNN. "BJP backed panel wins in Bopal". The Times of India. Ahmedabad. 
  5. ^ http://www.bopalgrampanchayat.com/
  6. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  7. ^ Rajiv Shah (2011-06-28). "State villages moving towards urbanization". Ahmedabad. Retrieved 2015-09-03. 
  8. ^ "Bopal-Ghuma panchayat rolls out schemes worth Rs 38 crore - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  9. ^ Jitendra Dave (2013-04-12). "Rs5 crore Bopal road to be dug up for BRTS in 6 months". Daily News and Analysis. Ahmedabad: DNA. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  10. ^ Piyush Mishra (2015-06-30). "CM dedicates community health centre at Bopal in Ahmedabad". The Times of India. Ahmedabad: TOI. Retrieved 2016-07-017.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  11. ^ J S Desai (June 2012). "Studies on Some Physico-Chemical and Microbiological Characteristic of Potable Water Used in Some Different Area of Ahmedabad in Gujarat" (PDF). Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences. ISSN 0975-8585. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 
  12. ^ "Bopal to breathe easy, courtesy Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (Auda) flyover", "DNA"
  13. ^ BS Reporter (2015-02-17). "New residential unit launches down by 24% in Ahmedabad". Business Standard. Ahmedabad. Retrieved 2015-02-26. 
  14. ^ "AUDA TO CONSTRUCT 2,500 HOUSES IN A YEAR". Ahmedabad Mirror. Ahmedabad. 2015-02-27. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  15. ^ Abhishek Samuel (2014-08-24). "1 cop: 10,000 residents in Bopal, Ghuma". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2015-02-18. 
  16. ^ Kuldeep Tiwari (2015-09-26). "TREATED WATER TO FILL LAKES, IRRIGATE PLANTS". Ahmedabad Mirror. Ahmedabad. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  17. ^ "How polluted is my City - Ahmedabad Mirror -". Ahmedabad Mirror. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  18. ^ "School Data For Gujrat Secondary And Higher Secondary Education Board". 
  19. ^ Dilip Patel (2013-12-19). "Ghuma Lake's walls cave in, Expose AUDA's shoddy job". The Times of India. Ahmedabad. Retrieved 2015-09-03.