Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Prozone to start Saral Bazaar soon

Address for Saral bazaar - 

The concept is very popular with the tourists as well as the local visitors. The street markets are unique in every way as they bring alive the local and cultural flavour of the city and have also shown high capital appreciation in many parts of the world.Saral Bazaar will be like a community street market which will offer for sale small shops of 80-150 sqft to local small businessmen and a stepping stone to new start-up who otherwise do not get an opportunity to be part of a large mall. 

The bazaar will offer a powerful retail interaction in a safe, secure and hassle-free environment and a unique shopping experience. The bazaar will offer products like imitation jewellery, utensils, cutlery, mobile, mobile accessories, laundry, medical store, photo studio, courier services, tailor, alterations, stationary, gift articles, newspaper vendor, magazine stall, saloon, cycle shop, florist, key makers, ice cream and other such articles. Saral Bazaar is a development by Prozone CSC (India). Prozone CSC is a listed Indian Real Estate company promoted by Provogue (I) Ltd. and Capital Shopping Centres PLC, UK.News-LT

Soha Ali throws open jewellery showroom

Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan inaugurated the P N Gadgil jewellery showroom at Cidco here on Sunday.

Shiv Sena MP Chandrakant Khaire, directors Dajikaka Gadgil, Saurabh Gadgil, Parag Gadgil and others were present on the occasion. The dignitaries cut the ribbon and lighted the traditional lamp to throw open the showroom. The guests and the customers then had a glance at an array of jewellery items exhibited in the showroom. The spacious 6000 sq feet showroom has a wide range of traditional and modern gold ornaments including necklace, mangalsutra, chains, bangles and exclusive heritage section offering Jadau, Polki, Chakri diamonds and traditional Maharashtrian ornaments. People thronged the showroom right from 8 am. A band from Pune entertained people for nearly two and a half hours before the arrival of the guests to inaugurate the showroom.
Speaking on the occasion, director Saurabh Gadgil said, "It was the dream of the P N Gadgil Jewellers to open a showroom in the city, That dream has come true now. Our jewellery will be compliment to the Paithani saree that is woven here. I thank the customers for their faith in us and looking forward for support and response from the Aurangabadians," he said.News-LT

Friday, 4 May 2012

SCR fails to keep promise

South Central Railway proudly claims, 'Service with commitment, progress and pride' but today's incident has left hundreds of commuters with a feeling exactly opposite to the claims. The much hyped summer special No 07405 Aurangabad-Tirupati train was flagged off here today. But much to the shock of the commuters, the train had 16 coaches instead of 18 coaches, which was announced in the official press release signed by K.Samabsiva Rao, SCR Chief Public Relations Officer. Giving the composition of the train No 07405/06 the press release issued by Charles Herenz Nanded division PRO had clearly stated, that train composition—one coach of 2 tier AC, one of 3 tier AC, 8 coaches of 2nd Sleeper class, 6 General coaches, 2 SLRs — total 18 coaches.
The blunder did not stop here, based on this information the reservation counters between Aurangabad and Tirupati sold out tickets to hundreds of commuters willing to commute between the two destinations. Each 2nd sleeper class coach has the capacity to accommodate 72-74 commuters and this blunder by the railways has soured the journey of as many as 150 commuters heading to various destinations.
The train was flagged by Marathwada Railway Vikas Samiti president Omprakash Verma in the presence of railway officials and hundreds of commuters this evening.
Today when scores of commuters having confirmed tickets for train No 07405 reached the railway station to board the train only to receive a shock of their life that the tickets given to them are of the coach, which does not exist in reality. "We were shocked to learn that we were given the tickets of the coach which did not exist. We bought 6 confirmed tickets from the Aurangabad railway reservation counter and now the coach is missing," said Khalil-ullah Khan, who along with his family was heading to Secunderabad. While one devotee heading to Tirupati with old parents introduced himself as Suresh said, "When I learnt about it, I could not believe as I had purchased tickets from the reservation counter. Now, when I approached the railway officials asking solution to the problem, they are asking us to adjust in other coaches. This is inhuman, as I cannot travel this long to Tirupati with my ailing parents."
When contacted, Nanded division senior commercial manager Satyam Babu said, "We accept that it is our mistake but we cannot do anything as the headquarters (Secunderabad) had sent two less coaches. We are trying to do the best in the available sources and conveyed about the problem to the SCR headquarters." Satyam also assured that the two coaches will be added to the train during the halt at Secunderabad but he failed to give any satisfactory reason for the train sans two coaches.
When contacted station superintendent Ashok Nikam replied, "We cannot do much, as we had received two coaches. All we could do was to inform the higher authorities and adjust the stranded passengers in to other coaches."
"This incident has added one more sour experience to the long list of step-motherly treatment meted out to Aurangabad by the SCR. Even earlier the SCR had given a sub-standard shuttle train to the region and the new shuttle train meant for us was given to Secunderabad division," stated a railway NGO person on the condition of anonymity.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Now, Cycle your way to Ajanta Caves

Eco-friendly tourists and enthusiasts can now cycle their way to the world heritage site — Ajanta Caves — from next month.According to reliable sources, tourists will now be able to take a bicycle ride on the 4-km-long (one side) journey from the T-point to Ajanta Caves. A separate track dedicated for bicycles is being constructed along the existing tarred road.
The district administration during 2011-12 had tabled a proposal for a separate track for bicycles before the District Planning Committee (DPC), which has okayed it and the work of the bicycles track has already been started under the supervision of the PWD.When contacted, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) senior regional manager Chandrashekar Jaiswal did confirm the development, but directed this scribe to contact the office concerned. He, however, pointed out that the entry of private vehicles from the T-point was banned by the then district collector V Radha in 2002 and eco-friendly buses were introduced to carry tourists. "The aim behind the decision is to preserve and sustain the green cover around the world heritage site," he said, adding that the special buses are operated by the MSRTC.
According to Abrar Hussain, an approved tourist guide at Ajanta Caves, the world heritage site is being developed as a perfect eco-friendly destination. "The MTDC had banned entry of private vehicles at the base of the horse-shoe site of Ajanta Caves. Thanks to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), there is not a single mobile tower in its periphery. And now allowing tourists to ride bicycles is another welcome eco-friendly step," he said. The sources added that the district administration would be spending around Rs 4 crore on the construction of the bicycle track.
Bicycle craze in Aurangabad
Once upon a time, it was a craze among young FITs and economy class tourists to cycle their way to various places of interest in the city and heritage monuments like Bibi Ka Maqbara, Aurangabad Caves, Panchakki, museums and even Ellora and Khuldabad. Once the bicycle track is ready, the past will come alive, it is hoped.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Shahgunj Mandi in Aurangabad reduced to rubble

Shahgunj Mandi -- the only established source of procuring vegetables, fruits, dry fruits and spices for old city residents, has been reduced to rubble by the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). Surprisingly, the stay order given by the district sessions court for some of the shops was conveniently ignored by the AMC. With the demolition of the structure built way back in 1966, some of the educated traders from the market were found running from pillar to post with the copies of the stay order, while the remaining were cursing the officials for depriving them of the place that provided them their bread and butter. LT visited the site to have a first-hand experience of the situation.
The very entry to the site reminds one of the unpopular scenes of debris often shown on television sets from the war-torn countries like Afghanistan and Iraq. Many burqa-clad women buying vegetables and many other unfamiliar faces taking advantage of the situation and laying their hands on steel rods, bricks and other things, add a special effect to the imagination of a war-torn Afghanistan. The dust in association with the air formed a thick layer, minimising the visibility in broad daylight to mere few feet, obviously giving a tough time for visitors to inhale oxygen sans dust. This dust resulted from the overtime-working of many JCBs demolishing the market structure consisting 173 shops on a land that allegedly was never owned by the AMC!
"Our family of five brothers and their children had entirely been dependent on this market for the past 40 years. It took just a couple of days to ruin our bread earning place," says Shakil Choudhari, who is at the forefront of the legal process on behalf of the thousands of market dependents. Adding further Choudhari said, "We showed them the stay order copies, but neither the AMC officials nor the police paid any heed. We are sure there is a very big conspiracy in demolition of this strong and large structure as the AMC is not ready to follow the legal procedure."
It was also learnt that JCBs had to change the digging buckets multiple times while demolishing the structure, making the claims of the AMC that the structure had become very weak, to fall flat on the face. Many people were seen taking away steel rods and bricks from the debris using vehicles. A nearby scrap shop was readily buying the 16 mm high quality steel rods stolen from the debris, for a paltry Rs 20/kg.  Most of the regular vegetable vendors were in a deep state of shock, as they were totally dependent on the Mandi for their livelihood. "Bhapkar (AMC commissioner) held several meetings with the vegetable vendors and traders of Aurangpura market, made an alternate arrangement for them, but what about us?" asked distressed Ramesh Sable.Making serious allegations, Sable added, "Bhapkar is being biased to the people in Shahgunj area just because many Muslim traders and vendors operate here. For the last two days, I am giving just Rs 30 to my wife to meet the household expenses. It is very unfortunate that few AMC officials in connivance of wealthy builders are trying to make big money at the cost of poor people and we are sure destiny will make them pay for this."
Sable has been vending vegetables for more than four decades, along with her widow mother, and his five-member family totally depends on the earnings made by him.
"Vegetables are getting wasted for want of buyers for the last two days. For us now only bleak future awaits," said Sonabai Baburao, who even threatened to end her life if no solution was found out soon. Daily visitors to the market are also upset with the move of the AMC for not making an alternate arrangement for the old city residents to buy vegetables and necessary items. One such regular visitor, Mohammed Akmal Khan, an architect by profession said, "The decision of the AMC to demolish such a flourishing market without making an alternate arrangement, shows the far-sightedness of the civic body, apart from indicating its ulterior motives."
Adding further Khan said, "With no proper market in place, most of the vegetables are getting wasted, while the remaining vegetables are being sold at higher prices, making it more difficult for the common man already reeling under the blow of inflation." Some have even suggested that temporary market can be shifted to Shahgunj bus stand. Owing to the lack of space for vegetable vending, many poor vendors are sleeping all night along the roadside so that the place is used for vending vegetable next day.
There are tens of hundreds of such cases in Shahgunj Mandi, wherein the bread winners are not sure of tomorrow and are blaming their fate in addition to cursing the AMC officials.  Whatever may be the fate of the vegetable vendors, one thing is for sure that the demolition move will make cooking food more dearer for the residents.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Now, pay 'garbage tax, Aurangabad AMC

Civic body moots proposal to charge money for clearing garbage Under the residential category, the proposed user charges (annually) are Rs. 120 from each flat or bungalow owner and Rs. 60 each from a slum-dweller annually. In the commercial category, the AMC has proposed to collect Rs. 6,000 from function halls, theatres and lawns; Rs. 12,000 from shopping malls; Rs. 1,200 from government and semi-government and private offices. lokmat news service

The Solid Waste Management Cell of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has tabled a proposal seeking approval of the general body to levy charges for lifting garbage from residential and commercial properties so as to transform Aurangabad into a garbage-free city. The proposal states that the collection of user charges has been successful in Shimla, Dehradun, New Delhi and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporations. Presently, the AMC collects three per cent from residential and 10 per cent from commercial properties for garbage handling under the head of property tax and does not levy a separate tax for this purpose. The administration says it will be possible for it to maintain clean roads, efficiently collect garbage, transport it, dispose it of and help in maintaining tidy and hygienic environment by levying user charges.

Under the residential category, the proposed user charges (annually) are Rs. 120 from each flat or bungalow owner and Rs. 60 each from a slum-dweller annually. In the commercial category, the AMC has proposed to collect Rs. 6,000 from function halls, theatres and lawns; Rs. 12,000 from shopping malls; Rs. 1,200 from government, semi-government and private offices; Rs. 600 from schools and colleges; Rs. 1,200 from hospitals; Rs. 2,400 from pathology laboratories; between Rs. 1,200 and Rs. 6,000 from Nursing Homes (on cot basis) and Rs. 3,600 from industries. 

The AMC has also proposed collecting Rs. 500 (daily basis) from organisers of temporary exhibitions, conventions and owners of slaughter houses. The demand of sanitation cess under the property tax during 2011-12 was Rs. 2.29 crore. If the proposal is okayed, the AMC would be earning Rs. 4.81 crore.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Rs. 750 cr mega project in Shendra MIDC-Aurangabad

UK's Perkins company, a diesel and gas engine producer, is all set to begin manufacturing in five-star Shendra MIDC area by investing Rs 750 crore. The production work is due to start in early 2013 and bhoomipujan of the company will take place soon, according to reliable sources. Perkins will manufacture its powerful 4000 Series engines in India, following the decision by parent company Caterpillar to invest in a new plant. This new industry will give boost to Aurangabad's industrial development.

The foundation work is due to start in early 2012 with the completion date targeted for mid-2013. Initially, the facility will have the capacity to produce around 3,000 engines per year with the capability to increase to 5,000 units. It is envisaged that the workforce will grow from 60 employees at the plant's inception to approximately 450 when it opens in 2013.
The 4000 Series is currently only manufactured at Perkins' Stafford, UK, large engine centre but unprecedented demand from the electric power sector has meant that the India expansion is a necessity.  

Jet to replace 64-seater Aurangabad–Mumbai flight with a Boeing-737

Jet Airways is soon going to replace the existing 64-seater Aurangabad– Mumbai flight with a Boeing-737 having the capacity of 164. With this, the long pending demand of passengers to increase the flights from Aurangabad to Mumbai gets fulfilled. The new extended capacity flight would be operated daily in the evening from March 25 onwards, according to reliable sources.
At present, Jet Airline operates two flights from Aurangabad to Mumbai. The morning flight 9W 2024 takes off at 7.55 am and reaches Mumbai at 8.40 am. The evening flight 9W2512 leaves Chikalthana airport at 8.15 pm and reaches Mumbai at 21.15. Similarly, the Mumbai–Aurangabad flight 9W2023 takes off at 6.35 am and arrives in Aurangabad at 7.20 am. The evening flight 9W2511 leaves Mumbai at 6.40 pm and arrives in Aurangabad at 7.40 pm. 

Friday, 24 February 2012

Inter-school drawing contest in Aurangabad on February 28

The AGP public School will organise an inter-school drawing competition in the memory of late Adv Govind Jadhav on the AGP Public School Campus, gut no 71, Beed Bypass Aurangabad on February 28 from 10 am to 12 noon. 

The students may participate in the competition in A, B and C groups depending on the standard they are studying in. The subjects for the Group A (standards I to III) are: My favourite flower, Scenery (Tree house) and My sweet home. For Group B (students of IVth to VI ): Save Earth, Mela, Tree Plantation and for Group C (VII to X): My ambition in life, Pollution and My India (Cultural). 

The first prize winner will receive Rs 1151, the second prize winner Rs 751 and the third prize winner Rs 551. All winners will be given certificates and mementos. There will be three consolation prizes.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

'Luwan of Brida' launched in Aurangabad

Born and brought up in Aurangabad, Sarang Mahajan quit his promising IT career and made at least two professional switches to finally discover a novelist.

'Luwan of Brida,' a fantasy novel written by Sarang Mahajan and published by Popular Prakashan, was launched in a grand ceremony, here today. 
The novel is a thrilling adventure taking place in a fantasy setting and is the first of its kind to be published and distributed in India.

Born and brought up in Aurangabad, Sarang quit his promising IT career and made at least two professional switches to finally discover a novelist within. He is the first author from the region to write a fantasy novel in English and interestingly it has been globally published in e-book format on 
Talking to LT, Sarang said, "The book is an outcome of my passion for fantasy. I have read books from a 16-page booklet to a series of more than 7,000 pages and most of them from western literature. So, I wanted to make a contribution of my own to this wonderful world of literature as an Indian author. And I made the first one in the line of many more to come in future."

News- Lokmat News Service

Monday, 20 February 2012

Jyotirlinga in Aurangabad

Among the 12 Jyotirling (Shrine of Lord Shiva) one is in Ellora, near Aurangabad. 

Grishneshwar Temple Katha

There is an interesting story related to this temple. It is said that a Brahman named Sukarma and his wife Sudesh used to visit the Devagiri mountain ranges in the southern India. Both of them were devoted to Lord Shiva but did not have any child and this bothered them a lot. Sudesh used to force her husband to marry for a second time. Sukarma forced by his wife married her sister Ghushma. 

Ghushma was also devoted to Lord Shiva and was blessed with a son. Ghushma received a lot of respect for providing Sukarma with a son but this envied Sudesh. When the son got older, he was married. This filled Sudesh’s heart with more jealousy. She decided to kill Ghushma’s son and one night killed him with a knife while everyone was asleep. She cut the whole body into pieces and poured them into the lake in which Ghushma used to pour Parthivlinga. She went back home and slept.

The next day everyone got busy in their everyday activities including Sudesh. When Ghushma’s daughter-in-law woke up and found pieces of her husband’s body in the bed covered with blood, she straight away ran off to Ghushma and started crying. Seeing this, even Sudesh started crying so that no one could doubt on her. But Ghushma and Sukarma went on with their daily activities and prayers. Ghushma and Sukarma went on with their prayers and showed as if they didnt feel a things. After finishing her prayers, Ghushma found her son’s blood-stained clothes and even this did not move her.

She believed in Lord Shiva and prayed. She believed that Lord Shiva was immortal and he was the one who blessed her with her son and only he would protect him. She patiently prayed and believed that being tense was not a solution. She started praying Lord Shiva’s mantra ‘Om Namah Shivay’. She went to the lake like everyday to pour Parthivlinga into the waters and saw her son standing besides the lake. Her heart filled with joy and Lord Shiva apeared. 

Lord Shiva was very happy with Ghushma’s devotion and asked her to wish for something. He also said that if she wanted he could kill her sister with his Trishool. Ghushma offered her prayers and asked Lord Shiva to forgive her sister as she was elder than her. She said that she is unable to do any sin and would not want to ask for something bad for anyone. This satisfied Lord Shiva and he granted Ghushma with another wish. Ghushma asked Lord Shiva to stay in that place to protect and bless the people. Listening this Lord Shiva was happy and promised Ghushma to always live there. He changed his form and turned himself into a Jyotirlinga close to the lake. Hence, the lake called Ghushmeshwar came to be famously known as Shivalaya.

Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Importance

It is believed that a glimpse of Shivalaya lake free a person from all sins and provides salvation. People wanting children are blessed. Just a glimpse of the Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga provides all the happiness and satisfaction in the world. Shankracharya also worshipped and offered prayers to the Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Local Updates of Aurangabad

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Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Movie Lovers- Theaters in Aurangabad

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These movies are updated as per schedules. One don't have to go through various websites or newspaper to find out which movie is playing at what time and in which theater. Everything is available under a single click. Very soon there will be options available where you can book for tickets online through

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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Bani Begum Garden - AURANGABAD

Bani Begum Garden is a graceful garden located about 24 km from Aurangabad. The garden is known for its lush green appearance and comforting atmosphere. It got its name from the tomb of Bani Begum who is the wife of Aurangzeb's son which is located in middle of this garden.

The garden is constructed in various styles. Massive domes, fountains and fluted pillars can be seen in the garden. The garden is an example of the Mughal style and architecture of the departed period. 

Tourists visiting Aurangabad never return before visiting the beautiful Bani Begum Gardens.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

24x7 LPG cylinder booking facility in Aurangabad city

HPCL comes up with the novel idea n SMS and IVRS booking relief for working couples About HPCL Gas. There are 8 gas distributors of HPCL in the city and each of them is serving on an average consumers between 20,000 and 25,000. Thus, the total number of HPCL gas consumers in and around the city is nearly 2 lakh. All the gas agencies have installed a free phone facility to educate their consumers about the service. Moreover a help desk is also set in all agencies telling consumers how to type and sent the SMS for registration and gas booking. In case any consumer faces any problem he/she should dial 0240-2484846 during office hours to get the problem solved.

Providing a respite to customers making rounds to gas agencies for booking a cooking gas cylinder, HPCL has introduced round-the-clock gas booking service through SMS and IVRS (Inter Voice Response System), at pilot level in the city. The HPCL has decided to shift to SMS booking from present manual booking in phased manner and no manual booking will be accepted after March 31.
The executive sales officer of the LPG wing of HPCL, Aditya Gupta, said that the company has introduced this facility ahead of its other competitors in Maharashtra. It evoked a good response in Mumbai when introduced at pilot level. Encouraged with the response in Mumbai, company came out with the same facility in rest of the State from January 1, 2012. The dealers were imparted training and equipment were set in the first month of the year and started taking booking by SMS and IVRS.
How to book
Explaining the method of cylinder booking on SMS the proprietor of Renuka Gas, Arun Narwade, said that consumer will have to drop an SMS on 8888823456 after typing HPspace>telephone number of your gas agency with STD codespace> and consumer number. Prior to this, consumer will have to register his/her name for the service in the same way. The booking can also be made by dialing the same number. The registration will take 3 minutes time and booking just 30 seconds.
Intimation before 48 hours
Gupta said that on booking a cylinder by sending an SMS or dialing the said number, the consumer will receive a reply in SMS mentioning waiting number, delivery status and on receiving this SMS the consumer will receive most positively the cylinder within 48 working hours. Office goers who hardly find time to come to their agency for booking, will certainly have a relief from this system. Delivery with prior intimation will help them to make necessary arrangements to receive the cylinder.
Move welcomed
An HPCL Gas consumer, Nitin Kanitkar, welcomed the move of introducing the SMS and IVRS gas booking system and said that in a family like mine, where both are working, nobody has time to keep on dialing the agency number unless you get connected or to go in person for booking. I can drop an SMS by spending a minute even though I am in my office or wife in her school. On this backdrop the step must be welcomed, he added.

News by- LOKMAT