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November 29, 2001 - November 29, 2001

BSNL targets 6.50 lakh connections Thursday, November 29, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: BSNL would provide 6.50 lakh telephone connections in the current year, chief general manager Gujarat Circle P K Chanda said while inaugurating a telephone exchange at Derol in Godhra on Wednesday.

Distant rural areas in Gujarat circle were interconnected with Optical Fibre Cable and 800 buildings built for a better telecom infrastructure in the state.

Special focus was on serving rural subscribers and fulfilling their need to have better telecommunication connectivity. Chanda also introduced video conference facility in Derol exchange and talked with telecom officers in Mumbai. The exchange is facilitated with 3000 lines C-DOT exchange. In Panchmahals and Dahod districts ISDN facility is introduced at Godhra, Dahod and Halol.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Traffic police to tame pvt bus operators Thursday, November 29, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: With private bus operators being banned from operating on Ashram Road in the Paldi area, traffic problems are likely to ease during the day, particularly during the morning rush morning hours.

Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) Samiullah Ansari has issued strict instructions to his en to disallow private bus operators from parking or picking up passengers anywhere on Ashram Road or around the ST bus depot at Geeta Mandir.

With 110 travel agencies, 360 bus owners and an average of 1,600 private buses plying in and out of Ahmedabad every day, the move is expected to smoothen the traffic.

The instruction comes into force after the five-day grace period given to the operators for making alternate arrangements expired on Monday. The grace period was allowed after the operators apprised the DCP of their difficulties.

"While a large number of bus operators had turned the road into a permanent parking slot, inter-city passenger buses kept on waiting for hours along the narrow stretch of the road, affecting the traffic movement," explained Ansari.

According to sources, the GSRTC management, in an October letter to transport minister Narayan Patel, had sought enforcement of an existing notification, which bars private vehicles from utilising the ST premises. In Ahmedabad, private buses are not allowed within a 500-metre radius of the ST depot.

Sources revealed that at a meeting attended by home minister Zadaphiya, police commissioner P C Pande and the traffic advisory committee members, GSRTC chairman Kamlesh Patel had lashed out at the police, accusing the force of failing to implement the notification and allowing in the private bus operators, by allegedly obtaining 'haftas' to the tune of Rs 24 lakh.

The drive, according to Ansari, is to get the private buses to operate in an organised fashion.

Subsequent to the traffic department issuing the notification, the bus owners had met Mayor Himmatsinh Patel to get the municipal corporation to arrange for an alternate parking spot.

Patel, however, communicated to the police that the arrangement required time. The latter, however, are in no mood to delay enforcing the notification. "That not our problem," adds Ansari.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Traffic police to tame pvt bus operators Thursday, November 29, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: With private bus operators being banned from operating on Ashram Road in the Paldi area, traffic problems are likely to ease during the day, particularly during the morning rush morning hours.

Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) Samiullah Ansari has issued strict instructions to his en to disallow private bus operators from parking or picking up passengers anywhere on Ashram Road or around the ST bus depot at Geeta Mandir.

With 110 travel agencies, 360 bus owners and an average of 1,600 private buses plying in and out of Ahmedabad every day, the move is expected to smoothen the traffic.

The instruction comes into force after the five-day grace period given to the operators for making alternate arrangements expired on Monday. The grace period was allowed after the operators apprised the DCP of their difficulties.

"While a large number of bus operators had turned the road into a permanent parking slot, inter-city passenger buses kept on waiting for hours along the narrow stretch of the road, affecting the traffic movement," explained Ansari.

According to sources, the GSRTC management, in an October letter to transport minister Narayan Patel, had sought enforcement of an existing notification, which bars private vehicles from utilising the ST premises. In Ahmedabad, private buses are not allowed within a 500-metre radius of the ST depot.

Sources revealed that at a meeting attended by home minister Zadaphiya, police commissioner P C Pande and the traffic advisory committee members, GSRTC chairman Kamlesh Patel had lashed out at the police, accusing the force of failing to implement the notification and allowing in the private bus operators, by allegedly obtaining 'haftas' to the tune of Rs 24 lakh.

The drive, according to Ansari, is to get the private buses to operate in an organised fashion.

Subsequent to the traffic department issuing the notification, the bus owners had met Mayor Himmatsinh Patel to get the municipal corporation to arrange for an alternate parking spot.

Patel, however, communicated to the police that the arrangement required time. The latter, however, are in no mood to delay enforcing the notification. "That not our problem," adds Ansari.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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IPS men prefer cosy Gujarat to deputation jobs Thursday, November 29, 2001

BY LEENA MISRA, FOR TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: 'A good assignment' rarely comes by the asking, but for most IPS officers of Gujarat a deputation at the Centre means oblivion and disruption in personal life.

Ask an IPS officer about the best postings in his career and chances are that he will be nostalgic about his stint in the district. Give the choice to young IPS officers and four out of five could opt for a district.

Independence in decision-making , a wide jurisdiction and fairly comfortable living is what most police officers look for, going by the impressions in the home department. Of course, there are a few like Gupta who look back to Delhi days. For Gupta, it also launched him as the first IPS officer to be deputed to the US for training in the FBI.

Recently, four IPS officers of Gujarat were shortlisted for a deputation to the Border Security Force _ the news had the police fraternity squirming in their chairs. Murmurs are that most of them are not interested and complain that their consent was never sought before the recommendations. "But we will move if directed by the state government", says an officer on conditions of anonymity. He blames 'inertia' for the state of affairs.

In fact, some officers are due for promotion and hope that once they come through, the deputation might just be put on the backburner. The other point the IPS officers raise is that unlike IAS that offers numerous opportunities at the Centre, the options for the IPS cadre is restricted to a few Central organisations. "There are postings as chief vigilance officer in PSUs but they are hardly attractive", said an official who feels at home in Gujarat.

While IPS officers argue that the 'good assignments' at the Centre rarely came their way, officials in the home department feel that the Gujarat IPS has got used to the 'cushy job conditions which this comparatively peaceful state provides'. Here 'peace' generally meant non-interference from political bosses (and the situation is usually compared to Bihar, and now Chennai!)

Yet, there are certain officers who crave jobs outside, especially if the offer is from the CBI, the Special Protection Group where the officer moves in the VIP circuit, RAW or the Intelligence Bureau, to name a few of the 'most wanted' jobs.

Officials in the home department rue over the fact that of the 136 officers borne on the Gujarat cadre, only eight are on Central deputations.

"My experience with the CBI was very rewarding, we worked incognito but there was job satisfaction", says Gupta. Contrarily, Hiralal who had long stints as police commissioner in Vadodara and Ahmedabad, says he figured on many panels for deputation to the Centre, but turned down all of them.

"The kind of public response you get here gives you more satisfaction than doing a desk job in the Centre", he told TNN. There are also cases of IPS officers who chose to leave the state to evade an 'unwarranted situation' in their careers.

"A deputation enriches career prospects, gives a wide exposure, especially if the officer is young", argues a home department official. But most IPS officers feel that, 'rarely do officers get a posting of their choice and sometimes offers come to those who are reluctant'.

In the exchange of fire between the bureaucracy and the constabulary, the latter's other grouse is that those promoted from the ranks are never deputed outside as compared to direct recruits.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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Vadodara wildlife division to be expanded Thursday, November 29, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: The state forest department has decided to expand the jurisdiction of Vadodara wildlife division.
With the said expansion, Jambughoda and Ratanmahal sanctuaries will be added to Vadodara wildlife division. So far, the Vadodara wildlife division did not have any sanctuaries falling under its limits.

"The expansion of the wildlife division limits of Vadodara will be effected soon. The division will now cover Jambughoda and Ratanmahal forest sanctuaries," deputy conservator of forests (wildlife division) S K Mehta told Times News Network.

Forest management plans for both Ratanmahal and Jambughoda sanctuaries, which have already been formulated, will now be implemented by the Vadodara wildlife division. Currently, Jambughoda forest sanctuary is a part of Godhra division, while
Ratanmahal forest sanctuary comes under Baria division.

Jambughoda sanctuary, with its dry teak and dry mix deciduous forests is home to a variety of wild animals including leopards, reptiles and birds, while Ratanmahal is known for sloth bears. Both the sanctuaries have rich vegetation as well. Jambughoda sanctuary has 105 species of plants belonging to 88 genera and 42 families, while Ratanmahal has an equally rich floral diversity. Interestingly, the sloth bears of Ratanmahal are known to migrate to some north-eastern parts of Jambughoda sanctuary during certain seasons.

"The division will now be responsible for ensuring that the management plan for both the sanctuaries are put in place," Mehta said.

The management plan for Jambughoda and Ratanmahal sanctuaries, besides its technical compilation on forest land, animal, bird and reptile species, also lays emphasis on eco-tourism or wildlife tourism, a concept promulgated to create more awareness on wildlife. With the Vadodara division now handling both these sanctuaries, a boost to tourism and better professional approach seems imminent.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]


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