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November 27, 2001 - November 27, 2001

HC asks for progress report on Vondh by Dec 28 Tuesday, November 27, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat High Court has directed the Disaster Management Committee and the revenue authorities to submit by December 28, a complete report on the progress made in the rehabilitation of the quake-affected village of Vondh (Kutch), which has been adopted by the Maharashtra government.

A division Bench comprising chief justice D M Dharmadhikari and Justice D H Waghela passed the order on Monday, in a petition filed by Ranchhod Gandhi, who is a member of the Bhachau taluka panchayat.

The petitioner had alleged that some anti-social elements in the village were trying to convince the villagers that it will not be in the interest of the villagers to shift to a new site and should instead prefer to live at the old site of the village.

The gramsabha of Vondh had passed a unanimous resolution to resettle at a new place, where the Maharashtra government was to construct 500 houses on the 400 acres of land allotted by the State.

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


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ONGC funds for AMC projects Tuesday, November 27, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: The Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) donated Rs 26 lakh to the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) on Monday for civic infrastructure augmentation. ONGC officials handed over a cheque to Mayor Himmatsinh Patel in this regard.

This money is the "first installment" of the Rs 1.05 crore that ONGC has pledged to give to AMC for three civic projects - increasing capacity of V S Hospital's physiotherapy wing by constructing a new storey above the existing one, repair and maintenance of Dr Ambedkar slum quarters in Amraiwadi and reconstruction of the quake-hit municipal school in Meghaninagar.

On the occasion, Municipal Commissioner P Panneervel pledged to complete reconstruction of municipal school by March and that of V S Hospital by April.

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


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Efforts on to make Girnar 'parikrama' a smooth affair Tuesday, November 27, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJKOT: The annual Girnar 'parikrama', which is expected to attract about 15 lakh devotees, began on Monday morning. The district authorities have geared up the machinery to render all possible assistance to the participants.

Even before the 'parikrama' was officially flagged off by firing in the air amidst slogans of "Har, Har Mahadev and Jai Girinari", as many as 30,000 devotees had completed the 'yatra' by Sunday night itself, officials said.

The road on the entire 'parikrama' route has been levelled and with the check-dams filled to the brim due to the heavy rainfall, the 'yatris' will not face any water shortage.

When contacted, district collector Suyana Tomar and DSP Shashikant Trivedi told 'The Times of India' that a special police force had been deployed to ensure the safety of the 'yatris'. As many as 5 deputy superintendent of police, 10 police inspectors, 37 sub-inspectors, 268 police constables 28 woman police constables along with 150 Home Guards have been deployed all along the route.

As many as 85 special bus services have also been started for the benefit of the 'yatris' to reach Bhavnath from where the 'yatra' begins. In addition to the main bus station, 'yatris' can avail of the services beginning from the railway station, Janata Chowk and Majewadi Darwaja. The buses would ply round the clock for the next five days, ST sources said.

Meanwhile, the forest department has taken special care to ensure that there is no damage to the trees caused by the 'yatris' who are known break the branches to be used as walking sticks.

The department has decided to supply walking sticks to the old and the infirm as soon as they arrive at Lal Tekri, where they enter the forest area for the steep climb ahead.

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


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Efforts on to make Girnar 'parikrama' a smooth affair Tuesday, November 27, 2001

SOURCE - TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJKOT: The annual Girnar 'parikrama', which is expected to attract about 15 lakh devotees, began on Monday morning. The district authorities have geared up the machinery to render all possible assistance to the participants.

Even before the 'parikrama' was officially flagged off by firing in the air amidst slogans of "Har, Har Mahadev and Jai Girinari", as many as 30,000 devotees had completed the 'yatra' by Sunday night itself, officials said.

The road on the entire 'parikrama' route has been levelled and with the check-dams filled to the brim due to the heavy rainfall, the 'yatris' will not face any water shortage.

When contacted, district collector Suyana Tomar and DSP Shashikant Trivedi told 'The Times of India' that a special police force had been deployed to ensure the safety of the 'yatris'. As many as 5 deputy superintendent of police, 10 police inspectors, 37 sub-inspectors, 268 police constables 28 woman police constables along with 150 Home Guards have been deployed all along the route.

As many as 85 special bus services have also been started for the benefit of the 'yatris' to reach Bhavnath from where the 'yatra' begins. In addition to the main bus station, 'yatris' can avail of the services beginning from the railway station, Janata Chowk and Majewadi Darwaja. The buses would ply round the clock for the next five days, ST sources said.

Meanwhile, the forest department has taken special care to ensure that there is no damage to the trees caused by the 'yatris' who are known break the branches to be used as walking sticks.

The department has decided to supply walking sticks to the old and the infirm as soon as they arrive at Lal Tekri, where they enter the forest area for the steep climb ahead.

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


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Water holds key to state's development Tuesday, November 27, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
RAJKOT: Governor Bandari said on Monday that if the water problems of Gujarat were taken care of, that would open the doors of development.

Inaugurating a three-day symposium on 'Palaeodrainage and water resources in Gujarat', organised jointly by the Saraswati Shodh Sansthan and Arvindbhai Maniar Jankalyan Trust here, Bhandari said there were definite signs of large quantities of underground water, which could be of the mythological Saraswati river.

Bhandari said research in Rajasthan and Haryana on the mythological river had proved successful and if the findings were adopted by Gujarat, it would yield positive results.

Research by historians, archaeologists and geologists and data provided by satellite pictures had shown that the Saraswati flowed through many areas of the country and one of them was Gujarat.

Well-known geologist and former faculty member of the MS University, S S Mehr, who inaugurated the symposium, said it was important to conserve rain water.

He felt that papers presented at the symposium would be of great help to the state, especially the Saurashtra region, which was facing acute water shortage.

Director of the Sarasvati Nadi Shodh Sansthan, Chennai-based S Kalyanram, claimed there was definite proof of the Saraswati flowing through the Gujarat region.

He said after a tubewell project was commissioned in Jaisalmer, a large quantity of water was found. He said the Centre had also prepared a project to join the main rivers of the country.

President of the Sansthan, Baldev Sahai, said as many as 500 sites related to the Saraswati had been discovered and it was time to conduct research on the subject. He called upon all those connected with water conservation to join hands in the endeavour.

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


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