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July 21, 2001 - July 21, 2001

Pucca houses to one lakh BPL families Saturday, July 21, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
GANDHINAGAR: The meeting of Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority chaired by Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel on Thursday finalised an ambitious scheme of allotting puccas houses to one lakh families living below the poverty line and affected by the devastating earthquake.
Patel said that they would be provided quake-proof puccas houses in place of huts. The meeting also decided to set up expert advisory committee for the construction of quake-proof houses for the rehabilitation of affected people.
The meeting decided to construct one lakh quake-proof pucca houses at a estimated cost of Rs 40,000 each for families living below the poverty line and affected by the killer quake. The houses to be constructed by voluntary organisations under Indira Awaj Yojana will be implemented by the department of rural development. The rural development department has already conducted necessary survey for the purpose. The gram sabha will pass necessary resolution for the purpose by September 2001. The puccas houses will have smokeless chula and toilets.The meeting also approved the proposal for modernisation of Mehsana-Radhanpur state highway financed by the World Bank.
Present on the occasion were industries minister Suresh Mehta, finance minister Vajubhai Vala, panchayat building minister Nitin Patel, rural housing minister Jaspal Singh, chief secretary G Subba Rao and chairman of the earthquake rehabilitation task force V Bhanujan.

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Kutch engineers allege harassment by police Saturday, July 21, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
The Kutch Association of Engineers and Architects has decided to stop offering its services for the rebuilding of Kutch alleging harassment and mental torture by police and other government agencies towards engineers, architects and builders.
According to association president Jay Sanghvi, IPC 302 has been invoked to prosecute professionals, which is unbailable. "It would be better to open a liquor shop instead," he added.
Sanghvi said there is a general agreement that the quake was a natural calamity, but only those in the construction business were being harassed. Several buildings of state and Central government had collapsed but no action was initiated against responsible government officials, Sanghvi said while speaking at a press conference arranged by the association.
Several other prominent engineers and architects also expressed their views. One speaker, Nalin Upadhyay, said when Kutch comes under seismic zone 5 who had approved plan for construction in the walled town of Bhuj and other places in Kutch? Another one, Atul Mehta, alleged that the police was causing mental harassment to family members of engineers who had to leave in disgust.
The intensity of the quake was so powerful that many government buildings, including G K General Hospital of Bhuj and 45 sub-stations of the Gujarat Electricity Board, sustained damage, but only engineers and architects were being hauled up. The association's decision to stop services would affect the on-going construction activity undertaken by NGOs in Kutch.

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Kutch engineers allege harassment by police Saturday, July 21, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
The Kutch Association of Engineers and Architects has decided to stop offering its services for the rebuilding of Kutch alleging harassment and mental torture by police and other government agencies towards engineers, architects and builders.
According to association president Jay Sanghvi, IPC 302 has been invoked to prosecute professionals, which is unbailable. "It would be better to open a liquor shop instead," he added.
Sanghvi said there is a general agreement that the quake was a natural calamity, but only those in the construction business were being harassed. Several buildings of state and Central government had collapsed but no action was initiated against responsible government officials, Sanghvi said while speaking at a press conference arranged by the association.
Several other prominent engineers and architects also expressed their views. One speaker, Nalin Upadhyay, said when Kutch comes under seismic zone 5 who had approved plan for construction in the walled town of Bhuj and other places in Kutch? Another one, Atul Mehta, alleged that the police was causing mental harassment to family members of engineers who had to leave in disgust.
The intensity of the quake was so powerful that many government buildings, including G K General Hospital of Bhuj and 45 sub-stations of the Gujarat Electricity Board, sustained damage, but only engineers and architects were being hauled up. The association's decision to stop services would affect the on-going construction activity undertaken by NGOs in Kutch.

News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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MoU signed for bio-technology transfer Saturday, July 21, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
GANDHINAGAR: The state government on Thursday signed three landmark agreements for development of bio-technology in Gujarat in the presence of Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel.
Under the first agreement, the Nottingham-Puri Foundation-sponsored Biotech Advance Research and Development Institute in collaboration with the Sardar Patel University will train youths for technology transfer by offering them scholarships.For this purpose, research and pilot project for the industry will be prepared. On behalf of the state government, iNDEXT-B chairman Kirit Shelat, Nottingham University vice-chancellor Colin Campbel and the UK-based Puri Foundation chairman Nathuram Puri signed the agreement.This followed a tripartite agreement for transfer of technology for higher education in bio-technology between Nottingham University, Puri Foundation and Sardar Patel University. In collaboration with the state government, these institutes will have educational exchanges in the area of horticulture, floriculture and biotech research in food technology for the next two years.

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Telecom services being upgraded Saturday, July 21, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
SURAT: Surat Telecom will soon have 10,000 lines capacity on wireless in local loop (WiLL) in the city, for which the feasibility study is under way. Besides, 37,000 lines capacity of cellular equipment is being planned in the current year, according to principal general manager Pradeep Kumar.
The effort would be to make telecom services professionally oriented. For this, a call centre to facilitate single window will function to provide information about commercial billings, faults and other problems, he added.
Water connections cut
The municipal corporation has disconnected unauthorised water and drainage connections in seven buildings in the Rander-Adajan Area. In its drive to keep the Pandesara industrial area free from effluents from factories, the SMC disconnected drainage system of a unit at plot No 293, as its discharge had polluted the water in the nearby stream. During the cleanliness drive, health officials on Thursday imposed penalties and collected over Rs 15,000 as fine from those causing throwing filth and garbage in the area.Fire safety normsFailure to have fire safety led to disconnection of water supply in 17 more high-rise apartments here. For the past fortnight, the SMC has been issuing notices to high rise buildings to initiate safety measures.Drama festThe annual drama festival will be held in September, according to SMC officials. Dates and venue for the same are being finalised and the corporation has invited applications from participants. the deadline is August 6.Weavers' meetingOn the occasion of the first anniversary of the Federation of Gujarat Weavers Association, a general body meeting will be held on Saturday at the community hall in Katargram. Issues like reduction in production, effect of WTO and measures to improve quality would be taken up at the meeting.CCI programmeThe Cotton Corporation of India in association with the city-based Cotton Research Institute and Gujarat Agricultural University, has undertaken an integrated pest management demonstration under the Technology Mission at Keslu village in Bharuch. Scientists and consultants like A K Basu, U G Patel, M P Vadodaria are expected to take part in it, according to a press note.

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