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July 8, 2001 - July 8, 2001

Problem of turbid water resurfaces Sunday, July 8, 2001

By A Staff Reporter, The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: The problem of turbid water has once again resurfaced with most city areas receiving muddy water since Friday. The Vadodara Municipal Corporation authorities however have turned a blind eye to the problem.

While Mayor Bharati Vyas refused to comment on the issue, and passed the buck on to the administration, the VMC additional city engineer K B Jaswal said that the problem is a result of the new water brought on due to the monsoons at the French wells in Mahisagar.

He said, "This is a regular feature that repeats itself every monsoon. Everyone in Vadodara is aware of this problem. The Ajwa and Nimeta filtration plants are in perfect working order. The problem in only at the Mahisagar French wells where the water is muddy due to the rains. This is a usual phenomenon and the citizens are now used to it occurring every monsoons."

"Most city areas receive water from Mahisagar. Here the French wells have a filtration process and generally water is drawn from the subsoil. However now that the monsoon has set in the upper strata of Mahisagar is filled with water which us muddy and therefore the water supply in most city areas is turbid," he explained.

"Though the past 10 days the quality of water had improved slightly, the problem of turbid water has re-occurred. We have to spend a lot of time and effort in boiling the water and filtering it. The VMC should ensure that its water supply is clean," says Manisha Shelat a resident of Adhyapak Nivas at Pratapgunj.

Similar complaints are coming in from areas in Sama and Pratapnagar road where the problem of turbid water has resurfaced. Some like Dinesh Lakadwala a resident of Duttnagar society in Pratapnagar road said that the dirty water tastes strange.

Mayor Bharati Vyas had said in an interview to TOI a few days ago that the turbid water should not bother the citizens. "The water being supplied is not contaminated by drainage water. Citizens should not be worried on this count. Drinking water pipelines are in good condition. The mud being carried along with the water supply is causing the water to look turbid," she had said.

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


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KPT aid for 16 quake-hit schools Sunday, July 8, 2001

The Times of India News Service
KANDLA: The Kandla Port Trust has decided to give a grant upto 70 per cent of the actual damages to the quake-hit government schools of Gandhidham-Adipur-Kandla areas.

Out of an estimated cost of Rs 97 lakh, an amount of Rs 68 lakh has been considered for 16 government/district panchayat-run schools. This includes 11 schools at Gandhidham, four at Kandla and one at Adipur. The letters conveying approval to commence the work have also been issued.

The Prathmik Shala Number 1 and 2 located at Adipur suffered heavy damages in the January 26 killer quake, and cost of repairs/reconstruction considered for this school is to the tune of Rs 36 lakh. Two schools at Gandhidham - Ganeshnagar Prathmik Shala and Primary School Number 1 and 2 - will be provided with financial assistance of Rs 20.70 lakh and Rs 9 lakh respectively (being 70 per cent of the total estimated cost to carry out repair/reconstruction works).

Rest of the 13 schools require repair work. The technical survey of these has been completed under the guidance of incharge, engineering cell, KERF in consultation with engineers of state government.

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


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KPT aid for 16 quake-hit schools Sunday, July 8, 2001

The Times of India News Service
KANDLA: The Kandla Port Trust has decided to give a grant upto 70 per cent of the actual damages to the quake-hit government schools of Gandhidham-Adipur-Kandla areas.

Out of an estimated cost of Rs 97 lakh, an amount of Rs 68 lakh has been considered for 16 government/district panchayat-run schools. This includes 11 schools at Gandhidham, four at Kandla and one at Adipur. The letters conveying approval to commence the work have also been issued.

The Prathmik Shala Number 1 and 2 located at Adipur suffered heavy damages in the January 26 killer quake, and cost of repairs/reconstruction considered for this school is to the tune of Rs 36 lakh. Two schools at Gandhidham - Ganeshnagar Prathmik Shala and Primary School Number 1 and 2 - will be provided with financial assistance of Rs 20.70 lakh and Rs 9 lakh respectively (being 70 per cent of the total estimated cost to carry out repair/reconstruction works).

Rest of the 13 schools require repair work. The technical survey of these has been completed under the guidance of incharge, engineering cell, KERF in consultation with engineers of state government.

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


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GANDHIDHAM:::: Gandhidham chamber opposes container terminal move Sunday, July 8, 2001

The Times of India News Service
AHMEDABAD: The Gandhidham Chamber of Commerce and Industry has written to the Union surface transport minister Arun Jaitley protesting against the pressure brought upon the board of trustees of Kandla Port Trust to sign the concessional agreement with the Australian firm, P & O Ports, for a container terminal at the port on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.

The chamber president, Ashok Chawla, in his letter said that the agreement would only promote monopoly and it was not in the interest of the trade. If the agreement is signed, as desired by the ministry, the company would have exclusive rights to handle containers at the port for the next 30 years. He said this would lead to diversion of traffic from Kandla and harm the interests of the local trade and industry.

Significantly, he said, much of the diverted traffic could go to Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai where the Australian firm is already operating a container terminal. "If the company is confident of providing efficient and cost-effective services, why are they insisting on a monopoly," he questioned. Chawla said the chamber was in favour of privatisation and investment, but in this case it would lead to privatising profits and nationalising losses.

The chamber has also objected to the project being classified as a BOT basis project and said the company was not required to build any infrastructure because they were being handed over a ready-made berth of 400 metres length. "The bidders are merely supposed to put up their equipment on this already available infrastructure which in our view cannot be, by the farthest imagination, classified as a project on BOT basis."

The chamber also claimed that the project cost of Rs 369.74 crore was inflated. "We are unable to comprehend that when the bidders are to be handed over ready-made berths and back-up area, where is the question of investing such inflated amounts as is being claimed," he asked. The chamber president further said, "The only inference that can be drawn from such inflated figures is, obviously to enable the company to fix high handling tariffs."

The organisation further pointed out that to attract more container traffic, Mumbai Port Trust has in fact recently decided to reduce terminal handling charges on containers by 30 per cent. He warned that diversion of traffic was imminent if the deal comes through in its present form. But since the company was already operating a container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, the diversion would not hurt it in any case. The loss would be to Kandla not to the company.

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


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GANDHIDHAM:::: Gandhidham chamber opposes container terminal move Sunday, July 8, 2001

By Shailesh Pandya, The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: The Gujarat Khedut Samaj has deferred the stir on the issue of introduction metered power supply to farmers as the state government has offered them subsidised power supply till Oct 31.

Samaj president Vipin Patel said here on Thursday that if the state government failed to concede their demands by October 31, then they would begin an agitation on November 1, which meant the festival of lights would be cast under a shadow.

Earlier, the samaj had threatened the agitation from July 1 and had set June 30 as deadline.

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission's (GERC) power tariff order delivered last October had suggested metering the power supplied to farmers from June. Farmers consenting to the move before April 30 were to be charged 40 paise per unit and 50 paise per unit before June. And if they failed to give consent letters, they were to be charged on horse power basis.

Patel said a farmers' convention recently had opposed the move to have metered power supply and asked members not to allow GEB officials to enter their villages. It also advised them not to pay the bill from November.

The samaj had organised dharna at many electric sub stations.

In response to a specific question, Vipin Patel said the protest would be against GEB's failure to supply assured hours of power supply to the farm sector and also against the 400% hike in power tariff proposed for the farm sector by the GERC.

He said farmers were irritated as they got power at night for it failed to serve any purpose.

First, the samaj had deferred the agitation in view of the January 26 earthquake and this is the second time it has deferred the stir.

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


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