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July 7, 2001 - July 7, 2001

Old lakes in city in need of face-lift Saturday, July 7, 2001

The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: Within a space of just a fortnight, two lakes of Vadodara district the Pratappura lake and the Manorpura lake reported breaches following incessant rains. Last year too, two lakes (one of them was Manorpura) were similarly damaged and people had to be relocated after their villages were inundated.

These incidences are focusing attention on the potential fear of breaches developing in the old lakes that date back to the Gaekwadi era. Though the zilla panchayat's department of irrigation undertakes pre-monsoon checks on all the lakes in the district an average of one or two lakes developing breaches are common incidents every monsoon said an official.

The department of irrigation engineering additional assistant engineer B P Trivedi said that there are roughly twelve lakes in Vadodara district, which date back to the old Gaekwadi-era.

"These are small lakes which were constructed during the period of drought. The Maharaja had asked for the construction of these lakes to overcome the water shortage problem in the erstwhile Baroda State," he said.

He said the officials of the irrigation department undertake checks every year. "Last year Manorpura Lake was repaired by the mechanical department when cracks were visible. This year we did not see any cracks visible in the lake and therefore we were unable to foresee such an incident," he added.

According to highly placed sources, many of these lakes are old and therefore require reconstruction. "Many were built without taking into consideration cost benefit analysis. Maybe if they were to be built in modern days they may not have been constructed at all due to unsatisfactory conditions," said an official wishing anonymity.

According to him most of these lake do not comply with the modern safety standards prescribed for hydraulic structures and therefore need to be redesigned.

The 100-year-old Manorpura Lake that was damaged on early Wednesday is constructed around black soil, which has a tendency to give way under pressure. Last year too villagers complained that their crops were damaged due to the inundation of the fields and this year the mishap reoccurred.

"Though the Ajwa sarovar is also over a century old it is an engineering marvel and was scientifically built by Maharaja Sayajirao. This lake is a well built lake and should not be compared with the smaller ones in the villages," said the official.

According to him unless a complete overhauling of the lakes in Vadodara city and district areas is not undertaken such breaches would remain a common phenomenon each year during monsoons.

Meanwhile, the district development officer, the deputy collector, Savli mamlatdar and additional engineer and irrigation officials have reached the site of the Manorpura Lake to oversee repair work.

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


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KANDLA:::: White kerosene seized at Kandla Saturday, July 7, 2001

The Times of India News Service
RAJKOT: Kutch civil supplies officials have on instructions of collector H N Chibber seized white kerosene worth Rs.22.42 lakh from the Kandla port.

Acting on a tip-off about illegal movement of white kerosene, he had ordered a probe. The party involved in it has been identified as Supreme Impex of Mumbai. Large-scale irregularities were detected during checks. From June 20 to 23, the party had sent six tankers daily from Kandla to Mumbai.

The officials believe that white kerosene used only for industrial purpose could have made its way to some other destinations.

They have also seized large quantity of groundnut stock from godowns of Madhagar and Mankuva as during checks the stock was in excess than what was recorded in the books. The value was put at Rs.62,700.

The premises of Piyushkumar Kunverix Shah were also searched and 60 bags of groundnut and white kerosene valued at Rs.56,000 were frozen.

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


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Police to intensify patrolling for jagran on Saturday night Saturday, July 7, 2001

The Times of India News Service
RAJKOT: Police would be on tough on roadside Romeos who create mischief and indulge in nuisance during the ensuing jagran that marks the end of the Gaurivrat.

Anti-Romeo squad would be deployed to deal with such elements on Saturday for the divas jagran. Mobile partolling would be intensified to prevent any indecent incident.

The police have allowed restaurants, icecream parlours and eating joints to remain open beyond midnight.

Meanwhile, the city has decked up for the celebrations. Most social and voluntary organisations have organised functions. Cinema houses have special late night film shows. The Hemu Gadhvi Natya Gruh has also organised a play.

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


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VUDA issues notice on regularising illegal construction Saturday, July 7, 2001

The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: The Vadodara Urban Development Authority (VUDA) has issued a notice that those who wish to regularise illegal constructions built before November 22, 2000, as per the Gujarat Regulation of unauthorised development ordinance 3/2001, should approach the VUDA office.

The illegal constructions would be regularised on payment of a fee that has been structured as per the type of construction, the city area it falls under and the type of illegal construction.

The illegal constructions have been divided into several parts such as the margin and setback, FSI, covered projection, change of use, common plot and COP and the height of the building. The use of the building for commercial purposes or residential purposes would also be taken into account. The rates of the fees would be as per square meter area.

The city areas have been divided into three areas and each of these have been further subdivided into three categories as per the road breadth. Those constructions that are on roads more than 24 meters would be under category X, those on roads of 12 to 24-metre breadth would be under category Y and those under category under 12 metres would be in category Z. Those in X category roads would have a higher rate of fees.

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


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Protests continues on M S University campus Saturday, July 7, 2001

By A Staff Reporter, The Times of India News Service
VADODARA: MS University student leaders kicked off another protest on Thursday. This time the protest was against the inordinate delay in announcing results of polytechnic students.

Agitating student leaders barged in the university office and threatened to derail academic functioning if polytechnic fails to declare results within two days. Student leaders contended that the polytechnic college was the first to finish exams of diploma engineering in April but hasn't declared results. The results of FY, SY and TY are to be declared.

Student leaders met vice-chancellor Anil Kane and pro vice-chancellor VD Pathak to press their demand. MSUSU GS Bharat Dangar said that the delay in results have cost dearly to polytechnic students.

"Polytechnic students have lost good job openings. Companies demand TY pass outs whereas here final year students are waiting for their results. Even Vadodara-based companies have rejected polytechnic students just because they didn't have their final year marksheet", Dangar said.

Meanwhile, protests over MCom admission cut-off marks continued in Donars Plaza campus of MSU. For the second consecutive day student leaders confronted police and stopped distribution of MCom admission forms.

"We will continue our protest. We will not allow form distribution till the university administration agrees to our demand of relaxing the eligibility criteria", said student leader Rutwik Joshi.

An unrelenting Kane however stuck to his stand of strictly adhering to the eligibility criteria for admissions to postgraduate courses in commerce faculty.

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


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