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June 30, 2001 - June 30, 2001

Nine reservoirs in Saurashtra fill to brim Saturday, June 30, 2001

The Times of India News Service
GANDHINAGAR, June 30: After two years of successive scarcity conditions, the good monsoon spell in the first round has eased the drinking water problem in almost all areas of the state, according to water supply minister Narottambhai Patel and state minister for water supply Harjivanbhai Patel. Overflow of water was reported from over nine reservoirs, especially in Surendranagar, Wadhwan, Jamnagar and Amreli districts in Saurashtra region.

The ministers said during the peak of summer, drinking water was supplied through tankers to 2,842 villages. This facility was suspended in 1,128 villages after the first round of monsoon. They said water scarcity was over in the twin cities of Surendranagar and Wadhwan, as Nayka and Dholidhaja dams in the area had reported an overflow of water.

Similarly, in Porbandar city, the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, drinking water crisis was almost over following substantial increase in the water level of Fodarnesh reservoir.

Likewise in Junagadh district, most rural and urban areas will not suffer from water shortage as water is available in Singoda, Hiran-II, Machundri and Maduvan dams. The ministers pointed out that as water level in Machchhu-I, Machchhu-II, Fofal and Venu dams in Rajkot district has improved, water availability in Dhoraji and Upleta areas has improved too. However, Aji-I and Nyari dams, the main source of water for Rajkot city did not have sufficient water and therefore Rajkot would be provided water through the Mahi pipeline.

They said 295 villages and five urban centres of Mehsana district, 194 villages and two urban centres of Patan district and 107 villages including Palanpur city, would be covered under the group water supply schemes. Thus, 596 villages and eight urban centres would be covered under these schemes.

The ministers said that at present 106 of 111 villages of Mehsana and Patan district and one urban centre are being supplied water under the Mukteshwar group water supply scheme. Similarly, under Chanasma pilot project, 25 out of 34 villages are being supplied water. Besides, 20 out of 49 villages are being supplied water through Sami Harij group water supply scheme.

Under the Sipu group water supply scheme of Banaskantha district, 75 villages and under eight remodelling schemes, 198 villages are being supplied water. Besides, 159 villages out of 214 villages, have been covered under seven group schemes. In Sabarkantha district, 226 villages out 254 villages have been covered under six group water supply schemes.

The ministers said during 2000-2001, 25 group schemes were in progress in Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Valsad, Dangs and Navsari districts. Out of these, 14 schemes have been completed, and water is being supplied to 516 villages.

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


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Nine reservoirs in Saurashtra fill to brim Saturday, June 30, 2001

The Times of India News Service
GANDHINAGAR, June 30: After two years of successive scarcity conditions, the good monsoon spell in the first round has eased the drinking water problem in almost all areas of the state, according to water supply minister Narottambhai Patel and state minister for water supply Harjivanbhai Patel. Overflow of water was reported from over nine reservoirs, especially in Surendranagar, Wadhwan, Jamnagar and Amreli districts in Saurashtra region.

The ministers said during the peak of summer, drinking water was supplied through tankers to 2,842 villages. This facility was suspended in 1,128 villages after the first round of monsoon. They said water scarcity was over in the twin cities of Surendranagar and Wadhwan, as Nayka and Dholidhaja dams in the area had reported an overflow of water.

Similarly, in Porbandar city, the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, drinking water crisis was almost over following substantial increase in the water level of Fodarnesh reservoir.

Likewise in Junagadh district, most rural and urban areas will not suffer from water shortage as water is available in Singoda, Hiran-II, Machundri and Maduvan dams. The ministers pointed out that as water level in Machchhu-I, Machchhu-II, Fofal and Venu dams in Rajkot district has improved, water availability in Dhoraji and Upleta areas has improved too. However, Aji-I and Nyari dams, the main source of water for Rajkot city did not have sufficient water and therefore Rajkot would be provided water through the Mahi pipeline.

They said 295 villages and five urban centres of Mehsana district, 194 villages and two urban centres of Patan district and 107 villages including Palanpur city, would be covered under the group water supply schemes. Thus, 596 villages and eight urban centres would be covered under these schemes.

The ministers said that at present 106 of 111 villages of Mehsana and Patan district and one urban centre are being supplied water under the Mukteshwar group water supply scheme. Similarly, under Chanasma pilot project, 25 out of 34 villages are being supplied water. Besides, 20 out of 49 villages are being supplied water through Sami Harij group water supply scheme.

Under the Sipu group water supply scheme of Banaskantha district, 75 villages and under eight remodelling schemes, 198 villages are being supplied water. Besides, 159 villages out of 214 villages, have been covered under seven group schemes. In Sabarkantha district, 226 villages out 254 villages have been covered under six group water supply schemes.

The ministers said during 2000-2001, 25 group schemes were in progress in Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Valsad, Dangs and Navsari districts. Out of these, 14 schemes have been completed, and water is being supplied to 516 villages.

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


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Mankad appointed GPEC chairman Saturday, June 30, 2001

By Our Special Correspondent, The Times of India
GANDHINAGAR, June 29: State finance secretary Sudhir Mankad has been appointed chairman of the Gujarat Powergen Energy Corporation (GPEC), a Rs 2,500 an independent power project (IPP) with joint venture participation between British giant Powergen Incorporation, China Light and Power and the Gujarat government. Mankad replaces former chief secretary LNS Mukundan, who retired a month ago, as chairman. Under the joint venture agreement, chairman and one board member GPEC has to be a government representative.

A 650 MW company near Bharuch, next to the Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertiliser Corporation (GNFC), Mukundan was made chairman of the company more than four years ago when he was additional chief secretary, energy. While officials resented why the company's chairmanship should not go to an energy department bureaucrat, insiders said Mankad is the right man to foot the bill of above Rs 1,200 crore the Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) owes to the GPEC as the sole purchaser of power.

Chief secretary G Subba Rao has also taken over as chairman of Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Limited.

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


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Trader held for selling adulterated edible oils Saturday, June 30, 2001

AsianAge News Service
Ahmedabad, June 26: The Sardarnagar police caught Suresh S. Modi for making and selling adulterated edible oil for past two years from his shop Shreeji Traders and Modi Electronics, which are housed opposite Noblenagar Mahadev Chowki. This was discovered by the police when they raided the place on June 25.

Police confiscated stickers of well-known oil companies, 24 oil tins (16 kgs capacity), soyabean oil, equipment used for packing oil tins, tin covers, two scooters and Rs 16,000 cash. Totally the confiscated items are worth Rs 52,176.

Sardarnagar police has booked Mr Modi under section 3 and section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act. Police has also intimated the Civil Supplies Department and the Municipal Health Department about the seizures.

Modi bought groundnut oil from the market and then removed about 5 to 7 kilos from it and replaced it with either palmolien oil or soyabean oil and stuck the stickers of well known oil companies and sold then at various places at Kubernagar, Naroda and Nana Chiloda.

He then sold them to small traders and has been doing this business for past two years. Police inspector M.P. Patel is investigating the case.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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New V-C for more vocational courses Saturday, June 30, 2001

AsianAge News Service
Ahmedabad, June 26: The Gujarat Vidyapeeth might undergo a revolution with the appointment of Navinchandra Barot as its new vice-chancellor. “I would promote vocational courses in the university so that increasing number of people can seek employment,” he said adding that he might give a go-ahead to vocational courses for women at a centre in Shahibaug soon.

Barot feels that the western-system of education is a must for the success of any candidate. “As per one’s qualification, a candidate should be guided to take up courses in academics or vocational skills. That would increase the efficiency of a candidate,” he says.

Barot even disclosed his ambition to ascertain that the Gujarat Vidypeeth be granted the status of a university in near future. Presently, the Vidyapeeth enjoys the status of a deemed university.

Although a Gandhian himself, Barot strongly feels that Gandhian principles are seldom put to use these days. “We have to consider this fact holistically and cannot blindly follow the principles. I believe that any education that does not enable the youth to seek employment is useless.

I could say this because during my involvement with the Majoor Mahajan Sangh, I have come across thousands of people who are going without employment despite their degree and postgraduate degree certificates.”

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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