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June 7, 2001 - June 7, 2001

Bedlam at VC’s office, students turn violent Thursday, June 7, 2001

Ahmedabad, June 6: The fourth day of admission to various colleges of the Gujarat University was marked by a strong protests by students who failed to get a seat at colleges offering Commerce, Arts and BBA cources.

The protest led by National Students Union of India along with the agitated candidates turned violent when they barged into vice chancellor Dr Naresh Ved’s chamber on Wednesday and created a scene at his office by breaking furniture.

Security personnel had to resort to lathi charge to dispersed the protesters, who sought answers to lack of adequate seating arrangements made by the Gujarat University in wake of the whooping HSCE (science) and HSCE (general) results.

In wake of high cut off point of HSCE percentage by various colleges of the university, several students are finding it difficult to get a seat for themselves in any of the colleges. The minimum 60 per cent requirement by a candidate being eligibility criteria in colleges has caused the present crisis.

Meanwhile, the Gujarat University gave out admissions to as many as 13,050 students by the end of the fourth day of degree admission in various commerce colleges. Another 5,925 students have been admitted to science colleges while BBA colleges have admitted 840 students.

A press release issued by the Gujarat University later in the day stated that the admission procedures would not be closed till all the candidates are accommodated in the colleges.

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

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AMC marks 10 buildings to be demolished Thursday, June 7, 2001

Ahmedabad, June 6: The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has decided to demolish 10 buildings that are declared unsafe. The demolition work will start with immediate effect.

Mr Badruddin Sheikh, who is the chairman of the AMC standing committee commenting on the issue said that while some of the extensively damaged buildings will have to be demolished entirely, there are other moderately damaged buildings will be only be partly demolished by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.

The list of buildings that will be demolished by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation include the Anandji-Kalyanji trust building in Shahpur area, Shobha laboratory on Astodia road, Rasiklal Shah’s building on Khadia crossroad, Vijaya Bank on Kalupur crossroad, A.K. Jaderwala’s building in Dariapur area, Ashok Shah’s building, and the building owned by Mewat jewellers in Shahpur.

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

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Auda set to combat monsoon Thursday, June 7, 2001

By Binita Parikh, AsianAge

Ahmedabad, June 6: The Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority has launched its pre-monsoon action plan starting from Wednesday. Chief executive authority Bharat Rawal told The Asian Age that while the actual work for Auda is to plan for development, there was a need felt to coordinate the efforts of the 10 municipalities and three grampanchayats.

Auda has called about 22 representatives to discuss the pre-monsoon plans. The director of municipalities, Mr D.J. Dhariaya presided over the meeting. The main problem in coordination is that while the areas are known as “Auda areas,” in reality there is no such area and these areas fall under different municipalities and grampanchayats.

Mr Rawal said that they had focused on the areas that are close to AMC limits and are highly urbanised and densely populated, between Sarkhej and Chandkheda. To maintain proper coordination the district development officer, Mr P.B. Patni and representative from the district collectors office Mr H.K. Patel were also included.

A major step towards solving the sanitation and the solid waste disposal problem taken at the meeting was that the Pirana plant owned and operated by the AMC will be open for the municipalities for a week. The main problem for many municipalities till last year was of disposing the solid waste.

In fact, the drains and the storm water pipes got clogged when it rained since the solid waste was not removed. It is expected that the solid waste that is dumped in the 13 areas under scrutiny by the Auda will be sent to Pirana. Additional 500 tonnes are expected to be sent from these areas to the plant for a week from Thursday.

Auda has also arranged for a JCB and three tractors for the Jodhpur municipality. Moreover, there is a scheme under which the machinery can be bought by the local bodies by depositing 50 per cent of the amount with Auda. Auda pays the additional 50 per cent for the machinery.

The Vastrapur municipality is likely to use this scheme to procure a tractor, a hydraulic trolley and garbage lorry. The solid waste disposal work is already completed in Vastral municipality after Auda loaned a JCB and five tractors. The advantage that Vastral has is that its solid waste is used for landfill sites.

Moreover, five teams of 10 members headed by the assistant engineer, drainage are made to oversee and monitor the work done by the municipalities and constantly check the drainage and storm pipelines.

Mr Rawal said about 15 places like the Sarthak cross roads, Judges Bunglow, the cross road on Satellite Road and 132-road, Heaven Park near Ramdevnagar, Prahalad Nagar Road, 100-ft road near Agrawal tower, Krishnanagar in Ranip were identified as areas where water gets clogged.

In most of the places, the construction of catch pits has started. In all about 20 are likely to be made within two days. “It is expected that these areas will not face water clogging now,” said Mr Rawal.

Moreover, the teams will also constantly monitor the 85 buildings categorised under G-3 and 14 under G-4. After every rain, they will inspect the buildings for water clogging and also if the base of the building is strong enough to hold occupants.

Mr Dharaiya instructed all the local bodies to check the drinking water pipelines for leakage. The sampling and chlorinating of water will be done twice a week. Moreover, the commercial complexes will be asked to follow the cleanliness standards set by the local bodies.

It is reported that these complexes are more prone to be irresponsible. They will be asked to pay a “service charge” if they continue to flaunt the rules. A 24-hour control room has been set up in the Auda office for the public to call on 7545062.

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

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‘Historical’ plan to restore schools Thursday, June 7, 2001

By Shramana Ganguly, AsianAge

Ahmedabad, June 6: Two of Ahmedabad’s historically important school buildings, dedicated to girls’ education since almost a century now, have got a new lease of life thanks to the efforts of those set to the task of restoring and renovating it.

Located in the heart of the walled city at Desai ni Pole, Khadia, both Vaneeta Vishram School and Ray Bahadur Ranchorlal Chotalal girls higher secondary school, suffered major structural damages during the earthquake. Thanks to restorers, the schools will reopen for the forthcoming academic session by the end of this month.

“After the renovation is over, both VV School and the RBRC School, will be structurally fit to successfully complete another century studded innings,” claimed city-based architect Sarbjit Singh Sahota.

A consultant to the heritage department of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Mr Sahota has been providing professional guidance to renovate these two buildings ever since the mammoth task to restore the historical buildings was kicked off in February. Girls’ education in
Ahmedabad owes much to these two schools situated almost next to each other.

The schools came into being at a time when the Indian society was witnessing social reforms, and initiation of such institutions mostly by social reformists, promoted the cause of women welfare through education.

The history of the VV School dates back to 1904, when it was housed somewhere near to where the school building stands now. It was Sulochna Desai, a young widow, who felt strongly for the cause and set up the school.

The foundation stone of the present building was laid by none other than Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore on June 29, 1919, a reason why it is categorised by the AMC as a historically significant building, informed Debasish Naik of the AMC heritage cell.

“Interestingly, when the building was being constructed, some idols of Hindu deities dating back to the 10th and 14th century were unearthed, and the founder installed all the idols in the school,” informed the caretaker of the school.

Supported by a panel of arches, the VV School building suffered extensive damage during the quake. “The age-old steel beams had rusted and gave way to the vigorous earthquake on January 26. Even the faulty extension of the school building caused the two building structures to Ram against one another, the old building failed to bear the pressure and succumbed to it,” informed Mr Sahota.

The RBRC School, which was set up by Ray Bahadur Ranchorlal Chotalal is older than its counterpart. “It is about 108 years old,” said Mr Sahota. This school also has a history of social reformists paying visits those days when social reformation and freedom struggle were in fervor in the country.

“This school building suffered less damage because it was renovated recently. However, the building supported by jack arches, could not stand the quake either, and suffered damage,” Mr Sahota said.

Although it was a difficult task to understand the architecture of these old buildings, the professionals took up the work as a challenge. After diagnosing the buildings to understand their make, they had to restore it under present circumstances despite maintaining their originality.

But, the exercise will not go invain as the schools will be declared safe for building use by the beginning of the forthcoming academic session.

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

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Anticipatory bail plea of assistant TDO turned down Thursday, June 7, 2001

Ahmedabad, June 6: The additional city sessions court denied anticipatory bail to assistant town development officer of AMC Vallabh Janani on Monday, in a building collapse case of Vidhyalakshi apartment in Sabarmati area.

Mr Janani had granted No Objection Certificate to the Vidhyalakshi apartment after its inspection but the building had collapsed after the earthquake on January 26. According to the inquiry into reasons for collapse of the building, instead of required 18 pillars, the builders had constructed the building on 16 pillars.

The builder had also constructed the overhead tank of 16,000-litre on instead of a 4,000-litre tank. The inquiry report said that these were the main reasons for the collapse of the building.

The government advocate argued in the court that Mr Janani had given the NOC for the building though he knew that it was not as per the structural designs since he had inspected the building before giving the NOC.

Additional city session judge V.C. Modi observed that it was not advisable to grant anticipatory bail to the applicant.

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

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