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June 3, 2001 - June 3, 2001

State explains rehabilitation to Centre Sunday, June 3, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad June 2: The state government has used all its resources for rehabilitation of the quake affected people and has declared packages for rehabilitation of cities, industry, and tourism in a time of four months, said principal secretary Mr P K Laheri in New Delhi on Saturday.

Mr Laheri was in New Delhi on the eve of the visit of Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee to quake affected areas of Kutch district.

Giving the information regarding rehabilitation work, he said that in the time of four months, the government has already declared the rehabilitation package for the four big cities of Kutch, which have been totally devastated. He informed that around 10.90 lakh houses had either collapsed or are affected due to the earthquake.

The government has implemented five different packages for rehabilitation as per different geographical areas. He said that the state government has so far given financial assistance to about 7.7-lakh families to build permanent shelters and to nearly 5.61 lakh families for temporary shelters.

He informed that the government has established 808 material banks, so that construction materials were available at reasonable rates. They have also trained 3,200 engineers for rehabilitation work.

Mr Laheri informed that the education would not be affected at any level. The next academic session would be held in 7,830 tents and 2,400 intermediate classes, where the schools have collapsed. The government plans to repair 11,761 schools by September. For technical education, 92 temporary domes would be erected in quake affected areas.

He further said that the government has taken all necessary steps to ensure that no health related problems erupt in the quake affected areas of the state. The government has also declared packages for re-establishing industry, business and tourism in the state, he added.

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


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133 buildings unsafe, to be demolished before monsoon Sunday, June 3, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 2: About 133 buildings in the central zone will have to be demolished as they were diagnosed unsafe by the authorities. Meanwhile, an old building in the Taliya Ni Pole in the city collapsed on Saturday injuring six people.

In all about 1,077 buildings in the walled city are being checked by the authorities to ascertain that they are not unsafe. According to Mr Bipin Bhatt, deputy municipal commissioner, “We are re-inspecting all the buildings which have suffered more than 50 per cent damage and categorised as G3 and G4 by Cept.” This means a total of more than 4,600 buildings in the city including 30 RCC buildings have suffered substantial damage.

About 27 houses outside the walled city are also severely damaged and may have to be demolished. The buildings that are being checked out by the district collector’s office includes Ankit, Mukund, Setu, Surabhi and Twinkle apartments in Ambavadi, Shalibhadra in Paldi, Nayan Apartments in Maninagar, Poojan Apartments in Isanpur, Devpath in Nava vadaj and Manmohan Cooperative Housing Society in Vadaj.

It is expected that with the onslaught of rains, many buildings that are badly damaged will collapse. The AMC is also conducting a survey of the buildings and the report is expected to be ready by June 10.

Mr Bhatt said that the old buildings in the city suffer from poor maintenance as many of them are given on rent. “In many cases, the rent of the building so less that the owner is not interested in maintaining the building. In some cases, the cost of the building is less than the cost of the land, so the owner wants the building to collapse.”

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


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SAURASHTRA:::: District gets water after 3 days Sunday, June 3, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad June 2: The water supply to Saurashtra by the Mahi-Pariyej water pipeline was restored after three days, giving relief to the administration and the people of the drought-prone areas. The supply was disrupted due to fire in Dhandhuka sub station.

On May 30, 132 kv sub-station in Dhandhuka caught fire due to accident in oil circuit breaker of the station. Wide scale losses were reported due to the accident. Because of electricity failure, the water supply to entire Saurashtra region was disrupted as the pumping in the Mahi-Pariyej pipeline was disturbed.

The people of Saurashtra region, which is reeling under heavy water-scarcity, had to face a tough time for three days due to disruption of water supply. Many cities and villages in Saurashtra are dependent on water supply through Mahi-Pariyej pipeline.

The official press release of the state government said that the state government and GEB took the matter very seriously. Energy minister Kaushik Patel and chairman of the GEB Nalin Bhatt immediately sent a team of 100 technicians to the site.

Mr Patel said that in normal circumstances, the work would have taken at least one week. However, the extra men power deployed by the GEB, completed the repairs work in two days.

Mr Patel along with the president of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam, Mr Bhupandrasinh Chudasama and BJP media committee chairman Bharat Pandya visited Dhandhka sub station and reviewed the repairs work on Saturday.

Giving details of repair work carried out by the GEB, superintendent engineer I M Bhavsar said that due to the fire, 10 oil circuits of the sub station were damaged.

It was a very difficult task to install all the ten new panels in such a short time. The team installed the ten panels with battery sets and also completed the wire testing to restore the sub-station, he added.

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


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Saurashtra gets water after 3 days Sunday, June 3, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad June 2: The water supply to Saurashtra by the Mahi-Pariyej water pipeline was restored after three days, giving relief to the administration and the people of the drought-prone areas. The supply was disrupted due to fire in Dhandhuka sub station.

On May 30, 132 kv sub-station in Dhandhuka caught fire due to accident in oil circuit breaker of the station. Wide scale losses were reported due to the accident. Because of electricity failure, the water supply to entire Saurashtra region was disrupted as the pumping in the Mahi-Pariyej pipeline was disturbed.

The people of Saurashtra region, which is reeling under heavy water-scarcity, had to face a tough time for three days due to disruption of water supply. Many cities and villages in Saurashtra are dependent on water supply through Mahi-Pariyej pipeline.

The official press release of the state government said that the state government and GEB took the matter very seriously. Energy minister Kaushik Patel and chairman of the GEB Nalin Bhatt immediately sent a team of 100 technicians to the site.

Mr Patel said that in normal circumstances, the work would have taken at least one week. However, the extra men power deployed by the GEB, completed the repairs work in two days.

Mr Patel along with the president of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam, Mr Bhupandrasinh Chudasama and BJP media committee chairman Bharat Pandya visited Dhandhka sub station and reviewed the repairs work on Saturday.

Giving details of repair work carried out by the GEB, superintendent engineer I M Bhavsar said that due to the fire, 10 oil circuits of the sub station were damaged.

It was a very difficult task to install all the ten new panels in such a short time. The team installed the ten panels with battery sets and also completed the wire testing to restore the sub-station, he added.

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


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Late admissions to medical and dental Sunday, June 3, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 2: Admissions to medical and dental colleges are expected to start late this year as some of the colleges in the state have not received the compliance report from the concerned Councils.

Majority of these colleges are awaiting compliance certificates for the additional seats that they have introduced. Besides this, colleges which have been set up in last five years need a compliance certificate every year.

According to sources, 50 new seats added to the NHL Municipal Medical College, 59 seats of Ahmedabad Dental College, M.P. Dental College in Vadodara with 40 seats, K.M. Shah Dental College in Pipalya with 100 seats and C.U. Shah Medical College in Surendranagar with 100 seats have not yet received the compliance certificate from the Dental and Medical Councils respectively.

Moreover, these additional seats receive an affiliation from Gujarat University after they have received the compliance certificate.

Mr K.V. Bhatt, dean of B.J Medical College and head of the centralised committee for admissions to medical, dental and physiotherapy colleges said that this year 1,725 total seats will be open for admission. It is expected that more than 20,000 forms will be sold this year while about 7,000 forms were sold last year. This is due to the rush following a high results this year.

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


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