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May 31, 2001 - May 31, 2001

Strike, empty streets may greet Vajpayee during Gujarat visit Thursday, May 31, 2001

By Ashraf Sayed

Gandhinagar, May 31st:NGRY protests may greet Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee when he visits the earthquake-devastated Kutch district of Gujarat June 3. During his two-day visit, Vajpayee is due to attend several functions and review the progress made in the rehabilitation and resettlement of the people affected by the earthquake that claimed about 25,000 lives January 26.

While Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel's government has expressed satisfaction over the implementation of various packages for reviving trade, business and industrial units, besides providing temporary shelters to nearly half-a-million people in the state, the citizens of Bhuj, Anjar, Bhachau and Rapar towns, guided by the Anjar Group-2001, has given a call for "Kutch shutdown" Sunday to protest the state administration's alleged "criminal negligence" in redressing their legitimate grievances.

"We have decided to observe a total Kutch shutdown during the prime minister's visit as a mark of protest against the state government's neglect and insensitivity to the suffering of the people," Shyam Sunder, the group's leader, told IANS.

"We have written to President K.R. Narayanan and sent some letters written in blood demanding that the rehabilitation scheme be suitably revised to meet the aspirations of the people. Fortunately the president has given a prompt reply and we hope to meet him soon," he added.

The Anjar Group-2001 is an organization that was set up by the people of Anjar earlier this year to fight for "justice" and for an early rehabilitation package.

Apart from reviewing the progress made on the rehabilitation and resettlement front, Vajpayee will lay the foundation stone for the proposed Rs. 1 billion centrally- sponsored civil hospital-cum-medical college at Bhuj and attend a function organized by the Muslim Education and Welfare Society to dedicate a school building constructed by the Bharatiya Jain Sanghthana.

He will flag off a newly introduced board gauge train on the Bhuj-Gandhidham section and address a public meeting. The prime minister will also visit Dudhai village in Anjar sub-district to inaugurate the newly constructed houses by a trust headed by former Delhi chief minister Sahib Singh Varma.

Besides, he will dedicate the restored electricity supply system and lay the foundation stone for the Bhuj-Bhachau road.

After a night halt at Bhuj, Vajpayee will meet Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel, senior ministers of his cabinet and officials on June 4 to review the rehabilitation work undertaken by the administration in Kutch and in other parts of the state.

Meanwhile, the opposition Congress Party in Gujarat has announced that it will hold "black flag" demonstrations to highlight the sufferings of the quake-hit people and to "expose" what it called the insensitiveness of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in tackling the situation in the post-earthquake period.

Hasmukh Patel, vice president of the party in the state, told IANS that the Congress would organize demonstrations at all functions to be attended by Vajpayee to highlight the state government's failure on all fronts.

News Source : Indiaabroad News Service [ Website for the NRI ]


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PM Vajpayee to visit quake-hit Kutch Thursday, May 31, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 30 (PTI) Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will pay a two-day visit to the quake-hit Kutch district in Gujarat from June three.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to take stock of the measures taken by the state government for rehabilitation and resettlement of the people hit by the devastating January 26 earthquake, official sources said here today.

Vajpayee would also tour some of the worst affected talukas in the region, they said.

Security has been tightened in the district in view of the proposed visit, they added.

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PM Vajpayee to visit quake-hit Kutch Thursday, May 31, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 30 (PTI) Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will pay a two-day visit to the quake-hit Kutch district in Gujarat from June three.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to take stock of the measures taken by the state government for rehabilitation and resettlement of the people hit by the devastating January 26 earthquake, official sources said here today.

Vajpayee would also tour some of the worst affected talukas in the region, they said.

Security has been tightened in the district in view of the proposed visit, they added.

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Showers across state barring Central Gujarat Thursday, May 31, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 30
Moderate to heavy rains lashed several parts of the state on Wednesday, one day after the threat of the cyclonic storm looming large on Saursashtra and Kutch diffused, bringing much-needed respite to the people from the scorching heat.

Regional director of the meteorology department R.K. Kankane said, “The showers are the result of South Westerlies and high temperature during last few days.” Mr Kankane, however, said that the regular monsoons will set in after a few days and this is just a pre-monsoon shower, which will last for a couple of days.

Mr Kankane had earlier told reporters on Tuesday that the regular monsoon in the state is likely to set in around June 7 this year. There are also reports of around one to four inches of rain in Ahmedabad, Amreli, Surendranagar, Bhavnagar, Junagadh, Banaskantha, Mehsana and Surat districts.

More than 80 talukas received medium to heavy rainfall in the state. However, there were no rains in Central Gujarat. According to information received from the state flood control cell, the drought prone areas of Bhavnagar, Surendranagar and Amreli also received one to four inches of rain whereas; the Olpad area in Surat received six inches rain. Other areas in the state also witnessed scattered rainfall.

In the Ahmedabad district, Dholka received 36 mm, Dhandhuka 33, Mandal 35, Ranpur 32mm of rain. Bhavnagar taluka received 34 mm, Botad 30, Gadhda 46, Mahua 114, Shihor 26, Talaja 32 and Valbhipur 20. The Junagadh, Rajkot, Surendranagar, Banaskantha, Mehsana and Sabarkantha districts recieved good rains during this first spell.

Surat, Ankleshwar, Bharuch, Valsad, Dangs, Narmada and Navsari in South Gujarat also received moderate to heavy rains whereas, the Gandhinagar district received 24 mm and Kalol taluka in the district received 16 mm rains. The seven talukas in Jamnagar district also received light showers.

The light showers in the city since last two days seem to have lightened up the mood in Ahmedabad with the temperature going down considerably, bringing relief from the sweltering heat. However, as ever the Amdavadis revelled in the sudden drop in temperatures, as could be seen from the long queues that were drawn up at laaris selling dal vadas.

“After days of scorching heat, there is at least some relief,” says Abhishek Shrivastav, who deliberately got drenched to enjoy the rain. Alike Abhishek, people came out on the streets to enjoy the wet weather and junk food vendors on the street. “Long queues were found on laaris when we went to buy bhajiyas and dal vadas,” said Minal sheth, not lucky enough to get the snacks as she was late.”

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


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AMC implements pre-monsoon plan Thursday, May 31, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 30
The AMC has started pre-monsoon exercise in all the city zones by clearing storm-water and drainage lines. The AMC is already struggling with disposal of quake debris and this is likely to hinder disposal of rain and storm water. The problem is further compounded by the fact that the entire city has been dug up for laying the optical fibre lines.

The tunnels that were dug for the purpose have been filled but the sand has not yet settled in. When asked about the problem emerging from digging up done for the laying optical fibre lines, deputy municipal commissioner of the West Zone Pinakin Dixit said he had taken a round of the city along with his team and noticed depressions only in the place where digging had taken place.

Mr Z.A. Saacha, in-charge of the Central Zone, said thorough review of the zone and check up of choked lines has been done. Desilting has been carried out at 12 places and care has been taken to ensure effective disposal of rainwater, he added.

“I have decided to have one tractor per ward to clear the debris and the garbage so that drains are not blocked. Moreover, instructions have been given to the department to use the sand heaps on the road for the AMC purpose even if it is privately owned,” added Mr Saacha.

As a precautionary measure, three unsafe constructions in the Central Zone would be demolished, Mr Saacha said. In the North Zone, 10 pumps have been fitted to draw out water that overflows from the Kharicut canal.

The height of the Kharicut canal has been raised this year to prevent crisis cropping up due to overflow of water during monsoons. Deputy municipal commissioner of the zone Utpal Padia said these measures are in addition to desilting exercise.

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


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