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May 21, 2001 - May 21, 2001

3,000 families yet to be rehabilitated: NBA survey Monday, May 21, 2001

Vadodara, May 20: While the state government has given green signal for the further construction work under the perview of Sardar Sarovar dam, a recent survey by the Narmada Bachao Andolan, spearheading the anti-dam agitation, indicates that more than 3,000 families from affected villages are yet to be rehabilitated in the states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

The half-way findings of the survey that is expected to be over before monsoon has claimed that out of 3,084 families, including around 1,400 families possessing the status of Project Affected Families, have still not been rehabilitated from the villages that would go under submergence at the 90 mt level.

The survey is in sharp contradiction of the Gujarat government’s announcement of having resettled all the PAFs up to 90 mt.
Talking to The Asian Age, Mr Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, chairman of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited reiterated the government’s stand.

He said, “We have already submitted the details of rehabilitation work to the NCA and if needed we will furnish required statistics again.” Sources related to the proceedings of the SSP say that the NBA’s survey might come in as a hindrance in getting permission for further construction.

It may be recalled that both the Supreme Court and the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal Award had stated that no submergence should take place before resettling the PAFs. The NBA has dashed off the findings of the report to Ms Asha Das, chairperson of the R&R Sub Group of the NCA in New Delhi.

Mr Sukumar and Mr Kamal Patidar of NBA told The Asian Age that they have demanded from the NCA that keeping in view the Apex Court judgment and the NWDTA, any further construction —even the humps beyond 90 meters— should not be allowed. According to them, out of the 85 villages that are to go under submergence in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, 53 villages have been surveyed till now.

Mr. Sukumar claimed that the survey work has to be geared up in 111 families from three villages in Gujarat, 1061 families of 23 villages in Maharashtra and 1912 families of 27 villages in Madhya Pradesh. According to NBA activists, many adults possessing their own families have not received PAF status.

Although the concerned governments have not given the PAF status taking into consideration the 1987 cut off year as per the NWDTA, Mr. Sukumar said that the year in which the rehabilitation is done should be taken into consideration. Mr. Patidar, pointing towards the irregularities underlying the issue, said, “In some cases the affected families have not received land acquisition notices.”
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News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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Leopard caught at hospital Monday, May 21, 2001

Vadodara, May 20: Four days after it strayed into the Mayo hospital compound, the forest department officials on Sunday morning succeeded in catching the leopard. As the news spread, residents of nearby areas flocked in large numbers to have a glimpse of the wild beast.

The leopard got trapped in one of the two cages at the hospital, where a goat was kept as a bait. The other cage had a dog. After it was caught, the leopard was sent to the Jambughoda wildlife sanctuary. According to deputy conservator of forests (wildlife division), Mr S. K. Mehta, this is probably the first instance in Vadodara wherein a leopard has been caught from the city area.

According to department officials, the leopard was a healthy male, aged around six years. Mr. Mehta said that more than controlling the leopard, it was difficult to control the people. However, not all those who turned up were lucky to catch a glimpse of the animal.

As the number of persons increased at the hospital, the department officials not only cordoned off the main gates but also covered the cage in which the leopard was kept. Police help was also sought. The DCF said that care had to be taken to ensure that the leopard did not hurt itself.

Volunteers of the Gujarat Society assisted the department for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. According to Snehal Bhatt of the GSPCA, the department had shifted one of the cages to a water point near the P & T Colony nearby. She and Mr. Mehta opined that it was bound to be caught, as it was hungry for the past four days. On Saturday evening, the GSPCA had offered to keep close circuit night cameras to track the leopard.
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News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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Blue kerosene racket busted in city Monday, May 21, 2001

Ahmedabad May 20: The flying squad of the food and civil supply department busted a blue kerosene racket in the city on Saturday. The squad nabbed the main culprit Jayantilal Prajapati. According to a press note released by the controller of the department, Mr V.P.Patel, on Saturday, Jayantilal used to buy blue kerosene and applied different chemicals and acids to turn it white.

By floating a bogus agency, Rajlakshmi Enterprise, he sold the kerosene to industrial sectors and other related areas. Though he was not licensed to sell kerosene, he used to produce bills in the name of the agency. He was arrested under the Essential Commodities Act 1980 and has been put behind bars in Bharuch jail.

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


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Watchman kidnapped Monday, May 21, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 20: A night watchman of Krishna Pump Service, behind Jharna Party Plot on Sarkhej-Gandhinagar highway was kidnapped by unidentified persons on wee hours of Friday last.

According to the complaint filed at the Satellite police station by Ranbahadur Khadak, a co-worker at Krishna Pump Service, Naresh Bahadur, aged 35 was forcefully taken away on Friday night while they were sleeping inside the premises by five men.

The complainant informed that the abductors had come in a jeep and a scooter, but failed to give the registration number of the vehicles used in the crime. Both complainant and Naresh Bahadur, hail from Nepal. Satellite police station is investigating the case.

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


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Two ‘cheats’ arrested Monday, May 21, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 20: The Khadiya police on Sunday nabbed one Jayesh Soni (31) and Sachin Chowksi (22) for committing fraud worth Rs 8,70,500 by misusing fake drafts of Bank of India. According to the complaint lodged by Mr Chandresh Modi, serving as an agent of Shroff and Commission at Mandvi ni Pole, Manek Chowk, the duo duped him of the amount between May 18 and May 19.

The duo convinced the complainant and handed him two fake drafts worth Rs 3,77,800 and Rs 4,69,150 drawn on Bank of India. The crime came to light when the manager of BOI traced the fake drafts. Both the accused were nabbed on Sunday.

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


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