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May 19, 2001 - May 19, 2001

‘Water thieves’ duped by thieves Saturday, May 19, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 18: Three unidentified persons posing as AMC officials of the water department have been collecting fines under the pretext of “illegal water connection” from various bungalows in the Paldi area.

This team had been to the Jain Merchant Society near Ankur School on Thursday morning during the water supply timing. According to the residents of this society they came early morning and started checking the water connections.

Kshitij Surendrabhai of Jain Merchant society said, “They asked me to pay Rs 1,460 as penalty for motoring water and Rs 350 for having two connections instead of one. They also gave us a receipt hence we had to pay the amount.” Pradeep Shah had to pay Rs 1,200 for illegal connection.

Mr Pradeep said they came with equipment and said that if the money is not paid the connection will be cut off immediately. “Most of the society members have paid the money and in just two hours they must have collected more than Rs 10,000,” he added.

A few members who could not pay the money were asked to pay it on Friday morning. The members of the society gathered on Friday morning along with their corporators but the trio didn’t turn up.

The receipt given to the members of the society is actually a page from the attendance muster of the AMCs water department. The municipal corporator of Paldi area, Deepak Bhatt said that in last 15 days this team has been visiting various societies including Ashoknagar and Uttamnagar. Each time they go they collect more than 10,000 rupees.

“People should note that few employees of the corporation have been printing duplicate receipt books and collecting money. Whenever such people ask them for money they should immediately contact the municipal commissioner or report at the nearby police station,” Mr Bhatt ended.

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


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UADAs set up to rehabilitate quake-hit cities Saturday, May 19, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 18: The state government has announced setting up of Urban Area Development Authority to accelerate reconstruction and rehabilitation in the earthquake-devastated cities of Bhuj, Anjar and Rapar.

Anil Mukim has been appointed as the chairman of UADA Bhuj, Atanu Chakraborty as the chairman of UADA Bhachau, Sanjay Gupta has been appointed as the chairman of UADA Anjar and A K Sharma as the chairman of UADA Rapar city.

The concerned additional collectors of these cities will be chief executive officers and member secretary of the authority. Authority in each city will consist of ten members that will include non-government members and a representative from Centre for Environment Planning and Technology.

With the monsoon drawing nearer, it is very important for the towns to be developed in a systematic manner and faster implementation of the rehabilitation has also become necessary.

The state government is of view that it was not fair to expect the urban local bodies to be able to cope up with the pressing needs of the urgent planning and reconstruction of housing stock and therefore the need for the creation of UADA was necessary.

This authority is expected to carry out modern planning, repair and construction of the infrastructure plans and facilitating reconstruction activities in the towns. The authority will have experts on its board and will rely on them for decision making.

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


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UADAs set up to rehabilitate quake-hit cities Saturday, May 19, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 18: The state government has announced setting up of Urban Area Development Authority to accelerate reconstruction and rehabilitation in the earthquake-devastated cities of Bhuj, Anjar and Rapar.

Anil Mukim has been appointed as the chairman of UADA Bhuj, Atanu Chakraborty as the chairman of UADA Bhachau, Sanjay Gupta has been appointed as the chairman of UADA Anjar and A K Sharma as the chairman of UADA Rapar city.

The concerned additional collectors of these cities will be chief executive officers and member secretary of the authority. Authority in each city will consist of ten members that will include non-government members and a representative from Centre for Environment Planning and Technology.

With the monsoon drawing nearer, it is very important for the towns to be developed in a systematic manner and faster implementation of the rehabilitation has also become necessary.

The state government is of view that it was not fair to expect the urban local bodies to be able to cope up with the pressing needs of the urgent planning and reconstruction of housing stock and therefore the need for the creation of UADA was necessary.

This authority is expected to carry out modern planning, repair and construction of the infrastructure plans and facilitating reconstruction activities in the towns. The authority will have experts on its board and will rely on them for decision making.

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


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Train to Kutch, The Plus points ! Saturday, May 19, 2001

Ref : Gujarat to lay railway line link between Kutch, north India


The decision of the Governement of Gujarat
to lay a broad gauge railway link between Kachchh and north India is most
timely and appropriate. It would provide a vital link not only for the
development of Kachchh, which has been neglected in state and national
development plans, but also for the national defence. It is most heartening
to note that a separate company shall be established by GOG and GIDB shall
facilitate the same. However, the proposed company should first look at the
urgent need for inter-city travel within Kachchh.


I have proposed (in an article dated march
25, 2001 in Kutchmitra) that an inter-city service needs to be urgently
started in between Bhuj, Anjar, Gandhidham and Bhachau, which should
facilitate affordable travelling for work, education and social activities.
Rather than considering these towns as separate entities, they should be
seen as an urban corridor or evolving linear metropolis of Kachchh. This
will stimulate economic growth of the backward region of Kachchh. The broad
gauge line is already laid, so what is needed is a vision and political and
social will!


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Marginal rise in population of Asiatic Lions Saturday, May 19, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 18: The three-day census on lions that concluded on Thursday suggests that number of Asiatic lions has possibly increased from 304 in 1995 to 320 this year. The state government said here that the census has been based on concrete details collected in a specific manner.

The census has been carried out in a novel way by a beat system, that has been introduced for the first time and 19 range, 77 rounds and 600 officers have carried out the census in 206 beats.

The earlier method of conducting census by offering a prey to the lion had been subject to debates and had been criticised by animal protection organisations. As many as 600 enumerators and 25 experts, assisted by range forest officers, round foresters and beat guards had been placed at various locations to conduct the census and a meticulous report based on minute observation and description of lion, lioness and cubs had been noted.

The detailed procedure for carrying out the census included identification marks of animal and collection of pug marks, which had been noted down in a register, specially maintained for the purpose.

The Gir forest, spread over 1,153.4 sq kilometers located in Junagadh district of Saurashtra region has been declared a sanctuary in 1972. The national park covers an area of 257.8 sq mts.
The census had been conducted by the Gir East Division of Amreli district.

It may be interesting to note that the population of the Gir lion had come down to only 20 in 1930 due to poaching by past rulers and British officers. The former Nawab of Junagadh and Lord Curson had inititated protective measures to save the animals from extinction and had banned poaching and hunting.

The number of lions had risen to 55. The 1990 census figures show the lion population at 280 while subsequently in 1995 the number stood to 304. Meanwhile, forest minister Kanji Patel said here that the animals will not face any drinking water problems due to drought.

He said water is being reached through tankers to 416 water points created specially for the purpose for the Gir lion and other animals. He said there are various water sources created in the Gir forest through ponds, wells, wind mills, and other storage tanks.

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


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