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April 14, 2001 - April 14, 2001

Rajkot mayor up in arms against govt on water issue Saturday, April 14, 2001

RAJKOT: Mayor Ashok Dangar seems to be on the warpath against the state government on the issue of water supply. He has threatened to take all Congress corporators to Gandhinagar if the promised 40 lakh gallons of water from the Narmada project was not released to Rajkot.

He told the media here on Friday that Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel had played a cruel joke on Rajkot when he had announced last Saturday that the city would get 40 lakh gallons of water daily.

He said the civic body needs 1175 lakh gallons of water. But not a day has it got its quota from the Narmada pipeline. The civic body gets 150 lakh gallons daily from other sources and if the Aji-3 project is cleared immediately, an additional 25 lakh gallons of water could be obtained. Dangar called upon BJP corporators to join the march to Gandhinagar.

Giving details of the daily availability of Narmada waters to Rajkot, he said on the day the water was officially released at a programme on April 7 by the chief minister, the city received 26.7 lakh gallons, on April 8 it got 29.7 gallons, on April 9, it got 22 lakh gallons and on April 10, a little more at 23.46 lakh gallons. On April 11 it slumped to just 4.86 lakh gallons. On April 12 the city got 12.11 lakh gallons. These figures show that the supply was erratic and Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel had cheated the citizens of Rajkot.

The mayor said he wanted the local unit of the BJP to ask the chief minister to release the promised quota of Narmada waters. Only then, he said, could he think of lifting water cut.

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Water racket in Jodiya; sarpanch suspended Saturday, April 14, 2001

RAJKOT: Govubha Jadeja, sarpanch of Jodiya in Jamnagar district was suspended on the charge of irregularities in despatching water tankers in the drought-affected areas.

What was surprising was the division of distribution system into a whooping 64 units - more than in Rajkot and Jamnagar city.

Many factories and ghost connections were tied up with these divisions. DDO Vinay Vyasa has ordered disconnection of these bogus connections and industrial connections. There would be just four divisions in Jodiya and water would be supplied every fifth day.

Thirty tankers were allocated for Jodiya but large-scale irregularities were detected. The authorities have also augmented water supply from Aji-3 dam. Under the new time-table, while 1.5 lakh gallons could be lifted from the Aji-3 dam, another 1.5 lakh gallons would be distributed through tankers.

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Water racket in Jodiya; sarpanch suspended Saturday, April 14, 2001

RAJKOT: Govubha Jadeja, sarpanch of Jodiya in Jamnagar district was suspended on the charge of irregularities in despatching water tankers in the drought-affected areas.

What was surprising was the division of distribution system into a whooping 64 units - more than in Rajkot and Jamnagar city.

Many factories and ghost connections were tied up with these divisions. DDO Vinay Vyasa has ordered disconnection of these bogus connections and industrial connections. There would be just four divisions in Jodiya and water would be supplied every fifth day.

Thirty tankers were allocated for Jodiya but large-scale irregularities were detected. The authorities have also augmented water supply from Aji-3 dam. Under the new time-table, while 1.5 lakh gallons could be lifted from the Aji-3 dam, another 1.5 lakh gallons would be distributed through tankers.

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Cong MLA protests move to shift mamlatdar office Saturday, April 14, 2001

NADIAD: Congress MLA from Balasinor Mansinh Chauhan, in a letter to revenue minister Vajubhai Vala, has threatened to go on fast protesting the decision to shift the present venue of the mamlatdar office of Virpur from its present location.

Chauhan said the new site of the mamlatdar office chosen by the collector is located between two rivers of the region on survey no. 70. This place, he said, gets submerged during rains which made it unsuitable for the mamlatdar office.

The Virpur taluka panchayat has also passed a resolution resisting the shifting the venue of the office. Chauhan said co-operative milk societies of Virpur taluka have also supported the resolution.

Chauhan said if the collector acted against the interest of the local people, he would go on fast on the very day the construction of the building begins.

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Obey court directive, Seth Builders told Saturday, April 14, 2001

RAJKOT: In a significant move, the Lok Pal and the sessions judge of Rajkot, Shirish Toliya, on Wednesday ordered Sheth Builders to obey a court directive instructing them to repair the damaged flats in the controversial Race Course Park complex.

The district collector was also asked to allocate a common plot for the residents of Race Course Park complex within three months.

Earlier, the residents of Race Course Park had filed a police complaint against the 'poor' construction material used by the builders while constructing the housing complex, which developed cracks during the January 26 earthquake.

According to the court order, the piece of land situated near the airport could be allocated to the residents as common plot. The owners of the damaged flats be compensated within three months of passing the order and the entire report of repair and payment of compensation be placed before the Lok Pal, Toliya ordered.

The order also took serious note of the fact that the district administration had not carried out any survey of the damaged flats till now.

The order noted that as there were many elderly people and children living in the housing complex, they needed a common plot for recreation and it would be unfair to deprive them of the same. The Lok Pal therefore asked the revenue department to ensure that the plot was released for these residents without any delay.

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