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April 12, 2001 - April 12, 2001

Package or separate state, say Kutchis Thursday, April 12, 2001

VIRAMGAM: Anil Kumar Darji has lost his mother, father, wife and daughter to the January 26 quake. The single-storey tenement in ward number 10 of Anjar, which used to house Darji's family, was reduced to rubble when a multi-storey apartment beside it fell on top. He was working at a tailoring unit in Saudi Arabia when disaster struck Gujarat. On reaching Anjar in February, Darji was reunited with the sole survivor of his family - his son Viral.

* Kantilal Suthar, a businessman of Anjar, is still grieving. Since January 26 all his efforts to locate his 11-year-old son, Sawan Kumar Kantilal, have ended in futility. His son was part of the Republic Day parade in Anjar where more than 300 students were buried alive. Suthar has been to hospitals in Mumbai, Pune, Nasik and Sabarkantha chasing rumours that quake victims were being treated there. He has employed dumpers, huge earthmovers and heavy equipment to remove rubbles in search of his son, but all in vain.

Both Anil Kumar and Kantilal are homeless, unemployed and frustrated today. They are part of the 700-strong rally which is closing in on Gandhinagar to settle scores for the neglect of Anjar by the state government.

Each night as the padyatra of Group 2001 comes to a halt at a camp in some non-descript place along the highway connecting Gandhinagar to Bhuj, the grieving residents of Anjar, Bhachau and Bhuj huddle together to find solace.

With anger writ large on their faces, the grieving marchers say it's a fight to the finish with the Gujarat government. "Either give us a comprehensive relief package," they demand in unison, "or separate Kutch from rest of Gujarat."

"Kutch has been relegated to an orphaned status for many years now. The district, which sometimes was touted as cyclone-hit or drought-hit by the state government to rake in stupendous sums as donations, has been left to fend for itself even after the devastating earthquake," says Dr Shyam Sunder, a general surgeon practising in Anjar and a leader of this people's movement.

He adds, "More than two-and-a-half months have gone by since the earthquake left Anjar in ruins, but the government has not been able to pay any heed to our woes or even announce a suitable package that would provide respite to the thousands who have been rendered homeless and jobless since January 26."

Bhavika and Upmika, daughters of Ushaben Premji Sarathiya of Anjar, were buried alive in Anjar. They were part of the Republic Day parade. "Both the girls had left home at 7.30 am but they never returned. Our hopes turned futile when their bodies were recovered from under the rubbles that once was Anjar," lamented Sarathiya. It was little solace for her on recovering her daughters' bodies near the Khatri chowk in Anjar. The girls were still holding hands.

Like Sarathiya almost all the rallists have lost their homes and ways of earning a living. "We are being given houses made of GI sheets. In the extreme temperatures living inside these houses made of asbestos sheets is like getting into a blast furnace," said Pushpaben Goswami, who has lost her elder son Rohit (13) to the quake.

Adds Goswami, "Nobody listens to us nor does anybody care. Nevertheless, I am determined to walk on till I reach Gandhinagar. I want to give a piece of my mind to Keshubhai. If he does not listen to us then the Group 2001 will walk all the way to Delhi and demand that Kutch be given a separate entity. We don't want to represent the begging bowl of Gujarat."

They are with a mission, one that will bring an end to years of neglect in Kutch. Says Megji Prajapati who breaks down as he talks about his 13-year-old who died during quake in Anjar, "Even if it be the last thing I do I want to get justice to Kutch. Death of my son will not go in vain."

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AMRELI ::::: Inadequate pumps, tanks add to Amreli's water problems Thursday, April 12, 2001

RAJKOT: Despite Narmada waters reaching Amreli, it has not been possible for the nagarpalika to supply water to residents regularly. The problem is that the civic body does not have the necessary equipment to supply water.

Sources in the Amreli nagarpalika said on Wednesday that the civic body did not have the required machinery to pump adequate quantity of water to be supplied to the people. Nor did it have overhead tanks to store the water. The city was also getting some water from the Mahi-Pariej pipeline.

Sources said the nagarpalika had a storage tank of 20 lakh litres. But that was not sufficient to cater to the needs of the residents. The civic body had divided the entire city into five zones for water distribution. But the demand was so much that 20 lakh litres of water was exhausted by giving water to just one zone.

Civic body member Sharad Dhakan said the civic body needed at least three tanks of 40 lakh litres capacity which would be sufficient to give water to the residents daily. Dhakan has demanded that three such tanks be constructed to solve the problem of Dhoraji residents.

Meanwhile, former legislator of Mangrol Chandrikaben Chudasma has called for a rally and a dharna programme on April 12, to protest against delay in supplying Narmada waters to Mangrol and also starting relief works for affected people.

She told TOINS that due to the salinity problem, the groundwater in Mangrol had become salty and there was shortage of drinking water. She said if Keshod could be given Narmada waters why could it not be the same for Mangrol.

The situation in Junagadh is no better. People here are just supplied 25 litres per head every fourth day. Though the Junagadh nagarpalika is drawing water from several points, illegal tap connections have confounded problems for the citizens.

Meanwhile, engineer with the water works department Batavia said the civic body was distributing water on the basis of old population records, but the population had doubled and it was becoming difficult to provide water to all.

The state government had assured the people that they would get Narmada waters by April 20, he said. But the biggest fear was that the nagarpalika did not have the means to pump that much water.

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Inadequate pumps, tanks add to Amreli's water problems Thursday, April 12, 2001

RAJKOT: Despite Narmada waters reaching Amreli, it has not been possible for the nagarpalika to supply water to residents regularly. The problem is that the civic body does not have the necessary equipment to supply water.

Sources in the Amreli nagarpalika said on Wednesday that the civic body did not have the required machinery to pump adequate quantity of water to be supplied to the people. Nor did it have overhead tanks to store the water. The city was also getting some water from the Mahi-Pariej pipeline.

Sources said the nagarpalika had a storage tank of 20 lakh litres. But that was not sufficient to cater to the needs of the residents. The civic body had divided the entire city into five zones for water distribution. But the demand was so much that 20 lakh litres of water was exhausted by giving water to just one zone.

Civic body member Sharad Dhakan said the civic body needed at least three tanks of 40 lakh litres capacity which would be sufficient to give water to the residents daily. Dhakan has demanded that three such tanks be constructed to solve the problem of Dhoraji residents.

Meanwhile, former legislator of Mangrol Chandrikaben Chudasma has called for a rally and a dharna programme on April 12, to protest against delay in supplying Narmada waters to Mangrol and also starting relief works for affected people.

She told TOINS that due to the salinity problem, the groundwater in Mangrol had become salty and there was shortage of drinking water. She said if Keshod could be given Narmada waters why could it not be the same for Mangrol.

The situation in Junagadh is no better. People here are just supplied 25 litres per head every fourth day. Though the Junagadh nagarpalika is drawing water from several points, illegal tap connections have confounded problems for the citizens.

Meanwhile, engineer with the water works department Batavia said the civic body was distributing water on the basis of old population records, but the population had doubled and it was becoming difficult to provide water to all.

The state government had assured the people that they would get Narmada waters by April 20, he said. But the biggest fear was that the nagarpalika did not have the means to pump that much water.

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Octroi evasion through angadia parcels detected Thursday, April 12, 2001

RAJKOT: Octroi officials here have detected octroi evasion through the angadia parcels brought into the city. In a surprise raid at the Morbi Road octroi checkpost one dozen parcels from six angadia firms were seized.

Octroi sources said on Wednesday the amount of evasion could run into lakhs of rupees.

The seized parcels depicted goods ordered by Khodiyar Trading from Danapith areas as plastic pieces worth Rs 1,000 but the search revealed 500 cassettes. The parcel was brought by angadia firm Arvind Kantilal.

In another case the contents were shown as watch cases while the stock also had straps. A firm belonging to Jayantibhai had ordered video games but the parcels contained VCDs.

Himalay Saree Emporium had shown readymade dresses priced at Rs 19. The parcel had 50 such dresses valued at Rs 950. However, the market value of each dress could be Rs 450. Jotter ball pens shown as priced at just Re 1 had come from Mumbai.

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Kandla port plans to augment facilities Thursday, April 12, 2001

RAJKOT: The Kandla port management will invest Rs 1300 crore under Vision 2010 programme to augment facilities and set up new infrastructure.

In a statement, the port trust said on Wednesday that four berths would be added. Installation of high capacity cranes, developing a full-fledged container terminal and converting the Samakhiali-Palanpur railway line into broad gauge are its highlights.

Dredging would be undertaken to handle vessels with 12 metre draft by 2003, 13 metre draft by 2005 and 14 metre draft by 2010 to enable handling of panamax and post panamax bulk and container vessels.

The liquid cargo at Vadinar registered a five per cent growth. The figure of 18.95 million tonnes during 2000-1 was achieved against 18.02 million tonnes in 1999-2000. An increase of 13 per cent was recorded in handling the 91,000 TEUs.

The quake and the commissioning of the Petronet pipeline from Reliance refinery to the petroleum terminals at Kandla in June had an adverse impact on KPT. The port lost nine million tones of POL due to the petronet pipeline. The transhipment at Vadinar was 3.85 million tonnes as against 6.60 million tonnes during 1999-2000.

The port handled 46.3 million tonnes of cargo during the last financial year and the output was 13 per cent of the total cargo handled by country's major ports.

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