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October 25, 2000 - October 25, 2000

Vadodara waits for water Wednesday, October 25, 2000

VADODARA, OCT 24: Even as the Vadodra Municipal Corporation (VMC) claimed that water will be supplied once on Tuesday, there were several areas in the city that did not receive water till late in the evening. They had earlier received water on Monday.
Residents in several areas complained that the pressure of water being supplied was much below the pressure on other days. In many places it was supplied for only 30 minutes instead of the scheduled 45 minutes. ``This is the case the very first day and we are sure that it will remain the the same for the next few days,'' said R J Shah, a resident of Karelibaug. Shah alleged that his area had been facing a similar shortage since the last few days when water was supplied for just 30 minutes.

Residents added that they had received water late in the evening on Monday and had spent all of Tuesday morning ``waiting for water.'' ``Water was supplied only late in the evening and most of the daily chores could not be done,'' said N M Pandya of Karelibaug. Pandya said they had made representations to their ward officers, but there was little that any official had done to take care of their problems.

``It is a problem that we know we will face till the next monsoon. There seem to be no ways by which it can now be prevented,'' said Nitaben Desai, another resident. She added that residents of their society were now prepared to hire water tanks to help them get through the next few days.

Festivals which were round the corner, she said, and water was definitely a necessity. ``We are just hoping that we do not face a situation like the people of Saurashtra,'' said Desai.

Back to business at Law Garden Wednesday, October 25, 2000

AHMEDABAD: Within weeks of encroachments being removed from Law Garden area, a few eateries and clothes sellers have made a comeback, setting up shop on footpaths and the same spots from where they were removed following a Gujarat High Court order.
Some fast-food stalls moved in silently on Sunday and late on Monday evening and set up makeshift shops so that they could pack up at the first sign of the Estate Department of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). However, emboldened by the fact that they were not disturbed on Monday night, they made their appearance early today.

But West zone Estate Department officials arrived at the spot in the evening and forced the larri owners and clothes sellers to move out from the place. But this action was taken only after officials were informed that the larris had begun operating again.

Civic body officials said this evening that all makeshift stalls that have been erected since the past few days will be cleared by night.

Almost a dozen eateries had started business in the evenings in Law Garden area. These included Ajay International Restaurant, Ajay Fast Foods, Green Rose Foods and others. The eatery owners arrive with plastic chairs, makeshift framework and other items which can be put into place within minutes.

In addition, a number of clothes sellers have also displayed their wares around Law Garden, from where they were evicted a few weeks ago. In fact, there have been customers at both the eateries as well as the clothes sellers during the past few days.

Following a High Court order, AMC bulldozers had razed to the ground illegal structures around Law Garden area on the night of September 13, removing a number of pucca structures as well as makeshift encroachments that had come up around the garden.

As per an AMC scheme devised in 1986, the establishments fall under a non-hawking zone. The Law Garden eateries started way back in 1952 with only four establishments. However, over the years, their number has grown considerably and was over 100 when the place was cleared by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation last month.

While larri owners refused to comment, deputy town development officer of AMC (west zone) P G Bhagchandani said now that the larris and clothes sellers have arrived again, they will have to be removed. ``I will send a team of estate officials there to clear the larris again,'' he said, when contacted.

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