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Quake-affected set out on "padyatra" to meet Chief Minister Saturday, April 14, 2001
Ahmedabad, Apr 12 (PTI) Peeved at the failure of Gujarat Government to announce a rehabilitation package for Kutch, 700 quake-affected people, mostly from Anjar and Bachhau, have formed a group and set out on a 350 km padyatra from border district to Gandhinagar to meet Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel.
The "padyatris", including women, who are trudging about 30 to 40 kms daily, have reached Viramgam in Ahmedabad district Wednesday and would be in Gandhinagar Friday.
Meanwhile, opposition Congress said Gujarat would have to pay a heavy price for the dithering on announcing a rehabilitation package for the four worst-hit towns of Kutch district - Anjar, Bachhau, Rapar, Bhuj - which were devastated in the January 26 earthquake.
A decision is still awaited on whether they would be rebuilt or relocated.
Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel has said a comprehensive rehabilitation package for Anjar will be announced by April 23
President of Gujarat Pradesh Mahila Congress Dr Shantaben Chavda warned that if the state governmend did not act immediately, the situation could go out of control.
She told PTI on Thursday that people of Kutch were feeling miserable and neglected and therefore anger was building up in them and could lead to a demand for a separate state.