Gujarat Earthquake News

Sena MLAs misled, MP-Rajasthan model can’t be replicated in Maharashtra: Sanjay Raut
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago

After Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde and a few MLAs went incommunicado a day after the BJP won five of the 10 seats in the Legislative Council polls in Maharashtra despite not having enough numbers, Shiv Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut said the Sena MLAs have been misled and taken to Gujarat. He added that the attempt to replicate the Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan scenario in the state will not succeed.“It is true that some of the MLAs are not in Mumbai and some of them were not reachable since night. But contact has been established with a few MLAs who went out of the city due to a misunderstanding. Eknath Shinde is also out of the city and he has also been contacted,” Raut said.“I or the Shiv Sena do not find any merit in the kind of picture which is being created right now that there will be an earthquake (in Maharashtra politics),” the Sena MP said, adding that the current “suspicious atmosphere will be cleared soon. Now we are going to Varsha (the chief minister’s official residence) for a meeting with CM Uddhav Thackeray.” All MVA leaders are in touch with each other, he revealed.“An attempt is being made to implement a pattern like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in Maharashtra hoping that the Uddhav Thackeray government will collapse. But the attempts which are being made will not be successful. There is a conspiracy and attempt to weaken the Shiv Sena by the BJP, but that will not happen,” he said.On Eknath Shinde, Raut said that till Monday he was with the MLAs in Hotel Westin and taking all efforts for the victory of both the Sena candidates. “He is a loyal shiv sainik and a colleague. Whatever is being said about him… I cannot say anything about it unless we speak to him,” he said.Recalling the government formation by BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis in 2019, Raut said, “In politics, we have to go through such situations. Two and a half years ago, the BJP did a similar experiment but it was not successful and hence they are trying to do the same now. This is also an attack on the back and from the front….”When asked whether there was a similar conspiracy to topple the government through Ekanath Shinde, he said, “There is a conspiracy but it won’t be successful. Shinde is a loyal shiv sainik.”Further, on the names of Sena MLAs who are unreachable, Raut said that the names cited by the media were not completely right. Some of the MLAs or ministers are already at Varsha Bungalow, including Gulabrao Patil, Sanjay Rathod and Pratap Sarnaik, he pointed out. “There is an attempt to destabilise and weaken the state, however it will not happen till Shiv Sena is there,” Raut added.The remaining MLAs, a few of whom are ministers, are saying that they have not understood what has happened, but they have been taken, he said, adding that they are in Surat, Gujarat, and arrangements were being made by BJP Gujarat chief R C Patil.“The MLAs are being taken by misleading them and we know why they are in Gujarat, who RC Patil is, and whose close confidante he is. The moment we contact them, they will come back immediately and hence those who are thinking of an earthquake or something of that sort should know that they will have to fight with the Shiv Sena first and only then can they think of weakening Maharashtra. Until we are there, they cannot destabilise the state,” the Sena spokesperson asserted.He said contact has been established with most of the MLAs. “Some of them wish to return but they are not being allowed. They have been surrounded (with police security and barricading). Such things can happen only in Gujarat because the government there works like this and the central government gets their work done there.”Raut also said that pressure tactics were being used. “Today also, in this situation, our co-leader Anil Parab has been summoned by the ED to ensure that he won’t be with us. These are all the tactics and plans which need to be understood and are being done to destabilise the state.” 

Sena MLAs misled, MP-Rajasthan model can’t be replicated in Maharashtra: Sanjay Raut
Ahmedabad: 15 flat owners to get Rs 39 lakh for fallen block
Times of India | 1 month ago
Times of India
1 month ago

AHMEDABAD: After a legal battle of 21 years, fifteen families of an apartment in Ellisbridge area will receive compensation of Rs 39.61 lakh with interest in compensation after their block collapsed during the 2001 earthquake. Out of three blocks of Akshardeep Apartments, B block fell down on January 26, 2001 and 11 persons lost their lives and seven others sustained serious injuries. There were 16 flats in this block. Fifteen households sued the owners’ association, architect and engineers with the Gujarat State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission and demanded Rs 83.40 lakh compensation. The owners’ association, Akshar Associates, structural engineer Jagdish Associates and supervising engineer Pankaj Modi have been ordered to pay Rs 39.61 lakh to 15 claimants amounts ranging between Rs 1.88 lakh and Rs 5.95 lakh. They have also been ordered to pay Rs 15,000 toward compensation for mental harassment caused to them and legal expenditure they had to incur. The dispute once reached the National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission, which in 2017 ordered for removal of the architect of the buildings from the case and asked the state commission to decide it. The residents had also lodged an FIR with Ellisbridge police station for substandard construction quality. Investigation took place in this case, but the accused were discharged by the trial court and the discharge was upheld by the Gujarat high court. Before the commission, the residents submitted that they were shocked and suffered the loss of lives and property due to defective design and use of substandard construction material so that the building collapsed during the earthquake. They also argued that most of the buildings in the city could withstand the shock of the earthquake and number of such buildings was quite high, but their building was unable to bear the jolt. The defendants argued that the building was constructed in 1993-94 and there was no problem with the structure for seven years. The earthquake was an act of god and many buildings collapsed during the calamity and therefore they cannot be held responsible. After hearing the case, the commission concluded that the residents were able to establish negligence and inaction on part of the opponents in carrying out the construction. While deciding the reparation, it considered that total purchase cost of 15 flats was Rs 68.84 lakh and the land cost was Rs 18.73 lakh. Since the state government had also announced compensation for loss of property at Rs 3,500/square yard construction and these residents had received total Rs 10.50 lakh from the government.

Ahmedabad: 15 flat owners to get Rs 39 lakh for fallen block
PM Modi To Virtually Address Gurpurab Celebrations At Gujarat Gurudwara Today
Ndtv | 6 months ago
Ndtv
6 months ago

As per the PMO, the Gurudwara had suffered damages during 2001 earthquake. (File)New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually address the Gurpurab celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Gurudwara Lakhpat Sahib in Kutch of Gujarat on Saturday.As per an official statement from Prime Minister's Office (PMO), the Prime Minister will address the Gurpurab celebrations at around 12:30 pm via video conferencing.Every year, from December 23 to December 25, Sikh Sangat of Gujarat celebrate the Gurpurab of Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Gurudwara Lakhpat Sahib.Guru Nanak Dev ji had stayed at Lakhpat during the course of his travels. Gurudwara Lakhpat Sahib has his relics including wooden footwear and palki (cradle) as well as manuscripts and markings scripts of Gurmukhi.As per the PMO, the Gurudwara had suffered damages during the 2001 earthquake."The then Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, had undertaken urgent efforts to ensure repair of the damages," the PMO said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"This step showed the deep reverence of the Prime Minister for the faith, as also reflected in multiple recent endeavours, including the celebrations of 550th Parkash Purab of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, 350th Parkash Purab of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, and 400th Parkash Purab of Guru Tegh Bahadur ji," it further added.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

PM Modi To Virtually Address Gurpurab Celebrations At Gujarat Gurudwara Today