Gujarat Earthquake News

Amit Shah highlights PM Modi’s effort in taking water to Gujarat houses
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

NEW DELHI: With the campaign for Gujarat polls intensifying , BJP has trained its spotlight on the tenure of Narendra Modi as Gujarat CM, recalling the achievements the current PM notched up helping BJP pull off wins. As part of the effort, Union home minister Amit Shah recalled Modi's popular feat in solving the perennial water problem in the state which now boasts of piped water supply to each house, including far flung villages in the parched deserts. “Every countryman, especially the young generation in Gujarat, must watch the video that highlights Modi's foresight and hard work in dealing with the state’s water crisis,” Shah said on Twitter. He shared a short video to highlight Modi’s efforts to augment the water supply in Gujarat, saying the state suffered from a water crisis 21 years ago, but every household is now receiving it through taps. The video pointed out that the water table in the state had dropped to 200 metre in 2001, the year Modi took over as its chief minister, from 30 metre in 1975, with its dry and arid area increasing. Through various schemes, the then state government under Modi built a network of canals spanning across 1,126 km and supplied piped water to households, while the height of the Narmada dam was raised to 138.68 metre, the short video emphasized, referring to Modi’s defiant effort for completing the construction of dam in the face of hostility from activists who enlisted the support of World Bank, and sections of opposition and despite the indifference of the Centre. Prime Minister Modi, while opening “Smriti Van”, a memorial for the victims of the 2001 earthquake in Kutch, to public recalled the efforts to improve conditions in Gujarat since he took over as CM in the aftermath of the devastating Kuch earthquake of 2001. “Kutch has changed in the last 20 years and this change has been massive,” Modi had said. On Sunday, he again spoke about the changes brought about by him. Modi was Gujarat’s chief minister from 2001-14 before becoming the Prime Minister. Assembly polls in the state are scheduled to be held on December 1 and 5, and the BJP is pulling out all the stops to maintain its winning streak since 1995.

Amit Shah highlights PM Modi’s effort in taking water to Gujarat houses
UPSC Essentials: One word a day – NDMA, the statutory body
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

Take a look at the essential concepts, terms, and phenomena from the static and current parts of the UPSC-CSE. The Post Read Q&A will help you to self-evaluate your retention memory after reading the article.Word: NDMASubject: Disaster Management (DM)Relevance: Very important as disasters have become very common. Also, this body was in news due to its foundation day. We go deep in understanding the theme of the foundation day through a government scheme and an inspiring example or a case study that an aspirant can quote and enrich the answer in Essay, GS III and Ethics. ‘Volunteerism’ is the underlined term.Why in news?— The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) celebrated its 18th Formation Day on September 28, 2022, in New Delhi.— The theme for this year’s Foundation Day was “Volunteerism in Disaster Management”.What is NDMA?— The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is India’s apex statutory body for disaster management.— The NDMA was formally constituted on 27th September 2006, by the Disaster Management Act, 2005.— The Prime Minister is its chairperson and it has nine other members. One of the nine members is designated as Vice-Chairperson.— Disaster Management Act also envisaged the creation of State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs) headed by respective Chief Ministers and the District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMA) headed by the District Collectors/ District Magistrate and co-chaired by Chairpersons of the local bodies.— The primary responsibility for the management of disaster rests with the State Government concerned. However, the National Policy on Disaster Management puts in place an enabling environment for all i.e., the Centre, state and district.— India is also a signatory to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) that sets targets for disaster management.How has NDMA evolved?— NDMA has also gone through the same stages. The Government of India (GOI), in recognition of the importance of Disaster Management as a national priority, set up a High-Powered Committee (HPC) in August 1999 and a National Committee after the Gujarat earthquake, for making recommendations on the preparation of Disaster Management plans and suggesting effective mitigation mechanisms.— The tenth Five-Year Plan document also had, for the first time, a detailed chapter on Disaster Management. The Twelfth Finance Commission was also mandated to review the financial arrangements for Disaster Management.— On December 23, 2005, the Government of India enacted the Disaster Management Act, which envisaged the creation of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), headed by the Prime Minister, and State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMAs) headed by respective Chief Ministers, to spearhead and implement a holistic and integrated approach to Disaster Management in India.What is the vision of NDMA?— “To build a safer and disaster resilient India by a holistic, pro-active, technology driven and sustainable development strategy that involves all stakeholders and fosters a culture of prevention, preparedness and mitigation.”— According to NDMA website, India envisions the development of an ethos of Prevention, Mitigation and Preparedness. The Indian government strives to promote a national resolve to mitigate the damage and destruction caused by natural and man-made disasters, through sustained and collective efforts of all Government agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations and People’s participation. This is planned to be accomplished by adopting a Technology-Driven, Pro-Active, Multi-Hazard and Multi-Sectoral strategy for building a Safer, Disaster Resilient and Dynamic India.What are the functions and responsibilities of NDMA?— NDMA, as the apex body, is mandated to lay down the policies, plans and guidelines for Disaster Management to ensure a timely and effective response to disasters. Towards this, it has the following responsibilities: – ALSO READ |UPSC Essentials: One word a day – A-G, the constitutional post“Volunteerism in Disaster Management”: Apda Mitra scheme— The National Disaster Management Authority of India (NDMA), started a scheme to train community volunteers in disaster response in selected flood-prone districts of India.— Stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha in March 2022“The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has implemented a Scheme of Aapda Mitra on a pilot basis to train 6000 community volunteers (200 per district) in 30 flood-prone districts of 25 States/UTs in disaster response   with  a  focus   on   flood,  so  that   they  can   respond   to  the community’s immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster. More than 5500 volunteers have been trained under the pilot scheme.Based on the success of the pilot scheme, and request from the States/UTs, Government of India has approved the Up-Scaling of Aapda Mitra Scheme, covering 350 districts prone to flood, landslide, cyclone and earthquake to train 1,00,000 community volunteers in disaster response.Apart from this, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) conducts community awareness programmes for the capacity building of community in disaster management. In the year 2021, NDRF has trained 1380 community volunteers in disaster management.NDRF is also conducting School Safety Programme (SSP) and imparting basic training to school children as well as teachers to evacuate themselves during an earthquake. During 2021, NDRF has conducted 81 SSPs covering 18,057 beneficiaries.To inform, educate and to make the people aware, NDMA runs awareness generation campaigns through electronic and print media, including social media, on various disasters, from time to time. These campaigns include Do’s & Don’ts, Audio-Visual films, messages containing preparedness before, during and after disaster events.”Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Nityanand Rai on the occasion of the foundation day of NDMA, 2022 said “Sewa, Samarpan & Paropkar” is the identity of Aapda Mitras.Why such a scheme?— When a disaster happens, volunteers from the affected community are normally the first to act.— In any disaster, however quick the government machinery may be, external help takes time to reach the affected people and this time lag is very crucial in saving lives and livelihood.The impact of volunteers in disaster response can be tremendous, as the extent of damage – in terms of economic and human loss – is greatly influenced by the initial response to a disaster. Therefore, there lies a critical need to train these volunteers in certain basic skills in disaster management so that they are able to respond in an informed and prompt manner as well as assist the concerned agencies in rescue and relief operations.“Volunteerism in Disaster Managements”: Inspiring example or a Case studyKerala Floods in 2018:— A team of 30 volunteers, comprising journalists, lawyers and IT workers, managed several operations besides supplying food to over 30,000 people following distress calls they received on the 1077 helpline number. They took control of the Rescue Operation Centre at Ernakulam of the district disaster management authority.— They managed these operations with the help of hundreds of fishermen and also coordinated with several choppers through personal contacts in Air Force and NDRF.— The 30-member team eventually split into multiple teams as the volume of distress calls went up. “It was something we never anticipated,” said one of the volunteers.— Harish Vasudevan, a Kerala High Court lawyer, said the team was split to handle the huge number of distress calls. “One group of nine attended calls and noted down details. Another team of nine engaged in data entry, while the others made calls and used social media to coordinate rescue efforts In several cases, we reached out to personal contacts,” he said. As Aluva, Chalakkudi and Paravur areas witnessed massive flooding, the 30-member team connected to several WhatsApp groups with over 1200 volunteers in all, including celebrity radio jockeys to IT employees to lawyers to fishermen.Point to ponder: How we can have disaster-free floods?MCQ:Which of the following statement is not true with respect to NDMA?a) It is a statutory body.b) Prime Minister of India is the Chairperson of the NDMA.c) Nine other members of the NDMA are nominated by the chairperson.d) the Minister of State for Home Affairs acts as the Vice-Chairperson of NDMA.Answer to previous MCQ: One word a day – A-G  (d)Post Read Q&ACan you recall what you read?

UPSC Essentials: One word a day – NDMA, the statutory body
Floods in Pakistan bear similarities to those in India. It’s time for a collaborative mechanism to deal with extreme weather events
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

There are indications that India will join the growing number of countries and international bodies that have responded to Pakistan’s appeal for help to deal with the ravages of the worst floods to hit the country in more than a decade. According to a report in this newspaper, discussions are underway at the highest levels on extending assistance to the beleaguered nation. In the past, too, the humanitarian impulse to reach out to a neighbour in crisis has moved Delhi and Islamabad to keep their geopolitical rivalry in abeyance. Pakistan provided assistance after the Gujarat earthquake of 2001. India did likewise when large swathes of Pakistan were flooded in 2010. The cooperation between the two countries during the Kashmir earthquake of 2005 even precipitated conversations about a collaborative disaster relief mechanism. Unfortunately, however, there has been little headway on that count, though the two countries did put down the cudgels again during the Kashmir floods of 2014.Pakistan has experienced an unusually wet monsoon this year. The season began in June, a month earlier than usual, after a nearly two-month-long drought. In August, the country received more than three times the normal rainfall. Though scientists can’t yet affirm the extent to which the catastrophe has been aggravated because of climate change, there is near unanimity that the deluge bears the imprint of a global-warming-induced extreme weather event. Swollen rivers cause more havoc because drainage systems in cities have not received adequate attention from the country’s planners. In several parts of Pakistan, embankments that have not been repaired for years have been swept away.The similarities between the calamity confronting Pakistan today and India’s recent experiences with weather vagaries are striking. This shouldn’t be surprising. The two countries have shared colonial legacies in urban planning and flood management. The same southwest monsoon that brings the bulk of India’s annual rainfall causes rain in Pakistan as well. The melting glaciers in the Himalayas do not respect borders. The ecological continuities in the Subcontinent make the case for regional cooperation on climate-related matters compelling. India and Pakistan do come together during negotiations at the UNFCCC fora — they are a part of an informal coalition that often asks for more financial action from developed countries to check climate change. But the outlook of South Asian governments towards forces of nature seems to be frozen in an era when the place of river and mountain systems in diplomacy is determined by economic and political considerations. The Subcontinent could learn from ASEAN’s initiative to draft a State of Climate Report on the eve of COP-26 last year — it outlines opportunities for cooperation and collaboration in the region for combating climate challenges. Data sharing mechanisms on river flows, flood alert systems, even a common renewable energy-dominated electricity grid, could substantially reduce the climate vulnerability of people in South Asia.

Floods in Pakistan bear similarities to those in India. It’s time for a collaborative mechanism to deal with extreme weather events
The same calamity
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

There are indications that India will join the growing number of countries and international bodies that have responded to Pakistan’s appeal for help to deal with the ravages of the worst floods to hit the country in more than a decade. According to a report in this newspaper, discussions are underway at the highest levels on extending assistance to the beleaguered nation. In the past, too, the humanitarian impulse to reach out to a neighbour in crisis has moved Delhi and Islamabad to keep their geopolitical rivalry in abeyance. Pakistan provided assistance after the Gujarat earthquake of 2001. India did likewise when large swathes of Pakistan were flooded in 2010. The cooperation between the two countries during the Kashmir earthquake of 2005 even precipitated conversations about a collaborative disaster relief mechanism. Unfortunately, however, there has been little headway on that count, though the two countries did put down the cudgels again during the Kashmir floods of 2014.Pakistan has experienced an unusually wet monsoon this year. The season began in June, a month earlier than usual, after a nearly two-month-long drought. In August, the country received more than three times the normal rainfall. Though scientists can’t yet affirm the extent to which the catastrophe has been aggravated because of climate change, there is near unanimity that the deluge bears the imprint of a global-warming-induced extreme weather event. Swollen rivers cause more havoc because drainage systems in cities have not received adequate attention from the country’s planners. In several parts of Pakistan, embankments that have not been repaired for years have been swept away.The similarities between the calamity confronting Pakistan today and India’s recent experiences with weather vagaries are striking. This shouldn’t be surprising. The two countries have shared colonial legacies in urban planning and flood management. The same southwest monsoon that brings the bulk of India’s annual rainfall causes rain in Pakistan as well. The melting glaciers in the Himalayas do not respect borders. The ecological continuities in the Subcontinent make the case for regional cooperation on climate-related matters compelling. India and Pakistan do come together during negotiations at the UNFCCC fora — they are a part of an informal coalition that often asks for more financial action from developed countries to check climate change. But the outlook of South Asian governments towards forces of nature seems to be frozen in an era when the place of river and mountain systems in diplomacy is determined by economic and political considerations. The Subcontinent could learn from ASEAN’s initiative to draft a State of Climate Report on the eve of COP-26 last year — it outlines opportunities for cooperation and collaboration in the region for combating climate challenges. Data sharing mechanisms on river flows, flood alert systems, even a common renewable energy-dominated electricity grid, could substantially reduce the climate vulnerability of people in South Asia.

The same calamity
PM Modi Shares Highlights From Gujarat Visit: "Thank You For The Affection"
Ndtv | 2 months ago | |
Ndtv
2 months ago | |

PM Modi held a roadshow in Gujarat's Bhuj yesterday.New Delhi: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day Gujarat visit came to an end, he thanked his home state for the "affection" that he received there. On Sunday, PM Modi held a roadshow in Bhuj and greeted people. Thank you Gujarat for the affection. Here are highlights from the programmes in Bhuj. pic.twitter.com/Myp4HCtlQg— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 29, 2022He inaugurated the Smriti Van Memorial built in memory of those who lost their lives in the earthquake of 2001. During the earthquake in Gujarat on January 26, 2001, 185 school children and 20 teachers were buried under the rubble of nearby buildings while attending a rally in Anjar town of Kutch.PM Modi, as the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, had announced the construction of the memorial in the memory of the children who died. The memorial was inaugurated by the Prime Minister yesterday.Highlighting the country's development journey, PM Modi on Sunday said that despite experiencing many shortcomings, India will be a developed nation by 2047.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comHe also inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of projects worth around Rs 4,400 crore in Bhuj."When I say from the ramparts of the Red Fort that India will be a developed country by 2047, you can see that amidst death and disaster, we made some resolutions and we realized them today. Similarly, what we resolve today, we will surely realize in 2047," said PM Modi addressing a gathering.

PM Modi Shares Highlights From Gujarat Visit: "Thank You For The Affection"
  • PM holds informal meeting with core panel at BJP office
  • The Indian Express

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Gujarat BJP headquarters Shree Kamalam and held an “informal” meeting with the party core committee late Sunday. Senior minister in Gujarat government and spokesperson of the government Jitu Vaghani, who is also one of the members of the core committee, said that the PM expressed happiness over the work being done by the state government and the party.Party authorities have recently expanded the core committee while adding four new members to it.Briefing media about the PM’s visit, Vaghani said that during the meeting, the committee members got guidance from the PM. Party sources said that Modi’s visit to Shree Kamalam was a clear message that there is not going to be any change in the party leadership and that the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections will be held under Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and party president CR Paatil. Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxRecently, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Admi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal had claimed that the BJP high command, terrified by AAP, was going to remove Paatil as Gujarat BJP president.

  • PM Modi Holds Meeting With BJP Leaders In Gujarat Before Concluding Visit
  • Ndtv

    The Prime Minister wrapped up the visit to his home state and headed to Delhi.Gandhinagar: With Gujarat Assembly elections just a few months away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held a closed-door meeting here with the core committee members of the BJP's state unit, a party functionary said.Prime Minister Modi, who had been on a two-day visit to Gujarat since Saturday, held the meeting at the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) state headquarters 'Shree Kamalam', he said.After attending the party meeting, the Prime Minister wrapped up the visit to his home state and headed to Delhi.Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, state BJP president C R Paatil and most of the party's core committee members from the state took part in the meeting.Some of the key leaders who attended the meeting include former CM Vijay Rupani, state Education Minister Jitu Vaghani, former ministers Bhupendrasinh Chudasama and Ganpat Vasava, and sitting Lok Sabha members Bhartiben Shiyal and Ranjanben Bhatt.The meeting, which went on for nearly one-and-a-half hours, assumes significance as Assembly elections are expected to be held in December this year.Sources said Prime Minister Modi reviewed the ruling party's preparedness for the upcoming polls and gave suggestions for its victory, Press Trust of India reported.The prime minister's meeting at the BJP's state headquarters was not part of his official itinerary and it was planned later, Press Trust of India reported, quoting sources as saying.After taking part in Suzuki Motor Corporation's event at Mahatma Mandir on Sunday evening, Modi reached Shree Kamalam to chair the core committee meeting, after which he left for the national capital.Briefing the media afterwards, Mr Vaghani said the prime minister accepted the state leadership's request to attend the core committee meeting.However, he did not reveal the details as to what exactly transpired at the meeting.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"While the CM shared the pro-people work being done by his government, Paatil briefed the PM about various organisational aspects of the party. Other members also shared anecdotes about how people are getting various benefits under the BJP rule. The PM expressed happiness on the work being done by both - the government and party in the state," Vaghani told reporters.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Earthquake-hit Gujarat faced plots to defame it, stop investment, says PM Narendra Modi
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

RAJKOT: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday that Gujarat has charted a new path of progress by overcoming drought, earthquake and other natural calamities as well as conspiracies to defame and stop investments in the state. “Gujarat overrode all of these,” Modi said, while addressing a public meeting after inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of development projects in Bhuj — a town 20km from the epicentre of the 2001 earthquake that killed over 13,000 people. He said a period of conspiracies started against the state even when it was dealing with the natural calamity. “In order to defame Gujarat in the country and the world, conspiracies were hatched one after another to stop investments here,” Modi said. “Amidst the death and destruction of the deadly 2001 Kutch earthquake, I had resolved to rebuild Kutch and we worked hard for it. There were many who said Kutch will never be able to stand again. It was a challenge for us. But we proclaimed that we will turn disaster into an opportunity and we achieved it. Today, you are witnessing the results,” he said. He said he has similarly resolved to make India a developed country by 2047 and hoped that too would turn into a reality. “When I proclaim from the Red Fort that India will be a developed country by 2047, we will surely realise it in 2047,” Modi asserted. Recalling the eve of the devastating earthquake, Modi said: “I remember I was in Delhi when the earthquake happened. I reached Kutch the next day. I was just a small party worker and not the CM. I didn’t know how, or how many people I would be able to help. But I decided I will stay with the people of Kutch in their hour of grief. When I later became the CM, that experience taught me a lot.” Modi said Gujarat was the first state in the country to enact the Disaster Management Act. “Based on Gujarat’s law, similar laws were enacted for the entire country. Today, the Act has helped every government in the country during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said. Highlighting the work done since 2001, Modi said the Krantiguru Shyamji Krishna Verma Kachch University was opened in 2003 and over 35 new colleges have also been established. He also highlighted the earthquake-proof district hospitals and over 200 clinics in Kutch. On the second day of his visit to his home state, Modi launched several projects worth about Rs 4,400 crore in Bhuj, including a 2001 earthquake memorial Smriti Van. The memorial-cum-museum was envisioned by Modi when he was CM. Modi also held a roadshow in Bhuj. Hundreds of people gathered along the road to greet the PM, who stood in his car for the entire 3km-long roadshow. At one point, he got down from his car and walked to greet the people.

Earthquake-hit Gujarat faced plots to defame it, stop investment, says PM Narendra Modi
  • There were conspiracies to defame Gujarat, stop investment: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • Times of India

    RAJKOT: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that Gujarat not only dealt with natural calamities like drought and earthquake but also thwarted conspiracies to defame and stop investments in the state. "Gujarat overrode all of these to chart a new path of progress," Modi said, while addressing a public meeting after inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of development works in Bhuj. The PM said that in 2001 he had resolved to rebuild Kutch, which suffered unprecedented destruction following the killer quake, and now it has become a reality. He added that he has similarly resolved to make India a developed country by 2047 and hoped that it too turns into a reality. On the second day of his visit to his home state, Modi launched several projects worth about Rs 4,400 crore in Bhuj, including that of the 2001 earthquake memorial - Smriti Van - to honour those who lost their lives during the calamity. The memorial-cum-museum was envisioned by Modi when he was the chief minister of the state. Besides this, PM Modi also inaugurated the Kutch branch canal of the Sardar Sarovar project, new automatic milk processing and packing plant of Sarhad Dairy, Regional Science Centre at Bhuj, Veer Bal Smarak at Anjar, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Convention Centre at Gandhidham and Bhuj 2 substation at Nakhatrana. More than 13,000 people had died during the January 26, 2001 earthquake in Kutch. Many people from Kutch district, especially from Bhuj, had died in the killer earthquake. Speaking about the Smriti Van Memorial in Bhuj and Veer Bal Smarak at Anjar, Modi said that these were symbols of the shared pain of Kutch, Gujarat and the entire country. "My mind was filled with emotions while inaugurating these memorials. I must say that the Smriti Van Memorial is at par with the 9/11 memorial in the US and the Hiroshima Memorial in Japan," Modi said, adding that the memorial is a tribute to the victims and also the remarkable fighting spirit of Kutchi people. PM said that even as Gujarat was dealing with the natural calamity, a period of conspiracies started against the state. "In order to defame Gujarat in the country and the world, one after another conspiracies were hatched to stop investments here," Modi said asserting that Gujarat, however, was unstoppable on its forward march. "Amidst the death and destruction of the deadly 2001 Kutch earthquake, I had resolved to rebuild Kutch and we worked hard for it. There were many who said that Kutch will never be able to stand again. It was a challenge for us. But we proclaimed that we will turn disaster into an opportunity and we achieved it. Today, you are witnessing the results," he said. "When I proclaim from the Red Fort that India will be a developed country by 2047, we will surely realize it in 2047," Modi asserted, adding that though one may see many deficiencies now, he can clearly visualise his dreams. Recalling the eve of the devastating quake, Modi said, "I remember I was in Delhi when the earthquake happened and reached Kutch the second day. Then I was just a small party worker and not the chief minister. I didn't know how, or how many people I would be able to help. But I decided that I will stay with the people of Kutch in that hour of grief. When I later became the CM, that experience taught me a lot." Modi said that Gujarat was the first state in the country to enact the Disaster Management Act. "Based on Gujarat's law, similar laws were enacted for the entire country. Today, the Act has helped every government in the country during the Covid-19 pandemic," the PM said. Highlighting the incredible work done since 2001, Modi said the Krantiguru Shyamji Krishna Verma Kachch University was formed in 2003 and more than 35 new colleges have also been established.

  • Earthquake-hit Gujarat faced plots to defame it, stop investment, says PM Modi
  • Times of India

    RAJKOT: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday that Gujarat has charted a new path of progress by overcoming drought, earthquake and other natural calamities as well as conspiracies to defame and stop investments in the state. “Gujarat overrode all of these,” Modi said, while addressing a public meeting after inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of development projects in Bhuj — a town 20km from the epicentre of the 2001 earthquake that killed over 13,000 people. He said a period of conspiracies started against the state even when it was dealing with the natural calamity. “In order to defame Gujarat in the country and the world, conspiracies were hatched one after another to stop investments here,” Modi said. “Amidst the death and destruction of the deadly 2001 Kutch earthquake, I had resolved to rebuild Kutch and we worked hard for it. There were many who said Kutch will never be able to stand again. It was a challenge for us. But we proclaimed that we will turn disaster into an opportunity and we achieved it. Today, you are witnessing the results,” he said. He said he has similarly resolved to make India a developed country by 2047 and hoped that too would turn into a reality. “When I proclaim from the Red Fort that India will be a developed country by 2047, we will surely realise it in 2047,” Modi asserted. Recalling the eve of the devastating earthquake, Modi said: “I remember I was in Delhi when the earthquake happened. I reached Kutch the next day. I was just a small party worker and not the CM. I didn’t know how, or how many people I would be able to help. But I decided I will stay with the people of Kutch in their hour of grief. When I later became the CM, that experience taught me a lot.” Modi said Gujarat was the first state in the country to enact the Disaster Management Act. “Based on Gujarat’s law, similar laws were enacted for the entire country. Today, the Act has helped every government in the country during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said. Highlighting the work done since 2001, Modi said the Krantiguru Shyamji Krishna Verma Kachch University was opened in 2003 and over 35 new colleges have also been established. He also highlighted the earthquake-proof district hospitals and over 200 clinics in Kutch. On the second day of his visit to his home state, Modi launched several projects worth about Rs 4,400 crore in Bhuj, including a 2001 earthquake memorial Smriti Van. The memorial-cum-museum was envisioned by Modi when he was CM. Modi also held a roadshow in Bhuj. Hundreds of people gathered along the road to greet the PM, who stood in his car for the entire 3km-long roadshow. At one point, he got down from his car and walked to greet the people.

  • On PM Modi's "Conspiracy To Defame Gujarat" Remark, Congress' Response
  • Ndtv

    Congress hit back at PM Modi over his "conspiracies to defame Gujarat" remarks.New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his "conspiracies to defame Gujarat" remarks, saying the truth is that the state had emerged as an economic powerhouse long before he became the chief minister.Prime Minister Modi on Sunday said there have been conspiracies to defame Gujarat and stop investments to his home state, but the state ignored them and charted a new path of progress. He made the remarks addressing a rally after inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of development works in Kutch district ahead of Gujarat elections slated later this year.Hitting out at the prime minister, Congress general secretary, communications, Jairam Ramesh said, "PM claims there's a plot to defame Gujarat. The truth, which he is incapable of saying, is that long before he became CM, Gujarat had already emerged as an economic powerhouse due to its spirit of enterprise." "Public sector investments by INC govts catalysed the state's growth," he tweeted.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comIn his speech, PM Modi said he can clearly visualise that in spite of many deficiencies now, India will be a developed nation by 2047.He said Gujarat ignored all efforts to defame it, defied the conspiracies and the state charted a new path of progress.

  • There were conspiracies to defame Gujarat, stop investment: Modi
  • The Indian Express

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said there have been conspiracies to defame Gujarat and stop investments to his home state.Modi was addressing a rally after inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of development works in Bhuj district ahead of Gujarat elections slated later this year.“There were conspiracies to defame Gujarat in the country and the world. Repeated attempts were made to stop investment coming to the state, but the state chose a new path of progress,” Modi said.“After the 2001 Kutch earthquake, in the midst of the destruction, I had spoken about redevelopment of Kutch and we worked hard for it. Today, you are witnessing the results,” he said.There were many who said Kutch won’t be able to recover from the earthquake but people there have changed the scenario, he said.“You may see many deficiencies in India now, but I can clearly visualize that by 2047, India will be a developed nation,” Modi said.

  • There Were Conspiracies To Defame Gujarat, Stop Investment: PM Modi
  • Ndtv

    PM Modi said he can clearly visualize that by 2047 India will be a developed nation. (File)Bhuj (Gujarat): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said there have been conspiracies to defame Gujarat and stop investments to his home state.PM Modi was addressing a rally after inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of development works in Bhuj district ahead of Gujarat elections slated later this year."There were conspiracies to defame Gujarat in the country and the world. Repeated attempts were made to stop investment coming to the state, but the state chose a new path of progress," PM Modi said."After the 2001 Kutch earthquake, in the midst of the destruction, I had spoken about redevelopment of Kutch and we worked hard for it. Today, you are witnessing the results," he said.There were many who said Kutch won't be able to recover from the earthquake but people there have changed the scenario, he said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"You may see many deficiencies in India now, but I can clearly visualize that by 2047, India will be a developed nation," PM Modi said.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Power of unity took care of Kutch, state during deadly tremors: PM
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Dedicating two memorials — Smriti Van and Veer Balak Smarak — in Bhuj to those who lost their loved ones in the 2001 Kutch earthquake that killed over 13,000 people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said he was doing it “with a heavy heart”, adding the “power of unity took care of Kutch and Gujarat in the face of deadly tremors”.Inspired by a memorial in China, Smriti Van, built on the side of Bhujiyo Dungar at Bhujiyo hill in Bhuj town, and Veer Balak Smarak in Anjar town, dedicated to 185 primary school students and their 21 teachers who were killed in the quake, are symbols of the shared pain of the people of Kutch, the PM said.“…many have curated their bricks and blocks with their tears… I remember, in Anjar, relatives of children proposed the idea of Bal Smarak and we all resolved that we would do it by karseva. The resolve has materialised today. With a very heavy heart, I dedicate these memorials to those who lost their loved ones, children,” said Modi.Appealing to the people of Kutch to ensure that their guests don’t go back without visiting the Smriti Van, the PM added, “I also appealed to the education department to reserve one day for school students to visit Smriti Van so that they can learn about the dynamics of the earth and the nature.”Citing its tourism potential, Modi said, “Smriti Van is important globally and it is duty of Kutch to take care of it. Let us ensure that no corner of it is without dense forest. We have to make Bhujiyo Dungar lush-green… Smriti Van has (tourism) more potential than our Rann Utsav… Do not miss this opportunity… I seek your support to make Bhujiyo Dungar a popular name in the world.”Claiming that the work to rebuild Kutch was unparalleled, Modi highlighted the establishment of Krantiguru Shyamji Krishna Verma University in Bhuj in 2003 as well as 35 new colleges, more than 1,000 schools, earthquake-proof modern hospital and over 200 new health centres.Underlining that shortage of water was the biggest issue of Kutch in 2001, Modi added that today every household in the district gets Narmada water for drinking purpose and that Narmada water has started flowing in irrigation canals. Thousands of hectares of land in Kutch have been brought under irrigation by constructing thousands of check-dams and desilting reservoirs under Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay scheme, he added.The PM also inaugurated the Kutch Branch Canal of Narmada, two projects of Power Grid Corporation of India among others.“Two decades ago, if someone talked about irrigation canals and drip irrigation system, there were very few who believed in it,” Modi said, adding that during his Gujarat Gaurav Yatra in 2002, while visiting Mandvi town of Kutch, he had sought people’s support while promising that he would bring Narmada water to Kutch and today, that promise has been fulfilled as Narmada water has reached Mod Kuba village in Mandvi taluka of Kutch through the Kutch Branch Canal.Addressing a public meeting organised in Bhuj, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel said, “Thanks to farsightedness in water management by honourable Prime Minister, Narmada water has reached water-starved district like Kutch. Modi has kept his promise by bringing Narmada water to Kutch’s border village of Mod Kuba, 750 km away from southern border of Gujarat.”Claiming that in 20 years, milk production in Kutch has increased manifold, the PM said that when Sarhad Dairy was established in Kutch in 2009, its daily milk collection was less than 1,400 litres per day but today, it is collecting five lakh litres every day and dairy farmers of the district are earning Rs 800 crore annually.“Kutch has not only lifted itself up but it has also given a new impetus to development to entire Gujarat,” Modi said adding places such as the Kutch desert, Dhordo, Tent City and Mandvi have become major tourist attractions of India. Kutch is generating 2,500 megawatts of renewable energy and that the biggest solar-wind hybrid power plant is being developed in Khavda in Kutch, he added.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxGujarat became the first state of India to enact a disaster management act and drawing from it, the Central government enacted a similar law. Modi said law came in handy during the pandemic.

Power of unity took care of Kutch, state during deadly tremors: PM
PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Gujarat’s Smriti Van memorial dedicated to earthquake victims
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

BHUJ: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated Smriti Van memorial, which celebrates the resilience shown by people during the devastating 2001 earthquake in the Kutch region of Gujarat. PM Modi said Smriti Van is a tribute to the lost lives and the remarkable fighting spirit of the people of Kutch. The grand structure, which is the first such memorial in the country according to a Gujarat government official, is spread over 470 acres on Bhujio Hill near Bhuj town. It celebrates the spirit of resilience in the wake of the death of nearly 13,000 people during the earthquake on January 26, 2001, which had its epicentre in Bhuj. The memorial carries names of the people who lost their lives during the earthquake. It also has a state-of-the-art Smriti Van Earthquake Museum. PM Modi, who is on a two-day Gujarat visit, on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of the project, spread across 170 acres on the hill. After the inauguration, PM Modi, accompanied by Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel, took a stroll inside the museum premises where officials and tour guides informed him about its various aspects. Notably, it was PM Modi who came up with the idea of setting up such a memorial when he was the chief minister of Gujarat, officials earlier said. The museum showcases Gujarat's topography, rebuilding initiatives and success stories after the 2001 earthquake, and informs about different kinds of disasters and future readiness for any type of disaster. It also has a block to relive the experience of an earthquake with the help of a 5D simulator and another block for people to pay homage to the lost souls. Many people from Kutch district, especially from Bhuj, were among those killed in the earthquake, which had its epicentre near Chobari village of Bhachau taluka, about 20 km from Bhuj town. One of the key attractions of this project is a special theatre where visitors can experience an earthquake through vibration and sound effects. The museum, having eight blocks and spread across 11,500 square meters, will showcase the Harappan civilisation of this region, scientific information regarding earthquakes, Gujarat's culture, science behind cyclones and Kutch's success story after the earthquake, a government release said. There are also 50 audio-visual models, a hologram, interactive projection and virtual reality facilities at the museum for visitors. Bhujio Hill was a military base for former rulers of the Kutch region. It has a 300-year-old fort, which was also repaired and restored under this project. Nearly three lakh trees were also planted on the hill using the Miyawaki method, the release said. Other attractions include 50 check dams, a sun point and pathways with an overall length of eight kilometres, 1.2 km of internal roads, a 1 MW solar plant and parking facility for 3,000 visitors, it said. As a tribute to 12,932 people who lost their lives in the earthquake, their names area etched on the walls of the check dams.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Gujarat’s Smriti Van memorial dedicated to earthquake victims
  • Gujarat: PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Smriti Van memorial for 2001 Bhuj earthquake victims
  • Times of India

    BHUJ: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated Smriti Van memorial which is dedicated to the victims of the devastating 2001 earthquake in the Kutch region of Gujarat. Modi said Smriti Van is a tribute to the lost lives and the remarkable fighting spirit of the people of Kutch. The grand structure, which is the first such memorial in the country according to a Gujarat government official, is spread over 470 acres on Bhujio Hill near Bhuj town. It celebrates the spirit of resilience in the wake of the death of nearly 13,000 people during the earthquake on January 26, 2001, which had its epicentre in Bhuj. The memorial carries names of the people who lost their lives during the earthquake. It also has a state-of-the-art Smriti Van Earthquake Museum. PM Modi, who is on a two-day Gujarat visit, on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of the project, spread across 170 acres on the hill. After the inauguration, Modi, accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, took a stroll inside the museum premises where officials and tour guides informed him about its various aspects. Notably, it was PM Modi who came up with the idea of setting up such a memorial when he was the chief minister of Gujarat, officials earlier said. The museum showcases Gujarat's topography, rebuilding initiatives and success stories after the 2001 earthquake, and informs about different kinds of disasters and future readiness for any type of disaster. It also has a block to relive the experience of an earthquake with the help of a 5D simulator and another block for people to pay homage to the lost souls. Many people from Kutch district, especially from Bhuj, were among those killed in the earthquake, which had its epicentre near Chobari village of Bhachau taluka, about 20 km from Bhuj town. One of the key attractions of this project is a special theatre where visitors can experience an earthquake through vibration and sound effects. The museum, having eight blocks and spread across 11,500 square meters, will showcase the Harappan civilisation of this region, scientific information regarding earthquakes, Gujarat's culture, science behind cyclones and Kutch's success story after the earthquake, a government release said. There are also 50 audio-visual models, a hologram, interactive projection and virtual reality facilities at the museum for visitors. Bhujio Hill was a military base for former rulers of the Kutch region. It has a 300-year-old fort, which was also repaired and restored under this project. Nearly three lakh trees were also planted on the hill using the Miyawaki method, the release said. Other attractions include 50 check dams, a sun point and pathways with an overall length of eight kilometres, 1.2 km of internal roads, a 1 MW solar plant and parking facility for 3,000 visitors, it said. As a tribute to 12,932 people who lost their lives in the earthquake, their names area etched on the walls of the check dams. (With inputs from PTI)

  • Modi inaugurates Gujarat’s ‘Smriti Van’ memorial dedicated to earthquake victims
  • The Indian Express

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the “Smriti Van” memorial, which celebrates the resilience shown by people during the devastating 2001 earthquake in the Kutch region of Gujarat.Modi said “Smriti Van” is a tribute to the lost lives and the remarkable fighting spirit of the people of Kutch.The grand structure, which is the first such memorial in the country according to a Gujarat government official, is spread over 470 acres on Bhujio Hill near Bhuj town.It celebrates the spirit of resilience in the wake of the death of nearly 13,000 people during the earthquake on January 26, 2001, which had its epicentre in Bhuj.The memorial carries names of the people who lost their lives during the earthquake. It also has a state-of-the-art Smriti Van Earthquake Museum.Modi, who is on a two-day Gujarat visit, on Sunday inaugurated the first phase of the project, spread across 170 acres on the hill.After the inauguration, Modi, accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, took a stroll inside the museum premises where officials and tour guides informed him about its various aspects.Notably, it was Modi who came up with the idea of setting up such a memorial when he was the chief minister of Gujarat, officials earlier said.The museum showcases Gujarat’s topography, rebuilding initiatives and success stories after the 2001 earthquake, and informs about different kinds of disasters and future readiness for any type of disaster.It also has a block to relive the experience of an earthquake with the help of a 5D simulator and another block for people to pay homage to the lost souls.Many people from Kutch district, especially from Bhuj, were among those killed in the earthquake, which had its epicentre near Chobari village of Bhachau taluka, about 20 km from Bhuj town.One of the key attractions of this project is a special theatre where visitors can experience an earthquake through vibration and sound effects.The museum, having eight blocks and spread across 11,500 square meters, will showcase the Harappan civilisation of this region, scientific information regarding earthquakes, Gujarat’s culture, science behind cyclones and Kutch’s success story after the earthquake, a government release said.There are also 50 audio-visual models, a hologram, interactive projection and virtual reality facilities at the museum for visitors.Bhujio Hill was a military base for former rulers of the Kutch region. It has a 300-year-old fort, which was also repaired and restored under this project.Nearly three lakh trees were also planted on the hill using the Miyawaki method, the release said.Other attractions include 50 check dams, a sun point and pathways with an overall length of eight kilometres, 1.2 km of internal roads, a 1 MW solar plant and parking facility for 3,000 visitors, it said.As a tribute to 12,932 people who lost their lives in the earthquake, their names area etched on the walls of the check dams.

  • Memorial for quake victims in China’s Sichuan inspires Veer Balak Smarak, Smriti Van in Kutch
  • The Indian Express

    On the morning of January 26, 2001, schoolchildren from 18 government primary schools of Anjar town in Kutch district were marching with tricolours to celebrate the 52nd Republic Day when buildings came crashing down on them as an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale struck. As many as 185 children and 22 teachers died.On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a memorial dedicated to them that is a project inspired by the memorial at Sichuan in China after the 2008 earthquake in which thousands were killed, including 1,000 students and teachers of Beichuan Middle School.The memorial built in Anjar, called the Veer Balak Smarak or brave children’s memorial, will be part of several projects that Modi will inaugurate in Kutch that includes the Smriti Van in Bhuj — a memorial to the 12,932 people killed in the epicentre of the earthquake in Kutch district, also inspired from Sichuan.In 2004, Modi, then chief minister of Gujarat, announced the memorial that has now been built by the state roads and buildings department at a cost of Rs17.50 crore. Cutouts of children are installed in the Veer Balak Smarak, while the Beichuan memorial has statues of children running out of a building.After his China visit in 2012, then CM Modi had sent Kutch District Development Officer Harshad Patel to visit Sichuan province to study earthquake memorials, museums and craft villages built after the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake of 8.1 magnitude.A four-member team led by Patel visited Sichuan and documented details for the Smriti Van to be constructed on the Bhujiyo hill of Bhuj to commemorate the 2001 Kutch earthquake.Following the visit, Patel prepared a report by mobilising local teachers and social organisations who had contacted survivors and families of victims to document events and experiences that could be a part of the Smriti Van project.Recalling the presentation he gave to the CM in 2013, Patel, who is now Relief Commissioner, told The Indian Express that Modi went through it “keenly and patiently”.On the lines of Sichuan province earthquake where relic sites, including Beichuan County Government, Rural Credit Union and Vocational School, were protected, the 2013 report also suggested setting up of an “earthquake village” and memorials, especially in Adhoi and Bhachau that suffered major devastation.“Keep it as it is today as it has a great capacity to be established as an earthquake memorial and should be developed as an earthquake village,” says an instruction alongside pictures of damaged houses and a temple in the presentation.The Veer Balak Smarak, set up on the lines of the Relic Site of the school in Beichuan, has a memorial and a museum.The memorial section at Anjar has a wall with names and sketches of the victims, inspired from Beichuan, and a giant “prakashpunj” (bulb) that will be visible in the whole town.The museum has seven galleries, the first of which has photos and memories associated with the children and teachers. The second recreates the quake and how the children were trapped in rubble, while the third contains an earthquake simulator that will give visitors a feel of an earthquake of 6.9 magnitude. The fourth explains the process of earthquakes and why they occur. There is also a gallery where visitors can pay their tribute to the victims through digital media.Ahmedabad-based Vastushilp Consultants, founded by celebrated architect BV Doshi, has designed the memorial part of the Smriti Van, while Design Factory India (DFI) has designed the museum and interior of the project with KPMG serving as the project management consultant.Rajiv Kathpalia, architect from Vastushilp Consultants, who was also part of the four-member team that visited China, said that the the memorial idea was initiated in 2004. “We were given a brief by then CM Narendra Modi to plant a tree for each victim,” Kathpalia said, adding, three lakh trees were planted to form the Smriti Van in Bhuj, located at the Bhujiyo Hill where the Bhujiyo fort was also restored, as part of the project.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxThe initial site identified for the “self-sustaining forest” was Tapkeshwari, that was changed to Bhujiyo Hill in 2010.“The plan right from museum in one end to the sun point at the other was conceptualised and designed in such a way that it is with the nature,” said Kathpalia.The initial design of the project, at an estimated cost of Rs 375 crore, has had several additions and modifications over nine years since 2013 when actual work started on the site.The Smriti Van, spread across 470 acres, of which phase 1 is near completion on 170 acres of land  has 1,020 names engraved of the 12,932 earthquake victims.An official release said 100 family members of the victims will be present when the PM will inaugurate the Veer Balak Smarak.

For Anjar residents, memories of dreadful quake hauntingly fresh
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

RAJENDRASINH ZALA, an accountant with a transport firm, plays with his toddler son Yugvir at his residence at Yadavnagar as workers are frantically fitting halogen floodlights in Veer Balak Smarak (VBS) across the Garden Road in Anjar town of Kutch late Friday evening.Zala, 34, informs his mother Tanuba, who is doing the dishes after dinner, that he had received a phone call from Ashok Soni, a leader of Anjar Vali Mandal, a parents’ association, informing him that he and his father Pradipsinh Zala and 98 others have to go to Bhuj—the district headquarters of Kutch—to attend a ceremony where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate VBS, a memorial dedicated to the 185 students and 21 teachers who were killed in an earthquake that hit Anjar on January 26, 2001.Tanuba just smiles wryly but utters no word. Her daughter Truptiba, then 10, was among the 185 students who were buried alive as the 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit Kutch at 8:46 am on January 26, 2021, flattening shops and schools and houses in the old town area of Anjar. “I couldn’t see her face one last time and wave her a final goodbye as my husband sent us to our relative’s place in Gandhidham after the quake and informed me three days later that Truptiba was found dead under the rubble in Khatri Chowk. She was barely recognisable and was cremated immediately, he told me, as I mourned in Gandhidham,” the 60-year-old mother of four recounts. Her husband, Pradipsinh Zala, is a worker with Kandla Port Trust.Truptiba, the couple’s only daughter, was the youngest of their four children and was a Class 6 student at School No 14—one of the 20 primary schools run by Anjar Municipal School Board (AMSB). In fact, Shailendrasinh, Truptiba’s elder brother, who was a Class 7 student in the same school, was also part of the prabhatferi (morning march) taken out to mark the 52nd Republic Day. But he was rescued after five hours and escaped with minor injuries.The two siblings were among around 500 upper primary students, aged between 10 and 13 years, who had assembled outside the Swaminarayan temple in the Savasar Naka area of the town at 8 am that day for taking out prabhatferi from Savasar Naka to Town Hall, says Khimji Sindhav, the then administrative officer of AMSB.Mrudula Pandey and Bharat Shah, then Anjar municipality president and vice-president respectively, flagged off the march at around 8:25 am, teachers recall. Raising slogans, the students were marching to beats of drum through Mochi Bazar, Datar Chowk and Khatri Bazar—the narrowest stretch on the 1.5-km-long route from Savasar Naka to Town Hall when the earthquake struck.“The marching students were hardly 150 metres away from Town Hall when buildings shook and crumbled in Khatri Chowk, burying us all,” says Khanta Vaghamsi, Kanya Shala No.1 principal who was then an assistant teacher with School No.1. “Initially, I thought some foreign country had bombed us. Then, I thought it could be some electric short-circuit. But realised it was an earthquake when I saw houses and shops crumbling. After moments of dizziness, when I regained myself, I found my lower limbs under the rubble of the roof of a shop,” Vaghamshi, a native of Anjar who was 27 years old then and suffered injuries to her spinal-cord, says.While Vaghamshi was pulled out of the debris after three hours, her four colleagues—Janakben Bhatt, Kailash Antani, Hansa Patel and Praveena Delura and 39 students of School No.1 were killed. “Hansa and Praveena had children between eight and 10 years old. We could do little for our colleagues and students at that moment,” the teacher, who was able to walk after seven months, reflects. “Why are we remembering all this!” she mumbles as her eyes become moist.But Tanuba knows why she remembers Truptiba. “Everyone celebrated Rakshabandhan on August 11 but my little daughter was not around to tie rakhi to her three brothers. I miss her the most during family functions and festivals like this,” says the mother who has no formal education.The prabhatferi was to culminate at Town Hall where the then Anjar sub-divisional magistrate was to unfurl the Tricolour at the taluka-level Republic Day celebrations.Now, Truptiba’s is among the 200-plus black-and-white photos on the memorial wall inside VBS. Steel cut-outs, showing a girl marching holding the Tricolour aloft and other children raising slogans, in the foreground of the museum inside VBS immortalise the school students whose Republic Day parade ended in tragedy. The incident had drawn the likes of former US President Bill Clinton to visit Khatri Chowk and pay tributes to the young victims.However, Lakshmikant Vora (76), the younger brother of Harshendubala Vora—a teacher at Girls School No.2 who was killed in Khatri Chowk during the march—says he won’t be able to visit VBS. “Should I visit the memorial and see my sister’s photo there? No, no… I will not be able to control my emotions,” says the retired civil engineer. “I’d rather continue paying tribute to my sister by offering flowers every January 26 at the small memorial built by the Indian Army at the gate of the Town Hall which is near where my sister’s last march ended,” he says, adding he has been rueing for the past 21 years as to why Harshendubala did not join him on a trip to Abu that January 26.But Ashok Joshi, father of Badal—one the students of School No.1 who was killed in Khatri Chowk, says he will muster the courage to visit VBS once it is thrown open to visitors by the PM Sunday. “I am aware that visiting that place and seeing my son’s photo on the memorial wall will make me immensely sad. But I’ll take the solace in the fact that he has not been forgotten,” says Joshi, a fabrication worker.Teachers are still struggling to find logical conclusions. “Many argue that children would have been safe had the march started a few minutes early or a few minutes late. But who knows for sure? People also allege teachers didn’t do enough to save children. But it was a matter of just 90 seconds. We were helpless. The chain of arguments never ends my mind. I’ve concluded that in an earthquake like that, all that matters is who is where. One will not get any time to react. This is the cruel reality,” says Mavaji Maheshwari, principal of School No.1 who was guiding the march from the front and who escaped unhurt.The quake changed the way primary students celebrate national festivals. The schools stopped taking out prabhatferis after 2001, ending the decades-old tradition. “People felt it was no longer safe to allow children out for such events so early in the morning. So, primary schools stopped taking out prabhatferis thereafter,” says Bharat Shah who had taken over from Pandey as Anjar municipality president in July 2002.Many of the buildings of the AMSB schools built post quake don’t have grounds or forecourts large enough to organise a flag-hoisting ceremony. “Students, therefore, join the flag-hoisting at SDM office but they reach there on their own, not in a formal march,” says Shah.After the 2001 quake, the government and civil society organisations helped people rebuild their homes and shops in Khatri Chowk. The Anjar municipality also helped Anjar Vali Mandal build Viranjali Balbhumi—a memorial dedicated to the fallen students—in Datar Chowk, a few metres north to Khatri Chowk in 2016.Khatri Chowk is back to the same business—selling hand-dyed clothes and raw materials needed for this art. “I came rushing from my home in the Nava Anjar area to Khatri Chowk to check on my nephew Salim and our shop but there was no trace of him and our shop was reduced to rubble. Instead, I found Kantilal Suthar saheb (a teacher of School No.3) gasping. He died in my arms, crying for help for students,” says Osman Khatri, while sitting in his shop called Salim Handicraft in Khatri Chowk.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxSalim was later found dead. He was among the 60 people from Khatri community to be killed in the quake even as the tremors left more than 4,000 dead in the town, officers of Anjar municipality say. “It was like a nightmare. But this area is our home and at one point, one has to resume life. One thing that has changed is that Khatris shifted their residence to other parts of the town while rebuilding shops here. The lane that was so narrow as to allow only one auto-rickshaw to pass through at a time is now nine metres wide,” says Mohsin Khatri (37) of Mohsin Handicraft.Meanwhile, inside the memorial section in VBS, Aarti Sorathiya (28), a marketing executive with a private firm, struggles to keep pace with the questions of her six-year-old daughter Rita as she and her friend Darshana Sorathiya, a college student, shows the child around in fading sunlight. “Why have they pasted the photos of these children here?” Rita asks. “Chalya gaya tetla mate (Because they walked away),” the mother replies. “Where and why?” the child further probes. The mother fades for a moment. Then tells the child: “They walked up to god, as the god loved them.”

For Anjar residents, memories of dreadful quake hauntingly fresh
Gujarat: PM Narendra Modi to dedicate Smritivan in Bhuj on August 28
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

GANDHINAGAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate Smritivan in Kutch on August 28 during his two-day visit to Gujarat. The museum is a tribute to the people who lost their lives during the earthquake in Kutch on January 26, 2001. The PM had initiated the project to build a museum when he was chief minister of Gujarat. The simulator theatre with shaking floor, all-around projection supported with automated lighting and surround sound experience will make the visitor relive the scenes from the 2001 earthquake, an official statement said. Smritivan Memorial Project, spread across 470 acres, is built atop Bhujiyo Dungar at Bhuj. The museum has eight blocks named Rebirth, Rediscover, Restore, Rebuild, Rethink, Relive and Renew. Each block provides specific attractions to the visitors, based on its name. The journey of Bhuj post the 2001 earthquake is narrated in the form of a presentation in addition to providing a glimpse of the rich Harappan civilisation, the science of seismology, heritage, culture and art of Gujarat, and real-time emergency situations through a control room. In all, 50 audio visual models, holograms, interactive projections and virtual reality have been used to provide a world-class experience to the visitors, the statement said. A gallery will allow the visitors to pay their respects to the people who lost their lives in the 2001 quake by lighting up a digital flame. The local stone of Kutch has been used to construct the walls of the museums and its floors. An interesting feature of this stone is that it will only strengthen with wear and tear, the statement said. Phase I of the project in 170 acres of land is being developed at present. Phase I comprises of 50 check dams, sun point, pathways with an overall length of 8km, internal roads of 1.2km length, restoration of an old fort wall, 1MW solar power plant, parking for 3,000 visitors, earthquake museum in 11,500 sq ms, Nameplates of 12,932 victims who lost their lives during the earthquake have been installed on the wall of the check dams.

Gujarat: PM Narendra Modi to dedicate Smritivan in Bhuj on August 28
Bhuj traders trying to get quake relief benefits from Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation
Times of India | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: The legal heirs of two entrepreneurs from Bhuj and one entrepreneur himself, who lost their industrial sheds at the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) estate there in the earthquake of 2001, are in Gandhinagar trying to get interest and penalties on their dues waived by the GIDC. GIDC had waived all dues of most plot-holders in the estate after the earthquake. It even funded 60% of the cost of reconstruction of the sheds, but these three entrepreneurs could not apply for these benefits within the stipulated time as the heads of their families were missing after the earthquake. The local industries association is lobbying with GIDC on behalf of these heirs, asking that the penalties and interest on those payments be waived and that they be allotted these plots at the current prices. The delegation met GIDC officials in Gandhinagar on Thursday. Bhuj GIDC Industries Association president Arvind Thakkar said, “GIDC had waived all dues of entrepreneurs after the earthquake. There were 44 sheds that were constructed by GIDC and sold to entrepreneurs and all were destroyed in the earthquake. A scheme was introduced where the entrepreneur had to pay 40% of the reconstruction cost and there was a subsidy of 60% from the state government.” However, these three unit holders could not apply for this scheme as the owner of two plots went missing and one had many persons killed in his family and had gone to Punjab. Thakkar said, “In 2009, the GIDC decided to bear 60% cost of reconstruction on humanitarian grounds for all units. These three units could not get these benefits and GIDC is now demanding around Rs 80 lakh from for outstanding payments, interest, penalties and non-utilization charges. We want GIDC to provide relief for these three plots, as all others had received aid. They could be reallotted the plots at current rates because these are very small plots, ranging 400 and 700 square metres in size.” GCCI GIDC committee chairman Ajit Shah said, “GIDC should waive the dues of these plot holders. They are ready to pay the current price of the plots and keeping in mind the earthquake, GIDC should reallot these plots on humanitarian grounds.” He added that GIDC officials have promised them a favourable result.

Bhuj traders trying to get quake relief benefits from Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation
  • Bhuj traders trying to get quake relief benefits from GIDC
  • Times of India

    Ahmedabad: The legal heirs of two entrepreneurs from Bhuj and one entrepreneur himself, who lost their industrial sheds at the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) estate there in the earthquake of 2001, are in Gandhinagar trying to get interest and penalties on their dues waived by the GIDC. GIDC had waived all dues of most plot-holders in the estate after the earthquake. It even funded 60% of the cost of reconstruction of the sheds, but these three entrepreneurs could not apply for these benefits within the stipulated time as the heads of their families were missing after the earthquake. The local industries association is lobbying with GIDC on behalf of these heirs, asking that the penalties and interest on those payments be waived and that they be allotted these plots at the current prices. The delegation met GIDC officials in Gandhinagar on Thursday.Bhuj GIDC Industries Association president Arvind Thakkar said, “GIDC had waived all dues of entrepreneurs after the earthquake. There were 44 sheds that were constructed by GIDC and sold to entrepreneurs and all were destroyed in the earthquake. A scheme was introduced where the entrepreneur had to pay 40% of the reconstruction cost and there was a subsidy of 60% from the state government.”However, these three unit holders could not apply for this scheme as the owner of two plots went missing and one had many persons killed in his family and had gone to Punjab. Thakkar said, “In 2009, the GIDC decided to bear 60% cost of reconstruction on humanitarian grounds for all units. These three units could not get these benefits and GIDC is now demanding around Rs 80 lakh from for outstanding payments, interest, penalties and non-utilization charges. We want GIDC to provide relief for these three plots, as all others had received aid. They could be reallotted the plots at current rates because these are very small plots, ranging 400 and 700 square metres in size.”GCCI GIDC committee chairman Ajit Shah said, “GIDC should waive the dues of these plot holders. They are ready to pay the current price of the plots and keeping in mind the earthquake, GIDC should reallot these plots on humanitarian grounds.” He added that GIDC officials have promised them a favourable result.

Sena MLAs misled, MP-Rajasthan model can’t be replicated in Maharashtra: Sanjay Raut
The Indian Express | 5 months ago | |
The Indian Express
5 months 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 | 5 months ago | |
Times of India
5 months 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 | 11 months ago | |
Ndtv
11 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