Contracts worth Rs 18,000 crore have already been awarded for the construction of Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) in Gujarat, and a 100 kilometers stretch has already been commissioned, said officials of Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd (DFCCIL) on Saturday.DFCCIL is a special purpose vehicle set up under the administrative control of the Ministry of Railways.DFCCIL’s Rs 18,000 crore investment “includes major civil, electrical and Signal and telecommunications contracts worth Rs 14,000 crore and ROB (Road Over Bridges) contracts worth Rs 4,500 crore,” said Niraj Verma, Group General Manager, DFCCIL.“The total length of DFC in Gujarat is 565 kilometers of which about one-fifth of the route has been constructed and commissioned from New SriAmirgardagh till New Mehsana. About 52 trains are running of which approximately 20 trains ply towards Gandhidham and 10 trains from Pipavav,” Verma added.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxThese are dedicated tracks for operating freight trains and run almost parallel to the Indian Railways at many places in the state. The first trail on the DFC in Gujarat was successfully conducted between New Palanpur and New Mehsana stations in May, 2022.A total of 2,578 hectares have been acquired for the project and Rs 1,955 crore has been paid to 9,342 Project Affected Families as compensation in Gujarat.The route of DFC passes through 12 districts including Banaskantha, Patan, Mehsana, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Kheda, Anand, Vadodara, Bharuch, Surat, Navsari and Valsad.
The container with bags of threads arrived at the Pipavav port from Iran nearly five months backAhmedabad: In a joint operation, the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad(ATS) and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) have recovered nearly 90 kilogram of heroin worth Rs 450 crore from a shipping container that arrived at the Pipavav port in Amreli district from Iran, the state DGP said on Friday.To dodge the authorities, the drug syndicate had applied a unique modus operandi in which threads were soaked in a solution containing heroin, which were then dried, made into bales and packed in bags for export, said Gujarat Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia."The container, having large bags of threads, arrived at the Pipavav port from Iran nearly five months back. A forensic analysis of four suspicious bags having threads weighing nearly 395 kg revealed that the threads contained opiate derivative or heroin. In all, we found nearly 90 kg of heroin worth Rs 450 crore from those threads," Mr Bhatia told reporters in Gandhinagar.➡️ DRI seizes 395 kg of thread laced with heroin at Pipavav Port, Gujarat.➡️ DRI crackdown on drug smuggling syndicates results in seizure of more than 3,300 kg of Heroin, 320 kg of Cocaine and 230 kg of Hashish between Jan & Dec 2021.Read more 🔗 https://t.co/7mOtOC20HDpic.twitter.com/zeonMAt900— CBIC (@cbic_india) April 29, 2022In a release, the DRI said these bags having heroin-soaked threads were shipped along with other bags having bales of normal threads to avoid detection by the authorities.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com"The modus operandi in this case would have required the extraction of heroin mixed in the threads. Examination and seizure proceedings by the DRI under the provisions of the NDPS Act, 1985 are underway," said the release.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
The Coast Guard ships intercepted the Pakistani boat near the Gujarat coast. (Representational image)Ahmedabad: The Indian Coast Guard and the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad have apprehended a Pakistani boat with nine crew members on board in the Arabian Sea near the state coast and seized heroin worth Rs 280 crore from the vessel, a defence spokesperson said on Monday.The Coast Guard ships intercepted and apprehended the Pakistani boat 'Al Haj' when it ventured into the Indian waters, the spokesperson said in a statement.In a joint Ops with ATS #Gujarat, @IndiaCoastGuard Ships apprehended Pak Boat Al Haj with 09 crew in Indian side of Arabian sea carrying heroin worth approx 280 cr. Boat being brought to #Jakhau for further investigation. @DefenceMinIndia@MEAIndia@HMOIndia@SpokespersonMoD- Indian Coast Guard (@IndiaCoastGuard) April 25, 2022Officials found heroin worth Rs 280 crore on the boat, the statement said, adding that the boat as well as its crew members were brought to Jakhau port in Gujarat's Kutch district for further investigation.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com
RAJKOT: A picture of the four sub-adult lions resting on a bedstead in a farm in the outskirts of a village in Savarkundla range took social media by storm on Saturday. Clicked by forester Yasin Juneja a few days ago on the outskirts of Vadal village, the picture shows that despite the young lionsâ€™ devil-may-care attitude, the pride couldnâ€™t resist the inviting warmth of a comfortable bedstead while hunting for water in the chilly night. Lion movement is common in Dhari, Rajula and Savarkundla areas where the big cats frequent the places in search of easy prey and water. Once they venture out of Junagadh forest, lions usually find the neighbouring Amreli district their first ideal choice for a stopover, experts claim. Guesstimates peg around 130 lions to be moving in the Amreli district, majority of its land being revenue areas. Experts believe the easy prey base in the districtâ€™s primarily agrarian setting is what makes it a major attraction for the prides. Lions may have also made their habitat near human habitation despite its proximity to port Pipavav, which witnesses major movement of heavy vehicles and is fraught with risks for the straying wildlife.
A long with ship bugle, chances are very high that while on this sea port run by APM Terminals, you may also hear a lionâs roar. And not just a roar, you may be even luckier to be privy to a pride of Asiatic lions crossing your path at the entrance of Port Pipavav. Awed? Read on. Welcome to Port Pipavav in Gujaratâs Amreli district, managed by the worldâs biggest container terminal operator - Denmark-headquartered AP Moller Maersk, possibly the only such maritime facility in the world where lions tread free without fear or human interference. Sometimes these felines even come close to the jetty area and saunter between the huge containers that are offloaded from the ships. Port workers, however, have learned the art of cohabiting unperturbed in the presence of royalty! Believe it or not, this peaceful co-existence here is so fascinating, that a lioness has found the portâs main gate a peaceful zone to give birth to her cubs despite the constant flow of vehicles and port employees. In fact, wildlife experts say Port Pipavav is the only such port in the world which is a home to an endangered wild animal. "Your peaceful post-dinner stroll may be interjected by a lion or a cub â but itâs nothing uncommon. For us, itâs as simple as seeing a stray dog or cattle," a port executive, not wanting to be named, living in the colony for many years now, told TOI. The port colony houses 240 families. In zest, a senior forest officer said, "Port employeesâ mobile phones have more photos and videos of lions in their colony and at the port than their own selfies!" Amreli district adjoins the famous Gir sanctuary, the natural and only abode of Asiatic lions. But over the years, a burgeoning lion population has spilled out of the protected areas and into the district; frequently seen making a kill right inside villages, sauntering on the roads or calmly parking themselves right outside the villages. Sources said there are at least 40 lions residing within a 3-4 km stretch between Pipavav and Kovaya village, home to the massive plant of Ultratech Cement. The lions usually reside in the thick bushes adjoining the seashore, but often wander into the port area via the railway tracks. Badal Saiyed, who regularly drives trucks to the port, said, "We often have to slow down our vehicles to let the lions stroll across the road." On the 500m road leading to the port, truck drivers often stop their vehicles to shoot videos of lions crossing the road or just sitting in the bushes, a few metres off the actual facility. Many of them, however, have also been booked for âharassingâ this endangered species by chasing them with their vehicles. Notwithstanding the fact that many a time lions have killed their costly and sole source of income â the milch cattle â á¹¯the people of Amreli love the lions. And Pipavav too is no exception. It doesnât matter for these royal animals if hundreds of ships berth at the port. Their schedule remains unchanged! Amreli district, an abode of 100 lions: Though fascinating, experts say, lions in a port is not sustainable for the wild cats in the long term. "Landscape and habitat management for the growing population is a subject of paramount importance going forward. I believe initiatives such as Project Lion are being designed keeping in mind such long term-management goals," said Priyvrat Gadhvi, member, state wildlife board. How Pipavav got its name Legend has it that the king of Pipa in Rajasthan and his queen were touring Saurashtra around 1,500AD following spiritual guidance by their guru. Noticing acute famine here, they wanted to help out people but as per the conditions laid down by their guru, they couldnât use their royal wealth. The king was a great singer while his wife a danseuse. Using their art, they collected funds for charity and got a stepwell (vav) made to address water scarcity. One day, in his dream, the king saw Lord Krishna telling him about a neem tree which had a sole sweet branch. Next day, he and villagers found it to be true and named the place as Pipavav Dham. "Interestingly, Bherai village where the present port stands had a jetty with regular trade to Mumbai and south India with Rajula town being the nearest hub. Following disputes among claimants, Padma Shri poet and saint Dula Bhaya Kag suggested that the port be named after Pipavav Dham," said Prakash Thaker, former advisor, external affairs and PR, Port Pipavav.