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NABARD sanctions Rs 175 cr irrigation relief to Gujarat

The money has been sanctioned under the bank’s Rural Infrastructure Development Fund-XIX

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
August 30, 2013 3:56:42 am

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development has sanctioned Rs 175 crore to the Gujarat government for an irrigation project in Mehsana district in northern part of the state.

The money has been sanctioned under the bank’s Rural Infrastructure Development Fund-XIX for “construction of Narmada Main Canal-based Lift irrigation”. The project will have a 33-km-long pipeline that will transport 200 cusecs of water from the Narmada canal at Karan Nagar in Kadi to Sujalam Sufalam spreading canal near Dhadhusan in Mehsana district.

On completion,the project will provide supplementary irrigation to 6,000 hectares en route the length of the pipeline,stated an official release from the NABARD. It will also address drinking water issues faced by over 1.1 lakh people living in the 29 villages in the region.

According to Central government figures,Gujarat government has been allocated Rs 1,571 crore for irrigation during the 11th Five Year Plan (2007-2012). Of this the state government has spent about Rs 1,505 crore.

“With this sanction,the total RIDF loan assistance from NABARD to Gujarat aggregates to Rs 12,516 crore. Gujarat is in the list of top states using RIDF assistance of more than Rs 10,000 crore,” M K Mudgal,chief general manager of the bank,stated in the release.

GSRTC TO LAUNCH HIGH-END BUSES SOON

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) will be launching high-end service buses in private-public-partnership to ply on various destinations in and out the state. A GSRTC release said that 40 buses would be brought from private parties to run the service.

Equipped with two LCD screens (one in front and one in the middle),laptop/mobile charging point in each row,wi-fi hardware device compatible with GPS,the buses will have individual AC vents at every seat,the release said.

Tenders for the buses will be floated shortly,10 of which will be for double-axle and 30 for the single-axle buses. Among interstate buses,routes to Mumbai,Pune,Shrinathji,Bangalore and Shirdi and Mount Abu,while others will run within the state to places like Rajkot,Surat,Vadodara,Dwarka,Somnath,Goad,Bhavnagar and Jamnagar among others,the release said.

US-INDIAN ARCHITECT BACKS CEPT NEW DIRECTOR

AHMEDABAD: Christopher Benninger,noted American-Indian architect and one of the founder-directors of the CEPT University,lashed out at the negative campaign against its new director,Bimal Patel,in a letter on Wednesday. Benninger,who currently holds the post of a distinguished professor at CEPT,has come out in support of Patel in a six-page long letter.

The CEPT University recently saw the first-ever students’ protests this month against the scrapping of B Plan programme. It has been hit by a flurry of anonymous letters and online petitions criticising the new director’s administrative measures,calling for his removal owing to his ‘autocratic’ style of functioning. Calling for more accountability among faculty,he refers to the spate of consulting work done by faculty that has overridden their academic duties,causing huge debt to the institute. Benninger has called for the writers of the anonymous letters to come out and confront the matter in a professional way.

“As one of the founders of the School of Planning,I can assure you that as long as there are students in the course we have no plans to scrap it. The five-year Bachelors in Planning course was flagged off before Patel was made President of the institute. Also,being a five-year course,it was not recognised by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) or Institute of Town Planners of India (ITPI).”

Reacting to the letter,Patel said,“Contrary to common perception that consulting work has brought in a lot of money,it has actually hurt CEPT’s accounts by several crores… I want to change the system of education from ‘prescriptive’ to choice-based which is why the system of open electives has been introduced from this year.The fees hike was necessary to bring parity among the fees students have to shell out,which was not the case earlier.”

60 snakes,scorpions rescued from a fair in Sanand

Ahmedabad: About 60-odd snakes and scorpions have been rescued from a Janmashtami fair organised near Sanand,about 40 kms from Ahmedabad.

“There were about 22 Indian cobras and six babies of Vine snake which are mostly found in South India and Nepal. Several of these snakes are Schedule-I animals,” said Harmesh Bhatt,founder of Asha Foundation,an NGO that rescued the reptiles from snake-charmers operating in the fair. Royal snake,Indian python,rat snake,red sand boa,common sand boa were among the species of snakes rescued. “These snakes were being displayed openly at the fair by the snake-charmers,” Bhatt added.

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