GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE

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SHRI TRIPATHY APPEALS STEEL MINISTRY AND PSUS TO CONTRIBUTE ONE DAY’S SALARY FOR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

   The Minister of Steel shri B.K.Tripathy has expressed his condolence and grief for the death of hundreds of people in January 26, 2001 earthquake in Gujarat and has appealed to the officials of his Ministry and Public Sector Undertakings to generously contribute one day’s salary for the relief and rehabilitation of the affected people. In a letter addressed to the PSUs f Ministry of Steel, he has asked them to contribute to the PM’s Relief Fund for the earthquake victims.

    The Minister in an emergency meeting today met all the senior officials of the Ministry to keep in touch with Chief Secretary and Relief administration of Gujarat State and extend all possible help and co-operation for the amelioration of the miseries of the people. He has also asked the Steel Plant authorities to rush their medical staff with medicine to the affected areas to treat the injured survivors in the earthquake.

 

GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE

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NCC CADETS HELPING QUAKE VICTIMS

    National Cadet Corps (NCC) has been activised throughout Gujarat earthquake affected areas. Eleven hundred cadets have been mobilised in Ahmedabad and Rajkot alone to help hospital services and clearance of debris. They are also helping in evacuation of the injured and other people to safer places. This was informed by Director General NCC, Lt Gen A S Rao. Gen Rao said that 10,000 ground sheets, durries and jerseys have been sent for the quake affected persons in Gujarat.

 

GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE

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KAKRAPAR NUCLEAR PLANT IN GUJARAT IS SAFE AND OPERATING

    The Kakrapar Atomic Power Station situated in district Surat of Gujarat has been operating safely after the massive and tragic earthquake with its epicentre in Bhuj of Gujarat State. All the safety systems and the entire plant, which have been designed to withstand high intensity earthquake, continued to operate normally. The two units, each of 220 Mwe, are operating at full power and providing the much-needed electricity to the grid.

    Other nuclear units located at longer distances from the above epicentre and where earthquake intensities of lower level were felt are also in a healthy status and have been operating safely.

    Nuclear plants in the country are designed to be safe even under high seismic intensity corresponding to a maximum possible earthquake having a return period of one in 10,000 years of the respective areas.

 

GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE

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PEOPLE ALLOWED TO MAKE FREE TELEPHONE CALLS FROM PCOs AT BHUJ AND GANDHIDHAM

MASSIVE OPERATIONS ARE ON TO RESTORE TELEPHONE LINKS IN THE EARTHQUAKE AFFECTED AREAS

    The Department of Telecommunications(DoT) has mounted massive operations to restore and rectify telecommunication links in the earthquake hit State of Gujarat. A 140 Mbps system of Optical Fibre has been restored connecting Bhuj, Bhachau, Gandhidham and Rajkot to the National Network. At Gandhidham and Bhuj, many subscribers’ telephones have been made functional with the installation of the State-of-the-Art 2000 lines C-DOT exchange. People have also been allowed to make free calls from the Public Call Offices(PCOs) provided by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited(BSNL) at Bhuj and Gandhidham. The number of calls being made is over 5000 per day.

    Further, a 256 line exchange has been installed at Anjar, Bhachau, Rapar, Gagodar, Mandavi, Mundra, Nakhatrama. At Naliya, one thousand line C-DOT exchange has been installed. In addition, in these areas Optical Fibre Exchange connectivity is being provided. The work is likely to be completed for giving the transmission links to these areas by today.

    At Dayapar, Sumrasan and Khavda, where the damage to the telecommunication assets has been enormous, the installation of the telephone exchanges and the transmission link of Optical Fibre have been taken up on a priority basis and is likely to become functional shortly. Massive efforts are also being made to provide telephone exchanges as well as Optical Fibre Connectivity at Madapar, Adipur and Kandla.

    The Government has also provided Satellite phone terminals at the following places to enable telephone calls being made:

 

Station Tele.No. Station Tele.No.
Bhuj 761887199 Gagodar 761887193
Laltekri-2 761187190 Vithoon 761887210
Airport-1 761887196 Nakhatrana 761887198
Madhapar-1 761602892 Kotda/J 761887213
Nalia-1 762092816 Collectorate-2 761887213
Bhachau-1 761887194 Rapar 761887191
Mandvi 761887197 Mundra 761887211

 

GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE

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POWER MINISTER LEAVES FOR BHUJ

RS. 100 CRORE AD-HOC ASSISTANCE SANCTIONED FOR GUJARAT ELECTRICITY BOARD

POWER SUPPLY PARTIALLY RESTORED IN BHUJ

    The Minister for Power Shri Suresh Prabhu left here for Bhuj today, to inspect the damage caused to the power infrastructure in Gujarat following the massive earthquake which hit the state on January 26th. Shri Prabhu will be meeting the Gujarat Minister for Power during his visit.

    The Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) has sanctioned an ad-hoc assistance of Rs. 100 crore to the Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) for replacement and repairs of the damaged power distribution infrastructure in the earthquake affected areas of the state. This amount will help the GEB in replacing the damaged transformers, electricity lines, cables and poles. The power supply in Bhuj has been partially restored, and efforts are one to restore power elsewhere in the Kutch district.

    The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has sent a team of engineers from its Vindhyachal (Madhya Pradesh) and Korba (Chhattisgarh) stations to Gujarat to assist the GEB for restoring the power stations. NTPC has two gas based power stations in Gujarat, namely, Kawas with a capacity of 645 MW and Gandhar with a capacity of 648 MW. One 106 MW gas turbine and one 110.5 MW steam turbine in Kawas and one steam turbine with a capacity of 255 MW Gandhar was tripped due to the earthquake and was brought back within two hours. The NTPC has also sent five DG sets two cranes and civil and electrical assistance for repairing badly damaged sub-stations. The NTPC is also organizing medical camps at various places at its project sites.

    The Power Grid Corporation has sent 50 engineers to help restore the sub-transmission facilities in Kutch district and especially in Bhuj. The Emergency Restoration Service (ERS) based in Jamnagar, Itarsi and Delhi is on standby to be rushed to the State whenever required to repair small transmission towers. The Power Grid Corporation has also sent nine DG sets. The Corporation has also despatched tenting material and ready-to-eat foodstuff for use by the survivors of the earthquake.

 

GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE

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SHRI PRAMOD MAHAJAN CONTRIBUTES ONE MONTH'S SALARY TO PRIME MINISTER'S RELIEF FUND FOR GUJARAT RELIEF WORK

MINISTER TO CONTRIBUTE 10 LAKHS FROM (MPLAD) SCHEME

    In a major initiative to support and strengthen relief operations for the earthquake victims of Gujarat, Union Minister for IT & Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Pramod Mahajan has undertaken measures to facilitate relief work in the State of Gujarat.

    The Minister has written to the Prime Minister informing him of his contribution of one month salary to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for this national crisis. Shri Mahajan has also written to the concerned authorities asking them to allocate Rs. 10 lakhs from his MPLAD Scheme Fund for the year 2000-2001 to the State Government of Gujarat to help in the relief operations in the State. The Minister has requested the authorities to facilitate the transfer of funds at the earliest.

 

GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE

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SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRY TO WORK WITH NGOs FOR PROVIDING RELIEF TO EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS IN GUJARAT  

    The Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Smt. Maneka Gandhi has directed her Ministry to involve the Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) working in the field of old age, orphans and disabled for providing immediate relief to the earthquake victims in Gujarat.

    Smt. Gandhi asked the Ministry officials to coordinate their efforts with NGOs who have been asked to submit proposals for projects to be taken up in the affected areas. Teams from the National Institutes under the Ministry will be deputed to attend to persons with various disabilities.

    Helpage India, an NGO working for the old age persons has already been allocated on adhoc amount for starting services for the old age persons in Gujarat.

The Corporations under the Ministry viz. National Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation, National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation, National Minorities Finance & Development Corporation and National Handicapped Finance & Development Corporation will also make a quick assessment of the needs of the affected persons to ensure their rehabilitation and speedy release of funds to them.

    The officers and the staff of the Ministry have also decided to donate one day’s salary for the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

 

 

GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE

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GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE : BULLETIN ON RELIEF ARRANGEMENTS BY INDIAN RAILWAYS

  1. The earthquake that occurred on 26.01.2001 has caused severe devastation in Gujarat. The track on Viramgam – Gandhidham BG section, Navlakhi – Dahinsara BG section and Palanpur – Gandhidham MG section has suffered extensive damage. Communication has been disrupted on these sections. There have been damages to Railway station buildings (100), bridges(36),cabins(15) and staff quarters(350). Railways have launched relief operations on a war footing.
  2. Restoration efforts are being affected by reports of fresh tremors of lesser intensity occurring in the area.

    On the Viramgam – Gandhidham BG route, the line has been certified upto Samakhiali and Control communication is available upto Samakhiali. There is no DOT communication with Gandhidham. Train service is up to Maliya Miyana Jn. only.The broad guage line upto Gandhidham has been restored for rail trafficat 13 hrs today.

    On the Palanpur – Gandhidham MG section, the line has been certified upto Kidiyanagar and Control communication is available up to Kidiyanagar. Train service is up to Radhanpur only.

    CE/HQs has reported that the track between Navlakhi and Dahinsara is sunk by 1 to 3 metre

    DRM/ BRC with branch officers, CE/works, CEE/WR, CBE/WR are at site along with other engineers are engaged in the activity of restoration.

  3. Special Trains:

The following special trains have been operated for carrying relatives of quake victims and NGOs free of cost. Trains have also been operated to clear victims and their families from the affected areas. Wide publicity has been given through press and media about the running of special trains.

S. No.

From

Date of Departure& composition

Destination

Route and stoppages

Status

 

Chennai Dep. 1605 hours

27.01.2001 14 coaches

Ahmedabad/ Dharangadra

Gudur,Bitragunta,Vijaywada,Balharshah,Wardha,Badnera,

Bhusaval,Jalgaon,Nandurbar,Surat,Vadodara

Reached Ahmedabad 0700 Hrs 29/01/2001

 

Bangalore dep. 1600 hours

27.01.20018 Coaches

Ahmedabad/ Dharangadra

Dharmavaram,Guntakal,Gooty,Raichur,Wadi,Solapur,Daund,

Manmad,Jalgaon,Vadodara

Reached Ahmedabad at0525Hrs 29/01/2001

 

Howrah dep. 1700 hours

27.01.200118 coaches

Ahmedabad/ Dharangadra

Kharagpur,Tata,Chakradharpur,Rourkela,Jharsugda,Balaspur,

Durg,Nagpur,Wardha,Badnera,Akola,Bhusaval,Jalgaon,Vadodara

Passed Vadodara 09/30 hrs on date

 

Mumbai dep. 1800 hours

27.01.200118 Coaches

Ahmedabad/ Dharangadra

Valsad,Navasari,Surat,Vadodara,Ahmedabad,Varamgam,

Dhrangadhara

Reached Dharangadra at 8.55 hrs on 28.01.01

 

Delhi dep. 1715 hours

27.01.200113 coaches

Ahmedabad/ Dharangadra

Rewari,Jaipur,Ajmer,Palanpur,Mehesana

Reached Ahmedabad at 1615 hrs on 28.01.2001 2

 

Ahmedabad dep. 2310 hours

27.01.200114 Coaches

Mumbai

Surat,Bharuch,

Reached Mumbai at 10.42 hrs on 28.01.2001

 

Delhi dep.1700 hrs.

28.01.2001

14 coaches

Ahmedabad

 

Passed Palanpur at 0910hrs on date

 

Mumbai dep1700 hrs

28.01.2001

15 coaches

Dharangadra

 

Passed SADLA 0810 hrs. on date

 

Howrah dep. 1700 hrs

28.01.2001

13 coaches

Ahmedabad

 

Passed Durg at08/20 hrs

 

Chennai dep. 1700 hrs

28.01.2001

12 coaches

Ahmedabad

 

Passed BALLARSHA--H at 11/15 hrs on date

 

Bangalore dep.1800 hrs.

28.01.2001

11 coaches

Ahmedabad

 

Passed DAUND at 12/20 Hrs hrs on date

 

Ahmedabad

Dep.2320 hrs.

28.01.2001

13 coaches

Delhi

 

Passed SOD at 0820 hrs. on date

 

Ahmedabad

Dep. 2310 hrs

28.01.2001

16 coaches

Mumbai

 

Reached Mumbai at07/55 hrs on date

 

Bhopal

Dep.1935 hrs

28.1.2001

Ahmedabad

 

Reached Ahmedabad at 10.00 Hrs. on date

One Military special containing 11 coaches left Ambala 1840 hours (27.01.2001) for Ahmedabad carrying tentage. This train will carry quake affected armed forces families back to JRC on NR. The train reached Ahmedabad at 0200 hrs on 29.01.2001.

In return direction a special train has been ordered at 23.00 Hrs on date from Ahmedabad to Mumbai.A special train has also been ordered from Mumbai to Ahmedabad on date at 1700 hrs

  1. Emergency Cells:
  2.  

    The following emergency cells are operating round-the-clock manned by officers:

    Office

    Telephone No.s

    Railway Board, New Delhi

    011- 3388503, 011- 3388230

    Western Railway, Mumbai

    022 -2017420

    Ahmedabad

    079 - 2111413

    Ajmer

    0145 - 421048

    Rajkot

    0281 - 454063

    Vadodara

    0265 - 641244

  3. Medical Relief trains:

Three Medical relief trains were run from Ahmedabad, Udna and Palanpur with a team of doctors and medical equipment.

 

Ahmedabad to Dharangadra

1 ARME + 2GS dep. 1525 -- 6 doctors

Arrived DHG at 1850 hours on 27.01.2001

 

Udna to Dharangadra

Dep. 1850 2 GS – 2 doctors

Reached DHG at 0300 hours 28.01.2001

 

Palanpur to Radhanpur

5 GS dep. 1925 – 1 doctor ; 3 by road

Arrived Radhanpur at 0120 hours on 28.01.2001

Movement of materials and men:

 

 

 

GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE

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LABOUR MINISTER, DR. S.N. JATIYA FLAG OFF A MOBILE HOSPITAL FOR EARTH QUAKE VICTIMS

RUPEES ONE CRORE FOR PM RELIEF FUND

ONE THOUSAND BEDS OF ESI HOSPITALS MADE AVAILABLE

    The Labour Minister Dr. Satyanarayan Jatiya, flagged off a Mobile Hospital equipped with all facilities including X-ray machines and other operation theatre equipment alongwith a team of 25 Senior Doctors and other paramedical staff drawn from Employees’ State Insurance Hospitals located at Delhi for providing medical relief to the quake hit victims in Gujarat here today. The team comprises of senior specialists in surgery. medicine, orthopedics, and anesthesia. Essential life saving drugs and dressings were also dispatched.

    Dr. S.N. Jatiya convened an emergency meeting of senior officers of his Ministry and directed that the services of all the Employees State Insurance Hospitals may be made available to the quake victims of Gujarat. The services of all the 11 hospitals and 124 dispensaries comprising over 1000 beds have been made available to the State Government. In addition services of some additional doctors and paramedical staff are being made available in the worst affected areas, in Kutch, Bhuj and adjoining far flung areas.

    The Ministry also placed the services of doctors and paramedical units of all the 10 dispensaries and 5 mobile units of the Labour Welfare Organization in Gujarat at the disposal of the affected population. In addition, doctors from Rajasthan and Maharashtra have also been requisitioned alongwith ambulances equipped with X-ray facilities.

    The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is organizing special relief centers at Regional Office Ahmedabad and all Sub-Regional Offices and Sub-Accounts Offices in the state to provide advances to all the affected members of the EPFO. Mobile Service Centres are being provided in the affected places for settlement of claims within a week. Enforcement action against the quake affected industrial units has been stayed for the time being. Special drive is being launched to finalize pension cases both in death and permanent disability .

    The Ministry of Labour has targeted contribution of Rs.1 crore towards PM Relief Fund for quake affected victims in Gujarat.

    In this connection Dr. Jatiya also talked to the Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Kesho Bhai Patel who informed the Minister that the quack hit, Anjar Bachao and Rapar villages require more attention.

 

GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE

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SATELLITE PHONE TERMINALS SET UP AT GUJARAT

   The Government has provided Satellite phone terminals at the following places from where people can make calls free of cost. These telephones will be either working as Public Call Offices(PCOs) as well as far receiving in-coming calls to answer queries from the Callers. These telephones can be accessed from India and any part of the world by dialing the

Code 00873

Station Tele.No. Station Tele.No.
Bhuj 761887199 Gagodar 761887193
Laltekri-2 761187190 Vithoon 761887210
Airport-1 761887196 Nakhatrana 761887198
Madhapar-1 761602892 Kotda/J 761887213
Nalia-1 762092816 Collectorate-2 761887213
Bhachau-1 761887194 Rapar 761887191
Mandvi 761887197 Mundra 761887211

 

 

GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE

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EUROPEAN UNION TO PROVIDE AID FOR RELIEF AND REHABILITATION IN QUAKE-HIT AREAS

   The Union Finance Minister, Shri Yashwant Sinha has said that immediate international aid for the earthquake victims could be in the form of medical relief, clothing and tents. Apart from immediate rescue operations, what is required in the short term is medical aid and housing for the affected, while in the long term, bilateral assistance would be needed for rebuilding of infrastructure like railways and roads, he said. Shri Sinha conveyed this to the visiting Commissioner for External Relations, European Commission (EC), Mr. Christopher F. Patten, in a meeting, here today.

    While offering his condolences on the enormous tragedy, Mr. Patten informed that EC would provide humanitarian assistance and a European Union (EU) team is already in Gujarat to work out immediate rehabilitation requirements. Mr. Patten indicated that the requirements would be conveyed to the member States of EU so that relief measures can be coordinated speedily and effectively. Shri Sinha recalled that after the Latur Earthquake in Maharashtra, houses were quickly built for the affected people with timely assistance from the World Bank.

    Mr. Patten indicated that EU was strongly committed to partnership with India in various sectors like education, science and technology and agriculture. Shri Sinha responded that development assistance would be most useful in areas like primary health, education, rural connectivity, irrigation and watershed management as private sector involvement in these sectors was minimal. Mr. Patten said that EU would continue to concentrate its assistance on poverty alleviation which would include projects on education and environment.

    The Finance Minister conveyed that Summit meetings between India and EU were important in terms of interaction and facilitating greater business opportunities between the two. He also indicated that most of the FDI coming to India is now through the automatic route. The Prime Minister had set up a Strategic Management Group in his office to monitor the progress of large infrastructure projects, he informed, while reiterating that there was a real need for investment in the power sector. Shri Sinha also suggested that a business delegation from India should visit EU next summer to generate awareness about the opportunities for FDI in India.

 

GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE

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COMPREHENSIVE ACTION PLAN FOR MASSIVE HOUSING AND INFRASTRUCTURE ASSISTANCE IN QUAKE AFFECTED AREAS OF GUJARAT

    A major comprehensive Action Plan entailing rapid assessment of the extent of damages to houses and buildings, financial assistance, dissemination of appropriate technology, establishment of building and community centres to demonstrate the use of disaster including earthquake resistant technologies, adoption of villages and bastis for comprehensive development and setting up of HUDCO offices in Bhuj and Anjaar was drawn up to provide techno-financial assistance for a massive rehabilitation and reconstruction programme for the earthquake ravaged areas of Gujarat. This was decided here today in a meeting chaired by the Minister for Urban Development & Poverty Alleviation Shri Jagmohan, which was attended by senior officers of the Ministry and the chief executives of public sector undertakings/ agencies like Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC), National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC), Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and the Town and Country Planning Organisation (TCPO).

    As part of the Action Plan, HUDCO and BMTPC in collaboration with the State Governments would carry out, in the shortest possible time a rapid assessment of the extent of damages both qualitatively and quantitatively for reconstruction of fully damaged houses, repairs and renewal of partially damaged houses and retrofitting of existing vulnerable stock.

    Based on the over all assessment, the programme for reconstruction of houses for various income categories in rural, semi-urban and urban areas as well as for redevelopment of infrastructure such as damaged roads and water supply, toilets and other civic amenities, would be decided by the State Government and financial assistance will be provided by HUDCO. The total extent of assistance could be in the range of Rs.1000 crores to Rs.1500 crores depending upon the extent of support needed by the State Government and its various agencies.

    The financial assistance from HUDCO would be backed up with an appropriate technology package needed for re-building earthquake resistant houses, using local building materials like mud, stone, bricks, concrete etc. and this will be widely disseminated through use of instructive guidelines in the form of simple and user friendly "Dos and Don’ts".

    Further with a view to propagate earthquake resistant technologies in the cities and towns and villages, HUDCO and BMTPC would extend support for the establishment of building centres, construct demonstration houses and community buildings in all the disaster affected districts for technology transfer, training of local artisans, production of building materials and components, construction assistance and for guidance and information of the people.

    HUDCO would also adopt a few model villages and bastis for comprehensive development of fully damaged villages and bastis, In addition, HUDCO will immediately set up its Field Project Management offices in Bhuj and Anjar, the worst affected areas. It was also decided that assistance from HUDCO would be made available for the construction of temporary shelters.

    Shri Jagmohan also suggested that where the villages or towns are extensively damaged, it would be desirable to redesign the entire village not only in respect of housing and other community facilities but also with a view to provide wider roads instead of existing narrow alleys and incorporating other disaster resistant safety features.

    The field experience of CPWD and its units in the border areas in respect of buildings that have been built earlier and which have with-stood the earthquake would be documented for replication in the massive reconstruction programme.

PRE-EMPTIVE MEASURES FOR DELHI

    Another major area that was considered at the meeting were the existing building regulations in the country and lack of an effective regulatory system to ensure structural adequacy to withstand calamities such as earthquakes. In this connection it was noted that the Ministry of Urban Development & Poverty Alleviation had way back in 1998 circulated to all the State Governments not only the Vulnerability Atlas brought out by the Ministry and BMTPC but had also suggested incorporation of its provisions in the building bye-laws for ensuring that the buildings are planned, designed and constructed in line with the provisions of the National Building Code and Indian Standards to ensure earthquake and calamity resistant construction. The need for making the owners, architects, structural engineers and builders, responsible for ensuring compliance of these provisions had also been communicated earlier.

    It was decided in the meeting that these recommendations will be re-iterated through the State Governments to ensure that the existing building bye-laws incorporate the same and are included as part of the building permission and occupancy certificate procedures. With a view to taking preemptive measures in Delhi, it was decided that the requirements for compliance of earthquake safety requirements would now be incorporated in the Unified Building Bye-laws of Delhi for future compliance at the earliest. Further provisions for fixing responsibility on architects, structural engineers, and house owners / builders would also be incorporated. It was also decided that safety aspects of existing buildings in Delhi would be looked into expeditiously by the three local bodies.

    Shri Jagmohan also announced a contribution of Rs. 2 crores rom HUDCO for the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.

 

GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE

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SHRI JAGMOHAN CONTRIBUTES ONE MONTH SALARY AND PROCEEDS FROM SALE OF HIS BOOKS TO PM RELIEF FUND

    The Ministry of Urban Development & Poverty Alleviation and its attached offices would come forward with generous support for the relief operations in earthquake affected areas of Gujarat by donating for the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. Taking the lead, Minister for Urban Development & Poverty Alleviation Shri Jagmohan announced a personal contribution of one-month’s salary to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. In addition, Shri Jagmohan announced a contribution of Rs.25,000 from the Trust constituted by him from the Royalties of his old books.

    Shri Jagmohan also announced a contribution of Rs. 10 lakhs from his M.P. Local Area Development Fund to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund (PMRF).

    Responding spontaneously, the senior officers of the Ministry offered to contribute one week’s salary to the PMRF voluntarily. It was also decided that voluntary contribution would be obtained from other officers and staff attached to the Ministry of UD & PA on a graded basis.

 

GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE

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GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE : RELIEF AND REHABILITATION MEASURES: AN UPDATE

    The confirmed figures of the dead in Gujarat Earthquake has been put at 6287 by Gujarat government as on date. The number of injured is 15481. The number of people who died in Bhuj, the worst-affected area, is 5065 and the injured 10925.

    The Government has been providing rescue and relief in the affected areas . A medical team of 871 persons have reached Gujarat and another 130 are on their way. This is in addition to the medical personnel already on duty from within the State. For rescue and relief operations 5563 people have already reached. Besides 8000 army personnel have been deployed for duty and will reach Gujarat by tomorrow. Demand for food is being met to a great extent. So far 92,000 blankets have been reached for distribution in the affected areas and another 57,000 are being sent. As far as material for tents are concerned, 8,210 have been sent and 2,450 are being sent. More ambulances have also been pressed into service. Food items including bread, biscuits, channa, gur etc. are also being sent.

    The Railways have achieved a major break-through today by opening the broadguage line to Gandhi Dham and beyond. A goods train was run on this route at 1 PM today reaching upto Kukuma which is approximately 10 kms from Bhuj. The Railways also ran a special train from Ahmedabad to Gandhi Dham and Nalia. Another water special is under loading at Sabarmati for these two destinations.

    Power supply is now available in Bhuj. The Rural Electrification Corporation has sanctioned an ad-hoc assistance of Rs.100 crore to Gujarat Electricity Board for replacement and repairs of damaged power distribution infrastructure in the affected areas of the State. The Kandla Airport situated 40 kms away from Bhuj has been made operational by Airports Authority of India to help expedite rescue and relief operations in Gujarat. A shuttle service is functioning between Ahmedabad and Kandla Airports.

    Maharashtra Government has provided facilities in some private hospitals in Mumbai for treating injured persons free of cost. Ten beds each at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Safdarjung Hospital, LHMC and 15 beds in AIIMS have been earmarked for special treatment of earthquake victims. Ambulances of these hospitals have been kept on alert to transport the patients. A team of 37 doctors and four paramedicals from DGHS,Ram Manohar Lohia and Safdarjung hospitalsDelhi alongwith medicines left for Bhuj early this morning.. Eight self-contained medical units from abroad including the foreign NGOs are already in Bhuj and are operative. There are similar units from India including Army and NGOs working in the areas. Voluntary Health Association of India has sent te mobile units to Gujarat. Ten more are expected to reach by tomorrow. Delhi Fire Service is sending three gas cutting equipment with 22 personnel to help in rescue operations

    The Shipping Corporation of India will send a vessel from Mumbai to Kandla Port carrying three cranes of 35 tonnes .

    Foreign countries like Italy, Russia, Japan, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland, Britain, Korea and Netherlands have offered to provide relief and rescue material and trained personnel. Britain has sent 69 specialists, 4 sniffer dogs and relief material. Turkey has sent 35 persons, 10 tonnes of rescue equipment and one tonne of medicines. 45 persons, a team of sniffer dogs have come from Switzerland. 70 Russians have reached Gujarat. Japan has donated US $ 2.5 lakh in kind and US $ 7.5 lakh to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund.

    Help is pouring in from various State Governments. Punjab Government has already sent one lakh blankets and has sent teams for running langars in the affected areas. Government of Rajasthan has sent three medical teams and relief equipment besides material for tentage, water tankers and mineral water. Rajasthan Government has also given Rs. 2 crore to Gujarat Government for relief work which is in addition to increased assistance of Rs. 50 lakhs from CM's Relief Fund. Government of Karnataka has sent medical/para-medical personnel by air to Gujarat in addition to truck loads of relief material including blankets. The public sector undertakings under the Ministry of Communications have decided to contribute nearly Rs. 21 crore towards Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the earthquake victims of Gujarat. All the officers and staff of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and PSUs under the Ministry are donating one day 's salary for the PM’s Relief Fund.