Gujarat Earthquake

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CONTRIBUTE ONE DAY SALARY, RUSH ALL ASSISTANCE TO GUJARAT- PATWA

    The Mines Minister Shri Sundarlal Patwa, immediately after the earthquake, asked all the officials of the Ministry, subordinate organisations and the PSUs to contribute one day’s salary to the PM’s Relief Fund for the quake victims of Gujarat. He has also asked the PSUs to rush all kinds of help to the earthquake affected areas to accelerate rescue and relief work.

    The Hindustan Zinc Ltd;, Rajastan, on January 27, 2001 despatched tents and mattresses and JCB loaders. Next two days it has also send 20,000 food packets; 1000 blankets, 50,000 chlorine tablets, match boxes, candles, alum, toothpaste and milk packets. It has sent a crane of 8 tonne capacity for rescue operation. Other PSUs and HZL are planning to rush more help to Gujarat for the quake victims.

 

Gujarat Earthquake

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PM’S STATEMENT ON EARTHQUAKE AT AHMEDABAD

    The following is the text of the statement of the Prime Minister, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, expressing sympathy in the wake of the earthquake at Ahmedabad yesterday:

    "I came to Gujarat today to express my sympathy and solidarity with my sisters and brothers here in the wake of the devastating earthquake that rocked many parts of the State on January 26. This is one of the worst natural calamities in India and the world. The entire nation shares the grief of the people of Gujarat in this hour of suffering, shock, and loss on a catastrophic scale.

    Today I visited Bhuj and did an aerial survey of some of the areas worst affected by the earthquake. I also visited some parts of Ahmedabad that bore the brunt of the quake. I have never seen a natural disaster of such fury.

    Mother Nature’s ways are inscrutable. But it is up to man to overcome the stiffest of challenges with determination and a collective spirit. I have come to echo the sentiment of all the one billion plus Indians that we shall overcome the stupendous challenge of relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction in Gujarat, just as we have collectively triumphed against countless odds in the past.

    I have constituted an Empowered Group of Ministers to constantly monitor the situation in Gujarat and take speedy steps for proper mobilisation and coordination of relief and rehabilitation activities. The Group will be headed by the Home Minister, Shri L.K. Advani, and include the Ministers of Defence, Finance, Food, Health, Urban Development and Housing, Agriculture, Textile, Telecom, Power and the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission. This would be in addition to the Crisis Management Group under the Cabinet Secretary, which has been meeting on daily basis.

    I have asked the Government of Gujarat to set up a separate Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Fund, which mobilise contributions and donations from India and abroad.

    I wish to assure the people of Gujarat that neither funds nor any other kind of assistance will be a constraint in accomplishing speediest possible rehabilitation and reconstruction in the State.

    The Government of India has approached the World Bank and the Asian Development for a soft loan of $ 1.5 billion (about Rs.6,500 crore). Given the magnitude and complexity of the task of rehabilitation and reconstruction, we have decided to remove restrictions on acceptance of foreign technology and assistance. The Finance resources to meet this calamity, including relaxation of the cap on the State Government’s Ways and Means account with the RBI. In addition to these measures, we will provide additional assistance of Rs. 500 crore from the Calamity Relief Fund. I am also earmarking another Rs. 20 crore from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to further augment the availability of finances. Governments of other States, too, have come forward with assistance of many kinds.

    The people of Kutch and other parts of the Gujarat are renowned for their industriousness. They are also known for their qualities of mutual help in time of adversity. I am confident that the large community of Gujaratis living in other States of India, as also those who are living in different parts of the world, will launch many philanthropic initiatives.

    It is heartening that countless voluntary organisations have activated relief and rehabilitation efforts in the State. Many international aid organisations have also rushed relief materials and medical personnel to Gujarat. I thank all of them for their humanitarian gesture. It will our endeavour to effect prefect coordination among all the activities of the Central Government, Gujarat Government, NGOs and ordinary citizens, so that available human, financial and material resources are used in the most effective manner.

    Tragic though the earthquake has been, it is also an opportunity for renovation and reconstruction. Every such natural disaster is a challenge for us to show our capability to ensure that life after the calamity is better than life before. Today we take a pledge that Gujarat and India shall rise to the occasion".

 

Gujarat Earthquake

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SHRI PRAMOD MAHAJAN INITIATES MOVE TO DISPERSE ENTIRE AMOUNT OF RS. 2 CRORES FOR EACH MP UNDER MPLAD SCHEME FOR GUJARAT RELIEF WORK

INITIATIVE MAY GENERATE RS. 500 CRORES FROM RAJYA SABHA MEMBERS ALONE

    To further strengthen relief operations for earthquake victims in Gujarat, Union Minister for Information Technology and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Pramod Mahajan has suggested a change to the guidelines governing the dispersal of funds under the MPLAD (Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme). The suggestion would enable Members of Parliament to allocate the entire amount of Rs. 2 Crores available under the Scheme for each MP. Under the present guidelines, (Para 1.3) MPs can recommend an amount not exceeding Rs. 10 lakhs per annum outside the State/Constituency for rehabilitation measures in the event of natural calamity of rare severity in any part of the country. The initiative can lead to the possibility of generating Rs. 500 crores from the Members of the Rajya Sabha alone. It also provides the Lok Sabha Members the opportunity to disperse their available share under the given scheme for facilitating relief work in the State of Gujarat.

    Shri Mahajan conveyed these suggestions in a letter written to Smt. Najma Heptulla, Chairperson, Committee on MPLADS ( Rajya Sabha). In the same letter the Minister has committed to contribute his entire MPLADS Fund for the year 2000-2001 to the tune of Rs.Two crores to the State Government of Gujarat once the change comes into effect. The Minister has also written to Shri B.B. Ramaiah, Chairman, Committee on MPLADS, Lok Sabha to convey the same.

 

Gujarat Earthquake

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SHRI PONNUSWAMY CONTRIBUTES ONE MONTH's SALARY TO PRIME MINISTER's RELIEF FUND FOR GUJARAT RELIEF WORK

MINISTER TO CONTRIBUTE RS.10 LAKHS FROM MPLAD SCHEME

   In a major initiative to support and strengthen the relief operations for earth quake affected victims of Gujarat, the Union Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Shri E. Ponnuswamy, has undertaken measures to facilitate relief work in the State of Gujarat.

    The Minister has decided to contribute his one month's salary to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for the benefit of the victims of the recent earth quake in Gujarat. The Minister has also decided to allocate an amount of Rs. 10 lakh from his MPLAD Scheme fund for the year 2000-2001 to help the relief operations in the State. The Minister has requested the concerned authorities to facilitate the early transfer of funds for relief measures.

    As announced earlier the oil sector PSUs are contributing an amount of Rs. 40 crore to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund for Gujarat earth quake. The Government has allocated an additional quantity of 4.5 crore litres (45,000 KLs) of kerosene.

 

Gujarat Earthquake

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DoT AND TELECOM INDUSTRY COLLABORATE TO PROVIDE COMMUNICATION LINKS IN GUJARAT

TELECOM PERSONNEL WORKING ROUND THE CLOCK TO RESTORE COMMUNICATION FACILITIES

    The Department of Telecommunications and the Telecom Industry are working in tandem to restore, rectify and provide telecommunication links to the people of earthquake hit regions of Gujarat. The Chairman, Telecom Commission, Shri Shyamal Ghosh convened a special meeting of Telecom Industry representatives late last evening to work out a detailed plan of collaboration between the Private Telecom Companies and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and the State Government of Gujarat to provide communication links to the people. The industry representatives responded generously to help the victims of the earthquake by providing their expertise and equipment which includes setting up of mini telephone exchanges, public call offices, satellite phones, mobile hand sets, pager facilities, free internet access and special web sites with helpline facilities.

    DoT is already coordinating massive operations to restore telecommunication links in the quake affected areas of the State. 22 satellite phone terminals have been deployed to enable the people to make free calls and also monitor the status of telecommunication facilities in the State. People are also being allowed to make free calls from the Public Call Offices provided by BSNL at Bhuj and Gandhidham. The number of calls being made is over 5000 per day. The optical fibre system which was dislocated has been restored connecting Bhuj, Bhachau, Gandhidham and Rajkot to the National Network. The telephone exchanges are being restored with C-DOT exchanges of smaller capacities. The telecom personnel are working round the clock to provide transmission links to enable communication facilities and are trying to reach the rural areas for restoration and rectification work.

    The cellular operators in Gujarat, Birla AT&T Communication Ltd. and Fascel have provided special helpline numbers to the people of Gujarat to send short messages from the State to any mobile subscriber in the country through their mobile network. The helpline number of Birla AT&T is 9824012345 and that of Fascel is 9825098250. The paging operators have provided unique nationwide number – 9622030040 for providing details regarding relief measures.

 

Gujarat Earthquake

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N.H.P.C. LADIES WELFARE ASSOCIATION CONTRIBUTES RS. TWO LAKH ONE TO GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

    Smt. Pratima Prasad, President, Ladies Welfare Association of National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd. (NHPC) presented a cheque of Rs. Two Lakh One here for the earthquake victims of Gujarat to Minister of State for Power, Smt. Jayawanti Mehta towards the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

    The NHPC Ladies Welfare Association is engaged in the welfare activities of down trodden people by giving financial aid to them in the far-flung areas of the country.

 

Gujarat Earthquake

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DR. HEPTULLA DONATES RS. ONE CRORE FOR GUJARAT EARTHQUAKE RELIEF: ASKS MPs TO CONTRIBUTE

    Dr. Najma Heptulla, Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha and the Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha Committee on MPs Local Area Development Scheme, has donated Rs. One crore out of her annual MP Local Area Development Fund for the relief work in earthquake hit areas of Gujarat. She has also written to Members of Parliament to make similar contributions to overcome the effects of this huge calamity. Dr. Manmohan Singh and other members have agreed to contribute substantially.

    The existing guidelines for the MP Local Area Funds restrict MPs to allocate the fund only in their respective constituencies. Dr. Heptulla has written to the Government to suitably amend these guidelines to facilitate such donations by MPs in view of this grave calamity.

 

Gujarat Earthquake

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POWER MINISTER HOLDS MEETING WITH GUJARAT COUNTERPART

ACTION PLAN FOR RESTORATION OF POWER IN EARTHQUAKE AFFECTED AREAS DRAWN-UP

    The Minister for Power Shri Suresh Prabhu held a detailed meeting with the Gujarat Minister for Energy, Shri Kaushikbhai Patel in Ahmedabad today in which a detailed action plan was drawn-up for short term and long term measures for restoration of power and assistance to be provided by the Government of India and its Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) to the earthquake affected state. The Power Minister also met the Gujarat Chief Minister, Shri Keshubhai Patel.

    It was decided at the meeting that the remaining towns and centres would be identified by the Gujrat Electricity Board (GEB) to which power supply for essential services would be provided by the evening of January 31st by utilising 14 DG sets made available by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Power Grid Coroporation (PGCIL). DG Sets would also be mobilised by GEB itself. As of today, power supply has been partially restored at Bhuj and Anjar.

    The restoration of Grid sub stations (220 KV and 132 KV) have been entrusted to PGCIL and NTPC. PGCIL and NTPC will make an assessment of the equipment required to be provided and make necessary arrangement to transport them to the sub-stations. Three 220 KV sub-stations are located in Anjar, Nanikhakhar and Nakhatrana. One 132 KV sub-station is located at Samakhiyali. In addtion, PGCIL and NTPC have undertaken the responsibility of restoring six 66 KV sub-stations located at Anjar taluka. PGCIL and NTPC will take up the supply of equipment required for the sub-stations and also get the civil works executed through their own contractors without calling for tenders. The contractors will be required to complete the civil works free of cost and also undertake the installation of equipment which would be procured and supplied by PGCIL and NTPC. The cost of equipment will be borne by the PSUs of the Ministry of Power.

    Loans will be given for equipment required for restoration of other sub-stations, by the Rural Electrification Corporation and the Power Finance Corporation. The request of the Government of Gujarat for waiver of interest on the loan of Rs. 100 crore sanctioned by REC yesterday will be considered.

    The seismologically sound designs for civil construction will be provided to the Government of Gujarat after procuring them from the Government of Maharashtra.

    The District of Kutch will be adopted under the Accelerated Power Development Programme and the best class distribution districts created under the programme for sub-transmission, distribution and R&M.

    NTPC has agreed to provide a working capital facility of Rs. 60 crore by deferring part billing payments for February and March against issue of unsecured bonds of Rs. 60 crore.

    Shri Prabhu who has been camping in Gujarat visited the earthquake affected areas of Bhuj, Anjar and Ratnal along with officials of the PSUs and the Ministry and also had discussions with the engineers of GEB to co-ordinate the measured to be taken jointly.

 

Gujarat Earthquake

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. BG

    BG section completely restored up to Gandhidham at 1250 hrs on 29.01.2001. Train service restored up to Gandhidham

    MG

    MG section restored from Radhanpur to Samakhiali from date and 2 pairs of MG services shall run on this section

  3. Emergency Cells:
  4. 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

  5. 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 hrs. 27.1.1

 

Udna to Dharangadra

Dep. 1850 2 GS – 2 doctors

Reached DHG at 0300 hrs. 28.1.1

 

Palanpur to Radhanpur

5 GS dep. 1925 – 1 doctor ; 3 by road

Arrived Radhanpur at 0120 hours 28.1.1

GUJRAT EARTH QUAKE

POSITION OF 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

TO

COACHES

NO OF PASS.

DEP.

TIME

DATE

ARRL

TIME

DATE

1.

CEN

ADI

14

100

16.05

27.1.1

0700

29.1.1

2.

SBC

ADI

8

200

16.00

27.1.1

05.25

29.1.1

3.

HWH

ADI

18

160

17.00

17.1.1

15.00

29.1.1

4.

BCT

DHG

18

3000

18.00

27.1.1

08.55

28.1.1

5.

DLI

ADI

13

364

17.15

27.1.1

16.15

28.1.1

6.

ADI

BCT

14

1000

23.10

27.1.1

10.42

28.1.1

7

DLI

ADI

14

1270

17.00

28.1.1

15.15

29.1.1

8

BCT

SI0B

15

1600

17.00

28.1.1

15.15

29.1.1

9

HWH

ADI

13

666

17.00

28.1.1

12.25

30.1.1

10

CEN

ADI

12

450

17.00

28.1.1

13.35

30.1.1

11

SBC

ADI

11

1000

18.00

28.1.1

09.10

30.1.1

12

ADI

DLI

13

1078

23.20

28.1.1

20.15

29.1.1

13

ADI

BCT

16

800

23.10

28.1.1

07.55

29.1.1

14

ADI

BCT

14

1112

23.30

29.1.1

12.25

30.1.1

15

GIM

BCT

18

1400

19.00

29.1.1

12.15

30.1.1

16

BCT

SIOB

15

1742

17.00

29.1.1

INDIRA. NG. 16.05

30.1.1

17

ADI

DLI

13

780

00.45

30.1.1

Ajmer12.20

30.1.1

One more special has been ordered to leave at 1700 hours on 30.01.2001 from Secundrabad to Rajkot.Five special trains from Ahmedabad for Howrah at 1600 hrs., Delhi at 0130 hrs. (31.1.1 ), Puri at 1900 hrs, Banglore at 0030 hrs (31.1.1 ). and for Chennai at 2330 hrs. and from Gandhidham to Mumbai at 1600 hrs on date

One Military special containing 9 coaches left Ambala 1840 hours (27.01.2001) for Ahmedabad carrying tentage The train arrived Shakurbasti at 2255 hours and was placed at 2325 hours in the siding for loading. Loading done at 0615 hrs. Left Shakurbasti at 7.20 hrs and reached Ahmedabad at 02.00 hrs on 29.1.01.

  • Movement of materials and men:
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    Gujarat Earthquake

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    SCI DONATES RUPEES FIVE CRORE FOR EARTHQUAKE-HIT GUJARAT

        The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) will donate Rs. 5 crore to Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund. This was decided by the Board of Directors of SCI at a meeting here today.

     

    Gujarat Earthquake

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    COAST GUARD SHIPS AND AIRCRAFT PRESSED INTO SERVICE IN GUJARAT

        Coast Guard ships and aircraft have been pressed into service for relief and rescue operations in Gujarat. Coast Guard air units are flying round the clock to transport relief material and medicines and airlifting critically injured to the nearest medical facility. The Coast Guard ships with integral helicopter and medical teams are providing a floating hospital and medicine dispensing platform.

        Meanwhile, all functions related to Coast Guard Week celebrations on 1st February have been cancelled by the Director General Coast Guard in view of the eathquake tragedy in Gujarat.

     

    Gujarat Earthquake

    '33'

    COAST GUARD IN RESCUE AND RELIEF OPERATIONS

        Coast Guard has joined others in rescue and relief operations at war footing in the quake affected areas of Gujarat. The organisation has deployed two of its ships, four Dornier aircrafts and one helicopter for this assignment besides a number of Coast Guard personnel. Ship ‘Vijaya’ has been converted into a floating hospital at Kandla Port and has provided medical aid to a number of injured persons. It is also assisting port authorities in manning essential services and rendering services to civil authorities in rescue and supply of food provisions at Gandhidhram and Anjar. The ship ‘Veera’ which sailed from Mumbai yesterday with food and clothing is expected to reach Kandla Port day after tomorrow.

        Coast Guard personnel of their district Headquarters, Porbandar have set up relief camps at Bhuj and Anjar and have so far treated 250 cases of Suturing and have evacuated 50 persons from 12 nearby villages to Bhuj camp. The Dornier aircraft have been carrying out round the clock sorties from Mumbai to Bhuj from the very beginning. They have also airlifted 61 doctors to Bhuj and Kandla besides other relief materials. The Coast Guard has also installed one satellite communication terminal at Air Force Air Traffic Control, Bhuj. The organisation has also flying one helicopter from Mumbai to Kandala to assist the relief operations in the area.

     

    Gujarat Earthquake

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    PRIME MINISTER’S APPEAL TO THE PEOPLE TO CONTRIBUTE GENEROUSLY TOWARDS PM’S NATIONAL RELIEF FUND

        The Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee has appealed to the people to contribute generously towards the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund(PMNRF) for earthquake victims of Gujarat.

        Contributions/Donations can be made to the PMNRF through credit cards/cheques/drafts. Credit Card holders sending their contribution/donations may send duly signed form as per enclosure to the following address:

    PMNRF, Prime Minister’s Office, PO Box No.:5411, New Delhi – 110 011.

    Or

    Fax the slip to FAX No.91-44-8202221

        Those who want to contribute/donate through cheques and drafts, they may send the duly filled form to PMNRF, Prime Minister’s Office, PO Box No.:5411, New Delhi – 110 011.

    All donations are 100% exempted under Indian Income Tax Act.

    Receipt for donations received shall be sent by post.

    Forms can be downloaded from following web site:

    http://pmindia.nic.in/funds/app.htm

     

    Gujarat Earthquake

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    PRIME MINISTER CONSTITUTES EMPOWERED GROUP OF MINISTERS ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT

       The Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee has constituted an Empowered Group of Ministers to deal with the situation arising out of the recent earthquake in Gujarat. The EGOM will be headed by the Home Minister Shri L.K. Advani and the other members of the GoM are the Railway Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee, Defence Minister Shri George Fernandes, Agriculture Minister Shri Nitish Kumar, Communications Minister Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Power, Shri Kashiram Rana, Minister of Textiles, Shri Shanta Kumar, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Yashwant Sinha, Minister of Finance, Dr. C.P. Thakur, Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Shri K.C. Pant, Dy. Chairman, Planning Commission.

        The Terms of Reference of the Groups would include: