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9 DECEMBER 2000

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Gujarat to go Dutch for port development, plan approved

Postal staff takes out massive rally in city

Power tariff hike: Hunger strike takes protest further

Sukhi, Dev dams rescue Vadodara from water crisis

‘Abductor’ returns as husband in court

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Development comes with heavy price to state
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DELHI
Special House session on Monday over relocation

Government seals residential areas

BHUBANESHWAR
Opposition, state cross swords over preparation

State asks SRC to probe Bolangir starvation death

BANGALORE
Jet Airways flight lands heavily, no casualties

BSF men arrive at Bannari

MUMBAI
Home Guards play postman

State to set up a special task force on Enron

CALCUTTA
Mother’s death lands baby under two in jail

CBI announces reward for news of GSI director

 

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SUKHI, DEV DAMS RESCUE VADODARA FROM WATER CRISIS
By Our Special Correspondent
 
Vadodara, Dec. 8
The Vadodara Municipal Corporation has started drawing 500 million cubic feet water from the Sukhi dam, about 43 km from here which is likely to see it through till July. Arrangements have also been made to draw 250 million cubic feet water from the Dev dam, 18 km from Vadodara.

This will ease the water supply in the city until July, municipal commissioner G.R. Aloria said.
The city has been drawing 45 million-gallon water per day from Ajwa and Mahisagar. The Mahisagar water comes under the Panam Water Works Agreement.

Vehement protest from Pavijetpur MLA Mohansinh Rathwa and the local population had prevented the VMC to draw water from Sukhi despite state government’s clearance. Sukhi dam, located in Pavijetpur, fulfils needs of 300 villages.

The issue was resolved recently at a meeting in Gandhinagar after assuring Mr Rathwa that the state irrigation department will rejuvenate 60 ponds in the area in a phased manner. The work has already started on two ponds.

The exercise will cost the VMC Rs 41 lakhs. Effectively, 375-mcf water will reach Vadodara due to evaporation and transit loss.

The water from these dams will aid in maintaining water level in Ajwa, where water loss is as high as 90-lakh gallon per day due to evaporation and underground seepage. Currently, the VMC draws 65-lakh gallon from Ajwa.

On Friday, top VMC officials led by deputy municipal commissioner (administration) H.S. Patel, visited Sukhi dam to monitor the release of water. Adequate police security had been deployed to prevent violence. Senior police officials were also present.

 
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