Majority of Ganesh Madap lack security measures, Ahmedabad


After the unfortunate incident of blast in one of the Ganesh pandals the irresponsibilities of organizers have come out. Most of the pandals in the city have failed to procure no-objection certificates (NOCs) from the fire, estate and health departments.
According to authorities, the pandal organisers are supposed to take permission before setting up pandals.
Chief Fire Officer M F Dastur said, “We give permission only if the norms specified by us are followed. People feel that the inspection conducted by cops and their permission is enough. But that isn’t true. There are several risk factors that have to be taken into consideration, especially in pandals that have special effects. If we don’t get a request for NOC, we assume the person has not set up the pandal.”

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Narendra Modi announces ‘Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation Yojna’


Chief minister Narendra Modi announced an ambitious plan to fill 115 dams in seven districts of Saurashtra with Narmada waters within the next three years. Modi launched the Rs 10,000 crore ‘Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation’ (SAUNI) yojana with a video presentation. He said Modi said that one million acre-feet of water will be supplied to Saurashtra to fill dams.
It is estimated that 10 lakh acres of agriculture land will get irrigation once the project is completed. Narmada water will reach 115 dams of Saurashtra using gravity, through 1,115-km-long link canals.
Modi also announced that a farmers’ convention will be held at 115 dam sites to honour Narmada. These conventions will be held till October 7. Each convention will be attended by a minimum of 10,000 farmers and films on SAUNI Yojana would be screened at each of these conventions.

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