Kutch quake victims still living in tin hovels: Cong
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Last Updated: Friday, January 28, 2011, 23:44
Ahmedabad: Gujarat Congress on Friday accused the state government of failing to provide basic amenities to the victims of 2001 Kutch earthquake, saying many victims were still living in tin hovels.

"Gujarat government (of chief minister Narendra Modi) has forgotten the woes of those affected by the killer quake in which more than 20,000 people died," Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee President Siddharth Patel told reporters.

"Thousands of people still live in the tin hovels as they have not been provided with land or houses," Patel said. He also showed a short film on people living in tin hovels.

"These tin shades were given as temporary residences after the earthquake. But they still continue to live in those hovels after 10 years," Patel said.

He said that many villages and towns were not getting proper electricity and water supply.

Patel alleged that Anjar municipality had passed a resolution to build a memorial at the place in the town where over 200 school children died during the quake, but state government was not allowing it.

"This shows that the government here just cares for the rich," Patel said.

"The state government gives huge pieces of land to big industrial houses overnight but even after 10 years it has not given land to quake victims because they are poor," Patel said.

He further said, "Gujarat government has given 1,000 hectares of land to a company called Solaris on rent of Rs 160 per year per hectare in Kutch but victims are still living in hovels".

He also said that Modi government has created a big divide between rich and poor by its policies.

He stated that if problem of quake victims were not resolved, Congress party would launch a statewide agitation. He said that instead of organising events like Vibrant Gujarat Summit, government should focus on solving the people's problems.


First Published: Friday, January 28, 2011, 23:44

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