Cyclone Vayu won't make landfall in Gujarat: IMD
Cyclone Vayu will not make landfall on the Gujarat coast on Thursday as it was expected, and will pass by the Saurashtra region later in the day, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
IMD scientist Manorama Mohanty told the media here: "Cyclone Vayu will not hit Gujarat. It will pass nearby from Veraval, Porbander and Dwarka."
 
It is likely to move north-northwest and then north-westwards "skirting the Saurashtra coast", Mohanty said.
 
Pankaj Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary, said that although the IMD has informed that the cyclone has changed its course, "it may still cause heavy winds and rains, and so we are still on stand-by mode".
 
Skymet Weather stated that the ‘Very Severe Cyclone' may weaken into a Category 1 Cyclonic Storm from Category 2, though the wind speed will be 135 km per hour to 145 km per hour gusting up to 175 km per hour.
 
Gujarat has, meanwhile, already evacuated nearly three lakh people and the Diu Union Territory, that touches the Saurashtra coast, have moved over 10,000 people to safety.
 
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    All 5.57 lakh Waqf properties to be geo tagged: Naqvi
    The government has launched a programme for geo-tagging and digitisation of Waqf properties across the country to ensure their better utilisation for social welfare, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Wednesday. There are around 5.77 lakh registered Waqf properties across the country.
     
    Chairing the 80th meeting of Central Waqf Council (CWC) here, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that a programme had been launched on a war-footing for 100 per cent geo-tagging and digitisation of all Waqf properties so as to ensure transparency and safety of records.
     
    This will ensure that the Waqf properties are utilised for educational empowerment and employment-oriented skill development for the needy, especially economically backward girls, in areas which are deprived of such facilities since Independence, said Naqvi.
     
    The government has initiated GIS/GPS mapping of Waqf properties with the help of IIT Roorkee and the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
     
    He said the government was developing schools, colleges, ITIs, skill development centres, multi-purpose community centres, Hunar hubs, hospitals, business and common service centres on Waqf properties across the country.
     
    While just 90 districts were been identified for minority communities' development during the earlier governments, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government increased the number to cover 308 districts, the Minister said. 
     
    He said a five-member committee headed by Justice (Retd) Zakiullah Khan to review Waqf properties lease rule had submitted its report and the government was taking necessary action on its recommendations.
     
    The CWC was providing financial assistance to state Waqf boards for digitisation of records so that they could complete the process within a time-frame.
     
    The CWC has provided video-conferencing facilities to 20 state Waqf boards and will extend it include the remaining by year end, the Minister said.
     
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    VASANT KULKARNI

    2 months ago

    GOOD MOVE. GOVT IS WORKING

    Ramesh Poapt

    2 months ago

    excellent!

    Cyclone Vayu: Over 1.5 lakh moved to safety
    Nearly 1.5 lakh people were evacuated to safer places from the coastal districts of Saurashtra region in Gujarat and two special evacuation trains were being pressed into service with cyclone Vayu likely to be more intense at 150 km per hour when it makes landfall in the state.
     
    Flight operations from Ahmedabad's Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport to Porbandar, Diu, Kandla, Mundra and Bhavnagar in Saurashtra have been cancelled for Thursday, while all educational institutions have been shut and tourists on the Gujarat coast asked to steer out at the earliest, officials said.
     
    Two special evacuation trains have been pressed into service with one starting from Okha in Saurashtra for Rajkot at 5.45 p.m. on Wednesday, and another at 8.05 p.m. for Ahmedabad with 21 coaches.
     
    Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who had a review meeting with the state administration at the State Emergency Operations Centre, told reporters that the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) had upgraded the possible wind velocity from up to 120 km per hour till Tuesday evening to 150 km per hour and gusting at 175 km per hour. 
     
    We had earlier planned to shift only those living in kutcha (thatched) houses but in the wake of forecasts that the cyclone could be severe, decided to shift all the people in coastal villages, Rupani said.
     
    The Chief Minister added that there was no other option but to evacuate the maximum number of people to safety. "The government's success would be in zero death," he said.
     
    Rupani said more than 1.20 lakh people were shifted by around noon and many more would be moved by the evening.
     
    Officials said as many as 47 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and others had already arrived in Gujarat. The Chief Minister said: "The first impact of the cyclone was expected to be felt tonight and peak after 4 a.m."
     
    On Tuesday, the Indian Air Force airlifted 160 NDRF jawans from Vijaywada to Jamnagar, while the NDRF announced on Wednesday that 12 more teams will be airlifted from INS Rajali (Tamil Nadu) and Patna (Bihar) to help people in Gujarat and neighbouring Union Territory of Diu.
     
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