Brief Overview Of Earthquake Relief Activities
the news of Earth quake in Gujarat on 26th January, 2001,
Revered Dada J.P. Vaswani summons a meeting of Sadhu
Vaswani Mission Managing Committee on 27th January, 2001
where it is decided to adopt the Tri city of Adipur,
Gandhidham and Kandla as focal point for Earthquake Relief
team of Senior Surgeons and doctors, with huge quantities
of essential medical equipments and supplies airlifted to
Kutch on the 28th January, 2001. The team commenced its
work the very next day in city of Adipur/Gandhidham.
Dada J.P. Vaswani personally visits Tri city on the 30th
of January, 2001. He visits various earthquake affected
areas, and even manages to visit each and every medical
facility in Tri city taking time to meet and bless each
and every patient at these facilities.
moved by the suffering in the area, Dada personally guided
a team of senior professionals to oversee the proposed
relief operations in the area on war footings.
decides upon its detailed strategy, comprising of 5 major
Relief (Housing Schemes)
details for work in each of above areas is enclosed
fledged hospital under the Banner of "Sadhu Vaswani
Earthquake Relief Hospital" with over 100 beds
capacity becomes functional from 30th January, 2001 by
converting Hotel Mid-Town in Adipur into a large hospital
with 2 Operation Theatres, 2 X-ray Rooms, Laboratory, ICU,
Blood Bank and other essential facilities.
from Pune, and some from other cities in India and abroad
joined hands to work around the clock and perform hundreds
of surgeries and render all types of medical duties. All
services were totally free. The hospital was visited and
admired by the best and most professional medical facility
in the region.
large team of over 50 volunteers from India and abroad
help distribute huge supplies of food grains, utensils,
drinking water, blankets, tents, medicines and other
essential supplies far and wide in some of the remotest
villages all across Kutch, to thousands of families.
Dozens of trucks of supplies were sent to Kutch from Pune
and other offices of Sadhu Vaswani Mission all over India.
week of the Earthquake a team of over a dozen Engineers
arrives in the Tri city to survey and estimate the badly
affected / partly damaged buildings.
Assistance amounting to over Rs.40 lakhs provided to those
who need help with repairing their existing houses. A team
of engineers under renowned Structural Consultants from
Mumbai sent to Tri city for training and technical
assistance to the local Contractors, as well as to the
to Medical, Material and Repair Relief given to many, cash
financial aid in areas of education and resettling of
business activities was also given to many on case to case
basis. A team of volunteers surveyed a large number of
houses for rehabilitation needs to help put many back on
tracks os livelihood. This work continues unabated till
A. HOUSING SCHEMES (Completed):
2,700 houses have collapsed in the Tri city alone.
Phase I, the Mission has constructed 244 Earthquake
resistant, well designed houses, each having a Hall,
2 Bedrooms, Kitchen and Toilet etc.
area per house: 750 sq. ft., Built up area at the
Ground Floor: 500 sq. ft.
for additional floor already incorporated in the
design, for immediate or future expansion.
per house restricted to approximately US $
5,000/-per unit since work was carried out
departmentally in an exceptionally cost efficient
manner while US $ 3,000/- was Alotttee’s
Contribution (aid received from the Government) as
sum of US $ 2,000/- was contributed by Sadhu Vaswani
Mission through Donors.
land admeasuring 7 acres in a prime location was
acquired from Sindhi Resettlement Corporation at
work completed on war footings. On an average 3
houses were completed in every 2 days.
housing complex was Inaugurated at a glittering
ceremony on 5th November, 2001 at the holy hands of
Revered Dada J.P. Vaswani at a function presided by
Shri. L.K. Advani, Hon’ble Union Home Minister of
India. Many other Ministers and dignitaries were
B. HOUSING SCHEMES (In Pipeline):
for construction of 90 tenements each of 300 to 320
sq. ft. in the city of Adipur, Gandhidham are being
submitted to authorities very shortly. The work is
expected to be started by end of November, 2001 and
completed in 4 months time.
of 100 independent houses of 400 sq. ft. area each
for Earthquake victims in city of Morvi approved in
principle and will commence shortly.
of 70 more houses each admeasuring about 300 to 320
sq. ft. in city of Rajkot approved in principle.
of 200 more houses each measuring about 300 to 320
sq. ft. in various earthquake hit cities in
Saurashtra under active consideration.