Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Chintan Shibir in Gir?

Chintan Shibir in Gir?
Times of India By Himanshu Kaushik

"Sher dil ho to kuch waqt gujaro shero ke beech," the statement in famous baritone of Amitabh Bachchan seems to have caught the Gujarat babus' fancy. Forests department officials said that preparations are almost complete and resurfacing of roads has been started even as the state government sought a report from the Junagadh collector asking him to explore the possibil ty of organising the next Chintan Shibir inside Gir forest.

Interestingly, the Junagad district collector, in his report, has said that while organising the camp was possible inside Gir, the last abode of Asiatic lions, accommodation may be a problem. As per the forests officials, the report stated that part of the camp can be organised at Sinh Sadan — government guesthouse — while the rest of the event may be held inside the forest area.

Around 200 government officials, including ministers would be attending the Chintan Shibir. The report states that Sinh Sadan will be able to accommodate only ministers and some senior bureaucrats. For the remaining babus, the government will need to rent rooms in private hotels and resorts situated close to the forest.

Contacted, Banchha Nidhi Pani, in-charge collector, Junagadh, admitted that the government had sought such a report.

Pani also added that he has sent his report to the government. "The final decision is still awaited," Pani said.


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