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Tata Relief Committee Donates 20 School Buildings at Rapar Taluka in Kutch (Gujarat)

Rapar (Kutch), July 30, 2002

Tata Relief Committee today, at a simple ceremony held at the Rapar Taluka  in Kutch donated Twenty School Buildings to the Government of Gujarat.  Shri Dhirubhai Shah, Hon'ble Speaker, Gujarat Legislative Assembly, the  Chief Guest on the occasion was handed over the first of the twenty school  buildings by Mr.A.N.Singh, Dy.Managing Director (Corporate Services) Tata  Steel & Chairman, Tata Relief Committee.

TRC has completed this challenging and an ambitious rehabilitation project  of constructing 20 school buildings consisting of 123 classrooms in Rapar  Taluka, one of the worst affected areas during the earthquake, which struck  Gujarat on January 26, 2001 in a record time of just eight months. The then hon'ble chief minister, Shri Keshubhai Patel laid the foundation stone in the month of May last year.

The school buildings are designed and constructed according to rigid engineering standards, which can withstand any natural calamities including an earthquake. TRC has also donated furniture for children and teachers like benches, tables & chairs etc. TRC has also undertaken tree plantation and provided playground equipment and internal electrification with fans etc. so that the building can be used as a community centres as well after the school hours and on holidays.

The Government of Gujarat contributed money per classroom for 99 classrooms in 17 primary school buildings. Other contributions were from Chennai based Murugappa group and Gujarati Samaj, Jamshedpur. Over and above this the employees of Tata Steel contributed their one-day's salary for the cause.

After the devastating earthquake, the Tata group companies spent in emergency relief and rehabilitation work in Gujarat. Mr. Ratan Tata, Group Chairman, TATA Group himself visited the region immediately after the earthquake and spent whole day supervising and monitoring activities undertaken by the Tata Relief Committee.

Tata Relief Committee was founded by the Tata Group companies and associates based in Jamshedpur in 1974 with an aim to provide relief and timely emergency help to those in distress. Since its inception, TRC has provided relief and rehabilitation to the victims of natural disasters across the country. TRC has successfully accomplished its mission winning appreciation for its services for earthquake ravaged regions of Uttarkashi, Latur, Jabalpur and Gujarat, the cyclone ravaged east coast of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh and more recently the rehabilitation program for super cyclone affected people of Orissa.