The Rotary Club of Ankleshwar with the help of United Phosphorus Ltd. (UPL) started a Library named as ‘UPL Rotary Library, on 5th June1992. Thus it has completed twelve years of its useful existence and growth. Over these twelve years, it has become a widely acclaimed Institution utilised by members from Large, Medium and Small Scale Units, as well as Professionals and School children. It has created a serious scientific data literature search, all disciplines of Engg as well as General Interest reading such as self-development, management, Hobbies and fictions.
Today, the library has over 10,500 books. Its total assets amount to over Rs.75lacs. From 1992 till date, the library has made much progress and now is providing better services to the member industries. Some of the highlights for the development are furnished below.
The Library has acquired its own 2500 sq ft. building on a 5500 sq ft. plot and has been functioning in the new premises from 5th June 1997.
The Library has acquired Internet, E-mail and Xerox facilities, so that the members can access the vast ocean of information and knowledge at their own convenience, which interested Persons are doing successfully. (First to start Internet in 1997 in Bharuch district)
The Library has Chemical Abstracts from 1907 to 1999 (Volume l to 131) and Collective Indices up to the year 1977- 86 (10th volumes) which are considered the Bible for the Chemical Engineers. We intend to upgrade this collection up to date gradually.
As on today the Library is having 1200 families members. Consisting of 40 Large Scale Industries.75 Small Industries,170 Life Members, including 80 Doctors, 65 Individual Members, 105 Honorary Members and 45 student Members
“BOOK LOVERS’ FORUM”
In July 2000 we started a new chapter- “Book lovers’ Forum”, as a library project. The idea is to bring together all those who are interested in reading. It has been observed that people put in lots of effort to maintain good health. “A sound mind in a sound body comprises good health” is accepted everywhere. There can be no better nutrition for the mind save reading of books. Having a passion and quest for reading is in itself a wonderful gift within a person can possess and enjoy throughout his life. So it would be a very thoughtful act of someone who has gained anything after reading a book, to share the same with others. ‘Book lovers’ forum caters to all who want to share knowledge and exchange views. The members meet once in a month and membership of the forum is open and free.
Today’s generation has moved towards television and computer. Reading book has unfortunately, taken a back seat. To encourage children to be exposed to the pleasures of reading the library has inaugurated a Children Section in 2002. There are more than 450 children members and 3000 books in this children library. The library is being utilized by all the school children of the area. We organize different competitions among the children.
“Junior Book lovers’ forum”
Inspired by the Excess of our Book Lovers’ forum, we started a “Junior Book Lovers’ Forum” for students of 10 – 14 year age group. It has been a great success. Students from all schools of this area regularly participate in large numbers and every month two students present a book of their choice.
Other activities of the Library:
Continuing Medical Education (CME) programmers are conducted regularly at the library for Bharuch District Doctors.
Book fair every year.
Vacation Programmes for students, competitions to enhance reading habit and interest to Library is held in every vacation.
Rotary Awas Project For Earth Quake Rehabilition
26th January 2001, India was to celebrate Republic Day. The disastrous earthquake struck which was never before like this. The State of Gujarat collapsed at all fronts by the calamity of this history. The district of Kutch was affected more due to epi-center of the quake was nearer.
The village of Jambusar Taluka & Bharuch District were badly affected by this nature calamity, but were not come in limelight due to the geographic location and remote nature of the place. The village near Bay of Cambay and of Jambusar Taluka; Village Runad, Kavi, Kangam and Thanava have more than 1500 houses collapsed partially or fully down to debris. Rotary club of Ankleshwar decided to rehabilitate the affected people by constructing 122 houses under the Project Rotary AWAS at kangam and thanva of Jambusar Taluka, Dist Bharuch.
(Rotary Awas Model and in various stages of Construction)
The project site is 100 km away form Ankleshwar some 5 miles away from Arabian Sea. Nearest Airport: Baroda 95 KM
The houses are duplex of 260 sq ft. area having living room, kitchen, toilet block and corridor. The houses are designed to be quake proof and the slabs are prepared with Ferro cement technology that saves 30% cement and steel.
The Construction started on 12 April 2001 and is in its final stages and the houses will be handed over to the beneficiaries by first week of August 2001.
Financial Contribution from Rotary Rs.
a) Rotary Club of Ankleshwar 2991500
b) Rotary Gujarat Rebuild Trust 2991500
Contribution from Government 4800000
This will be the first project of rehabilitation of quake-affected people of Gujarat that will be completed by a Rotary Club.
PHASE – 1
CONSTRUCTION OF UNIT BUILDING
EXPECTED DURATION – 2 MONTHS PROJECT STARTED ON 8TH APRIL 2001
PROJECT COMPLETION – 5TH August 2001
PHASE – 2
CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS, STREET LIGHTS EXPECTED DURATION – 1 MONTH
STARTING DATE – 15TH August 2001
COST: 4 LACS
PHASE – 3
BOREWELL, OVERHEAD WATER TANK, PUMP ROOM, DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM OF WATER
DURATION – 1 MONTHS
STARTING DATE – 15TH August 2001
# BOREWELL IS ALREADY DONE
COST: 10 LACS
PHASE – 4
SITE DEVELOPMENT, PLANTATIONS AND LANDSCAPING
PROVISION OF SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR CHILDRENS
DURATION – 15 DAYS
STARTING DATE – 25TH August 2001
COST: 6 LACS
SHANTIDHAM ROTARY SMASHAN GRUH (CREMATORIUM)
Ankleshwar Shanitidham Rotary Shamshangruh got ISO-14001 Certification from BVQI as all the Parameters required by International Standard Organisation were fulfilled. This is not first crematorium in India but perhaps in the world. It is understand that Industries always try for getting ISO certification but NGO and particularly Crematorium attempts and gets certification is surprise.
Here Cremation is done in Gas Base furnace which is environment, friendly and saves wood and in turn our forest and environment. In addition to ISO-14001 certification there are so many new conceps are executed in this project. First concept by getting only one Phone Call – Ambulance (hearse) along with Kafan Kit consisting aluminum Stretcher, 2 meter long cloth, coconut, earthen Pots, Abils, Gulal etc. will be available at the residence of deceased. NEEDY PERSON gets Ambulance, Kafan Kit and facility for getting cremation in Gas base furnace at NO COST without getting any body’s recommendation or filling any type of forms where as in U.S.A. Cremation costs to Rs. 2.5 approx. Lacs. This is difference between Indian & western Culture. 2nd Concept is here only all type of people gets same respect and honour which when President of India / Prime Minister of India expires i.e. Red Carpet is spread for temporary period of 4 to 6 Hrs. and V.I.P. Chairs are arranged for dignitaries where as here permanent red carpet i.e. Red stone at the cost of Rs. 6 lacs through out the cremation is fitted and permanently VIP moulded chairs are provided.
3rd Concept is to provide peace to the mind of mourners by providing temple atmosphere with 5 Ft. height of marble idols of Gods/ Goddesses, eye catching water fountains, greeneries of garden etc. and performing of rites of the departed in pleasant surroundings dilutes the trauma of bereaved and accelerate the recovery path. The chanting of Bhagans from Public Announcement system bring religious environment. The prayer hall with slogans taken from Bhagvad Gita, Upnishad painted in Gujarati solace the relatives of decease. Mourners are observing 2 minutes silence and doing prayers for the peace of departed soul in a beautiful pyramide type marble fitted prayer hall of accommodating 200 person with a facility of VIP moulded chairs.
This project has coasted Rs. 1 Crore and major contribution is from Brahman samaj, ONGC. Ankleshwar Nagrik Sahakari bank, Ankleshwar Nagarpalika, Jain Samaj, U.P.L., tolani fabricators, local citizen and grant from local M.P./ M.L.A. Other infrastructure like specially designed Shower, Bath cottage for performing last rites of deceased in Prominent Sants, Social Workers, Ministers etc. who have visited this cremation have expressed their views that this type of cremation should be all over India and this cremation can be taken as model cremation. More details can be obtained without any hesitation from.
SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT SHIELD
In order to encourage the exemplary safety standards amongst the factories, safety shields have been instituted by our club. Shields are given under two categories.
(i) Those having up to 250 employees.
(ii) Those having more then 250 employees
Team consisting of Senior Safety Officials, Factory Inspector and representatives from Rotary Club of Ankleshwar visit the factories and evaluate two runner ups, who get a Certificate of Appreciation and a Winner, who gets the Safety Shield. The Rotary Safety Shield is considered to be a prestigious award of which a winner can really be proud of it.
Environment Shield is given among Large & small-scale industries, to the factory, which does excellent work in the area of Environment Protection.
Rotary Village Corps is a group of service minded non-Rotarians to work improve the quality of life in their immediate environs. Rotary village Corps for handicaps is sponsored by Rotary Club of Ankleshwar and cover the entire BHARUCH District. Today it has more than 200 members. RVC for handicapped is a unique corps in the world.
(Winner at National Sports for physically Handicapped at Delhi)
A few achievements of (RVC handicapped) and;
a. Getting meaningful employment to the handicaps
b. Finding Life Partners and making them settled in life
c. Providing aids (calipers, crutches, tricycles)
d. Providing financial help to those willing to start business
P. H. DALAL FICOM ROTARY COMMUNITY CENTRE
A Community Centre consisting of a hall and a meeting room was constructed in E. N. Ginwala School compound in 1991. The center meets the venue requirements for our various projects. It is also being utilized for Toy Library, Youth activities, Dance Classes and Karate Classes.
DAY CARE FOR MENTALLY RETARDED
A Day Care Centre for mentally retarded started in 1995 also works at these venue. It has over 12 children of different age groups, who assemble and get educated for their day-to-day activities by a teacher.
POLIO VACCiNATION CENTRE
Started in 1994-95 at the Rotary community center, it provides permanent facility for Polio vaccination to the people of Ankleshwar, run by three staff. The center operates from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. everyday.
PERMANENT CONCILIATION COMMITTEE OF BHARUCH DISTRICT
Permanent Conciliation Committee started in 1993 with the aim to resolve the disputes of common peoples, working under the guidance of Gujarat state Legal Aid and Advice Board. The committee is run under the Chairmanship of the District Judge, Bharuch. The committee has Rotarians and Social workers, who act as counselors. It meets every fortnight at District Court, Bharuch.
The achievements of this committee can be noted from the fact that it has resolved 180 cases bringing amicable solution and peace to several homes.
GREEN ANKLESHWAR- FREE FROM POLLUTION BY 2001
Ankleshwar is the largest chemical industrial estate in the country and even in Asia, with a large number of units operating in small and medium sectors. The imminent pollution problems from the chemicals units needed to handled to sustain the growth of the units. Community of Ankleshwar identified ‘Rotary Club of Ankleshwar’ as the best agency to meet the demands of the people and the industries in resolving their problems.
On 1st July 1991, Rotary Club of Ankleshwar rose to the occasion and took up the Prestigious project- ‘Green Ankleshwar- Free From Pollution by 2001’. It is now over five years, since we first took up this project. We are proud to state that we have made significant progress towards our goal, as will be noted from the following details:
(Tree Plantation Done by PDG Iftekarul Alam from Bangladesh with PRID Kalyan Banerjee, DG Praful Bhatt and Rotarians of Ankleshwar )
1.1 (a) TREE PLANTATION – The major thrust is on tree plantation, which has been carried out in and around Ankleshwar.
Year No. of trees
1991-92 39000, 1992-93 100000, 1993-94 125000, 1994-95 80000, 1995-96 70000, 1996-97 11000
(b) GREEN BELTS – Green Belts with thick tree plantation have been developed. One is near Amal Rasayan and second is near Petrofil township. The survival rate of the trees is 75%.
(c) PAUL HARRIS ROTARY PEACE FOREST – Rotary Club of Ankleshwar is developing a 12 acres land along the national highway. The forest will have specialized plantations. Work under this project is in progress. This forest will cover all the districts of Rotary International and is dedicated to the Founder of Rotary Paul Harris.
(d) JAWAHAR BAUG – A public garden in Ankleshwar town was in dilapidated condition. The Ankleshwar Municipal Council has entrusted the work of renovation and maintenance of this garden to Rotary Club of Ankleshwar. Garden is already renovated.
(e) TREE PLANTATION IN SHANTIDHAM – Extensive tree plantation is also being carried out in Shantidham – the Crematorium site.
(f) ANANDVAN FOREST – Recognising the good work being done by our club and also reposing trust in us, the District Collector has further allocated a 10 acres land for similar Development near Sarangpur village.
1.2 ROTARY POLLUTION CONTROL CELL (RPCC)
Rotary Pollution Control Cell was formed in 1991-92 . The aim of RPCC is to discuss Environment problems and workout master plans. This cell consists of experienced persons from the industry, forest officer, Rotarians, press and leaders from the Community. We are proud that Rotary Pollution Control Cell has been recognized as ‘Non-Government Organization’ by Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi.
1.3 ENVIRO TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
With the initiative of Rotary Pollution Control Cell, idea was mooted to have a common effluent treatment plant for 100 small industries. Enviro Technology Limited has been formed with the help of Ankleshwar Industries Association and several other factories.
RPCC is also taking a lead for disposal of Solid Wastes.
1.4 Rotary Pollution Control Cell is also monitoring Air Pollution.
1.5 With the above achievements of the last five years, we are confident to reach our goal in making ‘Green Ankleshwar – Free From Pollution By 2001’.
1.6 SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The project ‘Green Ankleshwar – Free From Pollution by 2001’ has received Significant Achievement Award from Rotary International in the year 1992.