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Guj govt failed to develop dinosaur fossils site: CAG

first_imgAhmedabad, Mar 31 (PTI) The state government has failed develop the proposed dinosaur park at the worlds largest dinosaur egg hatchery site in Gujarat, 33 years after the fossils were discovered, a CAG report said.This was despite investment of Rs 8.58 crore by the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TGCL), said report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, tabled in the Assembly today.Geological Survey of India found the 6.5 crore-years-old fossils site at Raiyoli village in Kheda district in 1981-82.Around 100 eggs of dinosaurs, bones and other fossilised remains were found during the excavation. It is known to be the largest egg hatchery site in the world with home to seven species of dinosaurs.The state government had asked the forest and environment department and TGCL to preserve the site and develop Balasinor Dinosaur Fossil Park for tourism. But 33 years later, little had been done either to preserve the rich fossils or develop it as a tourism attraction, CAG noted.”Fossils at the site may provide vital information to scientists… (they) need to be excavated scientifically and studied….However, there was no research on fossils. Further, some samples were sent to Jaipur laboratory for analysis but report was not available on record (till June 2014),” it said.”Eggs hatcheries site remains unfenced. The Forest and Environment Department was not having inventory for various fossils lying at the site and no photo documentation of fossils was prepared since the discovery,” the report said.No guidelines were framed for protection of fossils, and no steps were taken to have it declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which would have given a boost to tourism and the local economy, CAG said.advertisementWith no development and preservation, only 2,284 people visited the site between 2009-14, it noted. PTI KA PD KRK PVI BASlast_img read more

Wayde Van Niekerk double bid could steal some of Usain Bolt’s thunder

first_imgUsain Bolt’s farewell will be the major narrative at the world championships but South African speedster Wayde van Niekerk’s bid for the 200 and 400m double could steal some of his spotlight.The Jamaican great has dubbed the 25-year-old Van Niekerk as the sport’s next superstar and that is likely to be reinforced at the global showpiece event in London which starts on Friday.But a showdown between the pair, who are good friends and trained together in Jamaica this year, will not happen with Bolt running only the 100m and relay to mark the end of his glittering career.”One person I know who will step up, and he’s been doing good work, is Van Niekerk. He’s shown that he really wants to take my place. He’s been dominating in all events – I feel like if he runs the 800, he’d probably do well also,” Bolt said before the Diamond League meeting in Monaco last week in which Van Niekerk won the 400m with the best time of the year.Cape Town-born Van Niekerk is the reigning world champion and he broke Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old world record to win Olympic Gold in Rio de Janeiro last year.All this in a race he dislikes.”I think most everyone knows that the 400m is not my favourite distance. I know it’s a bit crazy. I enjoy the shorter distances,” he said.”I try to tell myself that I need to be more positive about the 400m, it is the race that has placed me at the top.”advertisementThis time Van Niekerk attempts the 200-400m double that marked out Johnson as the star of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics after the ruling body of world athletics changed the London programme to make it possible.In June, he ran personal bests in both the 100m (9.94 seconds) and 200m (19.84) and a world record 30.81 in the rarely run 300m. Van Niekerk is the only sprinter in history to have run the 100m in under 10 seconds, the 200m in under 20 and the 400m in sub 44.”I’m in great shape. My record of 300m has given me confidence, so I look forward to see how it translates into the other two events,” Van Niekerk added.His coach Ans Botha, a 75-year-old grandmother, says they have been training for both events since last year’s Olympics.”It is the 400m that put him on the stage and which has made him strong mentally, but Wayde doesn’t like it,” she said.”After Rio, he told me he needed new challenges and that he wanted to double at the World Championships. I’ve had to adapt my program because I’m there to share his dreams.”last_img read more