Chief Minister Anandi Patel on Sunday dedicated to the public a Rs 417-crore drinking water project at Navda in Barvala of Botad district to augment the Narmada water supply in the Saurashtra region.
The 77-km-long pipeline will carry water from Navda pumping station to Budhel village, from where it will be pumped further into parts of Bhavnagar district. The pumping station at Navada has also been upgraded for a parallel pipeline, officers said.
The Vallabhipur Branch Canal of Narmada project brings Narmada water to Navda village. The state government has set up a pumping station at Navda, which has a capacity to pump 100 crore litres of water per day. The parallel pipeline has a diameter of 6.5 feet and the capacity to carry 33 crore liters of water a day.
The entire project, executed by the Gujarat Water Infrastructure Limited, a state government-owned company tasked with creating water infrastructure in the state, has cost the state government Rs 417, a senior official said.
Patel said the bulk pipeline and the Navda pumping station will supply Narmada water to Rajkot, Amreli, Botad, Bhavnagar, Junagadh and Gir Somnath districts for drinking purpose. The water will quench the thirst of around 76 lakh people living in 2,325 villages and 38 cities and towns in the six districts of Saurashtra region.
According to the CM, the state supplies 100 litres water per capita as against the national average of 70 litres. She also said that the state government was supplying 130 litres of Narmada water everyday for consumption as part of Swarnim Gujarat Water Grid scheme.