The three-day ‘pani yatra’ (march for water) launched by the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee from 14 different places in the state will end on Thursday. The party will hold big public meetings simultaneously at four major cities to focus attention of the people on severe water crisis in the state.
While the yatras covering Saurashtra and Kutch region will converge at Rajkot, those covering North Gujarat districts will conclude at Mehsana, yatras covering Central Gujarat region will converge at Vadodara and other having covered South Gujarat districts will culminate at Surat. While GPCC president Bharatsinh Solanki will address the public meeting at Rajkot, the others at Mahesana, Vadodara and Surat will be addressed by senior party leaders.
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State party spokesperson Manish Doshi said that the state government had not woken up despite several parts of the state facing severe water crisis and most of the dams, particularly in Kutch, Saurashtra and North Gujarat having dried up.
Doshi said that even areas on outskirts of Ahmedabad, including those on either side of SG Highway were facing acute water crisis and depending on private water suppliers to meet their daily requirements, yet the government had not woken up from its slumber.
Doshi said the question was not only shortage of raw water but its proper management and distribution.