‘Narmada water not reaching farmers for want of minor canals’

Over 80 per cent of minor canals are yet to be built,” Doshi said.

Ahmedabad | Published:January 22, 2014 6:24 am
Manish Doshi said that Modi was misguiding the people on the Narmada issue. Manish Doshi said that Modi was misguiding the people on the Narmada issue.

Reacting to Chief Minister Narendra Modi alleging that the sluice gates over the Narmada dam could not be installed because the Congress-led UPA government did not give permission and this came in the way of farmers being supplied irrigation water, state Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said that Modi was misguiding the people on the issue.

Modi made the comments at a function at Khodaldham Temple in Rajkot on Tuesday. He attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for delaying the approval for installation of gates at Sardar Sarovar dam, and requested him to at least heed the demand of state Congress leaders on the same. “I congratulate Gujarat Congress leaders, who met Prime Minister on this issue. My question (to Prime Minister) is even if you don’t want to listen to me, listen to them (your leaders). At least, listen to your party leaders,” Modi said.  “I urge PM, Gujarat Congress leaders to leave politics aside and give us permission to install gates on Sardar Sarovar Dam. For five years, this work has been pending,” he said, criticising the PM for being slow in decision-making. “I don’t know the reason why they are not allowing to install gates on the dam,” Modi said.

Speaking to mediapersons, Doshi said that Narmada water was not reaching farmers’ fields because Modi had not completed minor canals to carry Narmada water during his 12- year rule. “Over 80 per cent of minor canals are yet to be built,” Doshi said, doling out figures from a government publication.

“Because of the non-completion of minor canals, excess of Narmada water, released from hydro-power plants at the dam site, is released into the sea and is wasted,” Doshi, a civil engineer, told reporters. “Modi should first complete the minor canals and then go for installation of the gates if he really wants the farmers to benefit from Narmada water,” he said.

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    Jan 22, 2014 at 6:53 am
    Pressuring the farmers to sell there land by playing dirty tricks on them is totally unconsutional and anti-farmer. Gujarat GOVT is not providing them water for irrigation and forcing them to sell there lands. and he call himself the well wisher of farmers.
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    Abhishek Singh
    Jan 22, 2014 at 6:44 am
    Its totally Gujarat government fault, agriculture without irrigation is impossible. Modi government always ignoring the problems of farmers.
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    Aarti Khan
    Jan 22, 2014 at 6:35 am
    Gujarat development model is total failure, Mr. Modi always wrongly represent this. They always shouting on Gujarat development model but the reality is nothing. People of Gujarat now also facing lot problems.
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    Karan Dhaka
    Jan 22, 2014 at 6:30 am
    Congress is the party which fights for the common people. It provide the rights and power to the people for empowering them. Congress have worked hard for the poor and backward cles. They are contributing towards a better India.
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    Kartik Sharma
    Jan 22, 2014 at 6:47 am
    Farmers are not getting water, it will be difficult for them to survive. I think Congress can solve this problem. Rahul hi would be brilliant at listing deficiencies of the system. He should get a chance of being in opposition.
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    Kartik Sharma
    Jan 22, 2014 at 6:29 am
    I have seen UPA govt. fighting for the rights of the farmers and ultimately giving them their rights. Water was a problem in villages. Congress worked on it and ensured it's outreach. Congress have shaped the structure of our political system not only for the betterment of limited people but also for the poor people.
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    Kartik Sharma
    Jan 22, 2014 at 8:15 am
    I think congress can solve this problem.....Rahul hi also has a unique understanding of India history and correctly establishes his principles and ideologies.
  8. P
    Jan 22, 2014 at 6:32 am
    Govt. is been blamed by a thief... the reason behind the non installation is minor canals which modi didn't completed yet and now is blaming Congress Govt. for not completing them.... what a truth revealed by modi.....its lame to blame Congress for it.. NaMo is doing it just to prove something wrong about the congress.....modi never thought abut the poor farmer the recent issue of protest by farmers gives the proof of it..
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