In a first, Gujarat will have a separate pilot project for the water needs of animals. An initiative has been made with Lakhpat-Abdasa re-modelling water supply scheme pilot project costing Rs 345 crore, said an official release on Saturday.
The announcement, made by Chief Minister Anandi Patel on Saturday, said the location was chosen because there, the population of animals is thrice that of humans. The project is to address problems of 274 semi scarcity-hit vaillages of Kutch district.
She also inaugurated an animal hostel at Gangapar village in Kutch which would be built by Gauseva Ayog, along with three power substations of 66 kv each. Both are estimated to cost Rs 22.93 crore, the release said. On the occasion, Patel gave an outline of the situation arising due to monsoon playing truant in the region.
About the pilot project for water needs of animals, she said the scheme included 1,100-km length pipelines, three filtration plants, 180 underground sumps and 29 overhead tanks. The Chief Minister said the project, on completion, would lead to increase in animal breeding activity and hike in milk production.
Patel said that besides this project, three other pumping projects were at an initial stage, to supply water till Narayan Sarovar and Rapar areas. They will be located at Manjuvas (Rapar) Nani Hamirpur (Rapar) and a village near Bhachau. Collectively they will cost Rs 515 crore and their height will be 553 metres. Patel said that out of the projects worth Rs 3,559 crore, work of around Rs 1,427 crore had been completed and those worth Rs 1,422 crore were in progress. Kutch would get irrigation facility for 1,12,778 hectares land, which includes 182 villages of seven talukas, Patel said. Besides this, drinking water to 886 villages and 8 towns of the region will also be supplied, she said.
Of the 38 branch canals, the longest one, Kutch branch canal, which is 357 km long which currently reaches 45 km (Up to Zazam village) will reach 82.3 km (up to Madhutra village of Santalpur taluka) by the end of this month, the Chief Minister said.
She said that it was planned to make the Narayan Saravar a tourist attraction. Kutch district in-charge minister Shankarbhai Chaudhary and state minister Tarachand Chheda were also present.