September 8, 2015 2:08:22 am
The Gujarat government has removed 26,210 hectares from the original 18.48 lakh hectare command area of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Project, claiming there were “representations by farmers”.
The move was revealed before the Assembly by Chief Minister Anandiben Patel during the recently concluded three-day Monsoon Session, while replying to an unstarred question raised by Congress MLA from Viramgam, Tejashree Patel. Anandiben holds the Narmada portfolio.
The Congress MLA had sought details of the areas de-commanded from the Narmada project by the government in last five years and its reasons. In reply, the CM stated that the total command area of the project was 18,48,398 hectare and it covered a total 17 districts.
However, a total of 26,210.74 hectare from seven districts was de-commanded due to “various reasons” in the last five years. Interestingly, a major chunk (23,754 hectare) of the de-commanded area was from Ahmedabad district.
The reasons for de-commanding the area from Ahmed-abad included representations by farmers, urbanisation due to Mandal-Becharaji Special Investment Region Development Authority, industrialisation, special investment region and special economic zone.
The six other districts are Narmada (240.60 hectare), Vadodara (118.87 hectare), Gandhinagar (264 hectare), Mehsana (556 hectare), Morbi (883.61 hectare) and Patan (393.33 hectare).
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