The Leader of the Opposition in the assembly, Shankersinh Vaghela, Tuesday said that despite the BJP being in power in the state, Saruashtra region and most of the districts in the state were facing acute water crisis. He blamed it on the “negligence” of the state government.
In a statement here, Vaghela said that the people in Rajkot, Jamnagar and Junagadh and other areas of Saurashtra depended on private water suppliers and had to pay huge amount every month to them to meet their requirement while the government looked the other way.
Stating that the BJP specialised in making announcements of projects but was weak in their implementation, the Congress leader said that the state government had allocated a sum of Rs 2,200 crore to fill up 87 big and small dams of Saurahstra to improve drinking water supply in the region. But despite spending over Rs 2,260 crore, the water supply situation had remained the same and people were facing severe water crisis. He said that the same was the situation with regard to Sujlam-Suflam water supply scheme in north Gujarat. Despite spending Rs 11,000 crore on the project, the area was facing water shortage.