August 20, 2016 9:07:07 pm
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday said that government will fill up 10 dams of Saurashtra with Narmada water over the next 10 days and that Aji-III dam will be overflowing when Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (SAUNI) Yojna later this month.
“On 30th, the PM is coming to Rajkot. He will inaugurate the phase-I of SAUNI Yojna at Aji-III dam. Ten dams will be filled up. Rain has been good for crops but dams which provide water for irrigating crops are still dry. Therefore, we have started filling these dams (with Narmada water) so that farmers get water for irrigation. Aji-III dam will be overflowing on the day Narendra Modi will inaugurate the project and it will be a golden day for people of Saurasthra region. 115 dams of Saurashtra will be filled up with Narmada water,” Rupani said here on Saturday.
The CM was addressing a gathering, after inaugurating an auditorium constructed by Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC), on Raiya Road in Rajkot. Rupani, who is a resident of the city and an MLA from the Rajkot West constituency, was visiting his hometown for the first time after taking over as Chief Minister of the state on August 7. He was given a grand welcome by local BJP leaders and party workers at the city airport, earlier in the morning.
SAUNI is the ambitious Rs 12,000-crore project of Gujarat government to divert water overflowing the Sardaar Sarovar Dam over river Narmada in to the parched Saurashtra region. The project envisages laying 1,126 km-long network of giant pipelines for pumping water to 115 major dams of Saurashtra and provide irrigation water to farmers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the SAUNI project in the run up to the 2012 Gujarat Assembly elections. The project aims to provide water for irrigation to 10.22 lakh acres of land in Saurashtra.
The phase one connects Machhu-II dam in Morbi district to 30 dams in Rajkot, Morbi, Jamnagar and Devbhoomi Dwarka districts. Machhu-II dam gets water from Morbi branch canal of Narmada and from there, water will be pumped to other dams.
“For years, lakhs of cusecs of water overflows Narmada dam flows to the sea. On the other, people of Saurashtra have been running from pillar to post for water. But now, this government has resolved to divert this water to the parched land of Saurashtra,” Rupani further said.
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