SAUNI Yojana helped Narmada waters fill up 21 dams, 48 lakes and 174 dams so far in once drought-prone Saurashtra region,” says Vijay Rupani
Ahmedabad, June 9, 2017: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today dedicated the Rs.1,667-crore Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation (SAUNI) Yojana Link-4, linking the Ankadiya dam near Jasdan’s famous Panchal bhoomi with the Narmada canal and pipeline based scheme. The dam is brimming with water after about 25 years.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rupani said the SAUNI Yojana has so far filled up 21 dams, 48 lakes and 174 check dams, while contract has been awarded for more works worth Rs.6,500-crore to be completed soon.
He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to Gujarat on June 29 to link the Rajkot city’s source of water Aji dam, besides Nyari, Lalpari reservoirs, with the Narmada waters. While people consider encircling the Narmada river right from its origin to estuary as pious, he said, the SAUNI Yojana is aimed at encircling once drought-prone Saurashtra region.
Mr. Rupani said that if the farmers get water, electricity and fertilizer they can raise three crops a year. The pro-farmer Gujarat Government has procured Rs.1,000-crore worth groundnut and Rs.600-crore tuar dal at support price to ensure they do not fall below the remunerative prices.
Minister of State Nanubhai Vanani said that most of the rivers in the Saurashtra region originate from Panchal bhoomi, as Jasdan is scheduled to get the maximum benefit, while Vanala and Sanala schemes are to start soon.
Members of Parliament Mohanbhai Kundariya and Devjibhai Fatepara, Shankarbhai Vegad, MLA Bavanjibhai Metaliya, ex-MLA Bharatbhai Boghra, among others present on the occasion.
Source : Gujarat Information Bureau
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