Gandhinagar, Tuesday: In an important decision aimed at redressing the water crisis, Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel has approved several projects to provide water to 135 villages of Banaskantha and Patan for drinking and irrigation.
The CM approved Rs 1,566.25 crore for laying 78-km long Kasara-Dantiwada life-irrigation pipeline under the Sujalam Sufalam Yojna and 33-km long Rs 191.71 crore for Dindrol-Mukteshwar pipeline.
Thus, the CM has positively redressed the water shortage plaguing villages of Palanpur and Vadgam talukas.
One both the lift-irrigation based pipelines are ready, the eastern parts of Banaskantha, which were bereft of Narmada water, will get reliable sources of water.
The Sujalam-Sufalam Yojna was launched in 2004 by Shri Narendra Modi when he was the then Chief Minister of Gujarat with an aim to ensure that Narmada waters reach maximum areas.
Under this scheme, 12 out of the total 14 pipelines drawing water from Narmada Main Canal have already been completed to supply water to North Gujarat districts.
The Kasara-Dantiwada pipeline will have a carrying capacity of 300 cusec and connect 156 lakes of 73 villages in Deesa Kankrej, Dantiwada and Palanpur talukas of Banaskantha district. Also, 96 lakes in 33 villages of Harij and Saraswati talukas of Patan will be filled with water through this pipeline.
With Narmada waters flowing into these lakes, nearly 1.5 lakh hectares of land will be irrigable and 30,000 farmers’ families will get water for drinking, for their livestock as well as farming..
The Dindroli-Mukteshwar pipeline will have a carrying capacity to supply 100 cusec and 33 lakes in 24 villages of Vadgam taluka and will be connected with it along with nine lakes in five villages of Siddhpur taluka.
The Mukteshwar reservoir, which has gone dry for a long time, will be filled with Narmada water with this pipeline. As a result, 20,000 hectares of land in high-altitude areas of east Banaskantha will become irrigable.
It’s worth mentioning here that the majority of the western part of Banaskantha gets irrigation water from Narmada Main Canal while two-thirds of the district is located in the eastern part of the canal. As a result, farmers did not have any credible sources of water for agriculture or their livestock. Adding to their woes was constantly depleting underground water tables that were only going deeper.
As a result of these people-centric decisions Banaskantha district will now get Narmada waters for drinking and irrigation.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat