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CM conducts a high-level comprehensive review meet about current state of water bodies in Gujarat

    Gandhinagar, Wednesday: Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel held a high-level meeting in Gandhinagar for a comprehensive review of the state’s water bodies in the wake of the prevailing monsoon rainfall. In this meeting which was held in the presence of Water Supply and Irrigation Minister Shri Rushikesh Patel, the water resources department presented a detailed description of the situation of the reservoirs till August 10-2022.

    Details were given in the meeting that the total water storage capacity of 207 reservoirs including the Sardar Sarovar project is 25,266 MCM while the details of 17,394 MCM water that has reached the reservoirs which is 69 per cent was presented. This water approach is the highest in the last 13 years and 21 percent more than last year on August 10.

    He also instructed that irrigation works should be carried out as per the requirement so that irrigation can be done in the areas where it has rained heavily and the water should be saved from flowing away and stored by creating check dams and used. In this review meeting, after reviewing the water bodies of the state according to their area, it was stated that the water bodies of 20 medium and 170 small irrigation schemes in Kutch region have an average of 70 percent water.

    141 reservoirs of Saurashtra have 63 percent of water as on 10th August-2022, 13 reservoirs of South Gujarat have 74 percent, 17 reservoirs of Central Gujarat have 44 percent and 15 reservoirs of North Gujarat have 31 percent of water.

    In the statement presented to the Chief Minister, the Irrigation-Water Resources Department also stated that out of the 206 reservoirs other than the Sardar Sarovar project, 69 are 100 percent full, 12 are 80 to 90 percent full, 10 are 70 to 80 percent full. It also includes 35 and 41 reservoirs ranging from 50 to 70 percent and 50 percent. It was stated in the meeting that out of the 73 water reservoirs of the state from which water is taken for drinking, 62 water reservoirs have enough water to last till next August-2013.

    The Chief Minister also reviewed the rainfall situation in the state during this meeting. Regarding the review of the rainfall situation, it has been said that an average of 80 percent of the rain has been received in the state till August 10.

    Not only that, more than 125 mm of rain has been received by all the talukas of the 33 districts of the state.

    In this high level meeting, Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Shri K Kailashnathan, Chief Secretary Shri Pankaj Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary Revenue Shri Kamal Dayani, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Shri Pankaj Joshi, MD of Sardar Sarovar Nigam Shri J.P. Gupta as well as senior secretaries, additional secretaries and engineers of relevant departments including water resources, water supply were present.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat