Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi expressed his firm determination to take Gujarat forward in the direction of development on the path of Sardar Patel and with the blessings of Sardar Patel
Saddened by the Morbi tragedy, the Prime Minister canceled the programs including road shows and receptions and expressed condolences to the families of the deceased
Gandhinagar, Monday: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated and announced various projects worth Rs.8034 crores from Tharad in Banaskantha district today. Saddened by the tragedy of Morbi, the Prime Minister expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased and canceled the programs including road shows and receptions while did a simple foundation stone laying of the development works for public welfare.
On this occasion, The Prime Minister remarked that Gujarat and the entire nation is swallowed by grief from the loss of lives after the tragedy in Morbi yesterday. In this hour of grief all of us are with the families of the victims. He said that the Chief Minister and his team including senior ministers are whole-heartedly working for the relief work. The Prime Minister mentioned that he was in two minds whether he should cancel this event or not, but knowing the significance of water supply projects in Banaskantha and the love of the people, he emboldened his spirit and came forward to inaugurate these projects. Stating how important water is for Tharad Banaskantha and North Gujarat, the Prime Minister said that more than 2 lakh hectares of land in 6 districts and more than 1000 villages of North Gujarat will get the benefit of irrigation facilities from this 8000 crore development works of water project.
Prime Minister said that it is the undying spirit of the people of Gujarat that gives them the strength to deal with any adversity with whatever resources they have. “Banaskantha is a living and breathing example of this. Banaskantha is developing through various schemes including agriculture, animal husbandry, dairy, horticulture, irrigation, adding that the government is moving towards enriching the farmers’ lives. “Kisan Samman Nidhi” “Vandhan Yojana” schemes including bank loans to farmers have been made by the government to increase the economic viability of farmers, to end the confusion of farmers who are in dilemma due to the disparity of fertilizer prices and to prevent farmers’ crops from turning yellow. From now on in the name of Fertilizer Bharat, the bag of fertilizer which is worth more than 2000 rupees will be given to the farmers for 260 rupees. While Banaskantha is an animal husbandry based district, he requested the farmers to emphasize on sattvic fertilizer and natural farming by saying that “Gobar Dhan” scheme will be implemented so that farmers can earn from animal dung as well as milk.
Banaskantha’s Nadabet provides an example of how frontier villages can be enlivened by border tourism. Expressing the resolve to expose such villages to the world with the “Vibrant Border Village” scheme, the district residents were asked to visit the “Sahid Smriti Van” of Bhuj once and offer condolences to the families of the martyrs killed in the earthquake.
The Prime Minister expressed his special sympathy for North Gujarat and said that he felt like saluting Banaskantha and said that Banaskantha district has attracted the attention of the whole world in drip irrigation and micro irrigation, which is a pride. Stating that Banaskantha is writing a new story of development, he asserted that water from Narmada will be delivered to the high geographical areas of the district including Vav, Suigam, Kankrej. Lakes like Mukteshwar Dam and Karamawat will be filled so that the water problem of these areas will be solved permanently.
Earlier, even bicycles were not made in Gujarat, now airplanes are made, not letting the development of Gujarat stop, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi called to develop Gujarat for the development of India through everyone’s support, everyone’s development and everyone’s efforts. The Prime Minister attacked the Congress on this occasion and said that on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Congress advertises in newspapers without Sardar Saheb’s photo, Sardar Saheb’s name, they should join Sardar Saheb and then work to unite the country. Saying that he will not tolerate such insult of Sardar Patel, he expressed his firm determination to take Gujarat forward in the direction of development with the blessings of Sardar Patel.
On this occasion, the Minister of Water Supply and Water Resources Department Shri Rushikesh Patel said that today the Prime Minister has resolved to make North Gujarat a great Gujarat by gifting water projects worth more than 8000 crores. He said that in the 1990s, the groundwater table was low, but today the water level has risen 6 to 8 feet. In Banaskantha district, two decades ago, cultivation was in 3 lakh hectares, today cultivation is in 13 lakh hectares. Due to best water management, 72 lakh hectares of land is irrigated in the state today. This government has done a lot of work to deliver water from Narmada to dry kiln Banaskantha and remote areas of Kutch district. He said that Gujarat will become self-sufficient through the gift of water schemes that the Prime Minister has given today and Atmanirbhar Bharat will be built only through Atmanirbhar Gujarat.
On this occasion, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Shri Narottam Mishra, District In-charge Minister Shri Gajendrasinh Parmar, Minister Shri Kirtisinh Vaghela, MP Shri Parbat Patel, Shri Bharat Sinh Dabhi and Shri Dinesh Anavadiya, MLA Shri Shashikant Pandya, Shri Dilip Thakor, Former Ministers Shri Hari Chaudhary, Shri Rajnikant Patel, Shri Shankar Chaudhary, Shri Keshaji Chauhan, Shri Harjivan Patel, Shri Kantibhai Kachoria, Pioneers Shri Nandaji Thakor, Officials including Shri Gumansinh Chauhan and a large crowd turned up.
Foundation stone laid of below mentioned schemes:
Important decisions of the government towards bringing a permanent solution to the water scarcity problem of North Gujarat
• New pipeline from Narmada main canal from Kasara (T. Harij, Dist. Patan) to Dantiwada.
• A total area of 7500 hectares of 74 villages of Banaskantha and 32 villages of Patan will be benefited – estimated beneficiaries – 4200 farmers.
• Estimated cost Rs. 1566 crores
Dindrol – Mukteshwar Pipeline
• New pipeline from Dindrol (T. Siddhpur, Dist. Patan) to Dantiwada.
• 25 villages of Banaskantha and 5 villages of Patan benefited in a total area of 3000 hectares – total estimated beneficiaries are 1700 farmers.
• Estimated cost Rs. 191 crores
Suigam Direct Distributary
• Plan to construct new distributary to provide irrigation facility to areas of 22 villages in Banaskantha.
• Length of distributary 34 km.
• 14700 hectare area benefited – estimated to benefit 7500 farmers.
• Estimated Cost: Rs. 88 crores
Water Supply Scheme for Kankrej Deodar and Patan
• Works to increase the storage capacity will be done here.
• 100 villages will be benefited – estimated beneficiaries 3.02 lakhs
• Estimated Cost : Rs. 13 crores
Announcement of other developments at a cost of over Rs. 6000 crores
Sujlam Suflam Canal Improvement Works
• A 332 km long canal will be constructed from Kadana Dam to Rah village in Banaskantha district. Due to a carrying capacity of up to 2000 cusecs, water will be easily transported over long distances.
• Estimated Cost of Canal and Structures Improvement : Rs. 1500 crores.
• Benefit : 1111 lakes and 3.7 lakh acres area, 661 villages – estimated beneficiaries 1.25 lakh farmers.
Atal Bhujal scheme and operation of underground recharge and waste water reuse
• Waste water reuse, check dam deepening and repair works, ponds, tube wells etc. will be started in 2000 villages of 6 districts. It will indirectly benefit 50,000 hectare areas.
• A total of Rs. 1100 crore works, area benefited – 1,10,000 hectares, estimated beneficiaries – 65,000 farmers.
Construction of 4 new barrages on Sabarmati river
• 14000 hectare area benefited – estimated to benefit 10,000 farmers.
• 39 villages in 5 talukas of Mehsana, Sabarkantha and Gandhinagar districts benefited.
• Estimated Cost : Rs. 1000 crores.
Dharoi, Vatrak, Meshwo and Hatmati Reservoir Based Conveyance Irrigation Schemes
• Replenishment of lakes of Malpur, Meghraj and Modasa talukas by pumping from Vatrak Reservoir.
• 182 ponds in 7 talukas will be operated, estimated cost Rs. 700 crores.
• 6150 hectares’ area will benefit from irrigation – total beneficiary 11,000 farmers.
Lake connection works through existing and new pipelines
• Estimated cost Rs. 625 crores.
• 99 lakes in Dhanera, Deodar and Chansma talukas will benefit.
• 10,000 hectares’ area benefited – Estimated beneficiaries – 5000 farmers
Extension of Modhera Motidau Pipeline to Mukteshwar – Karmawat Lake
• A total area of 6000 hectares of 33 villages in Mehsana and 64 villages in Banaskantha district will be benefited – estimated beneficiaries – 4000 farmers.
• Main pipeline length 65 km, carrying capacity 200 cusecs.
• Estimated cost Rs. 550 crores.
Operation of large check dams on Khari Rupen Pushpavati and other rivers
• Operation of a total of 3 check dams on river Khari, total 13 on river Pushpavati, total 18 on river Rupen, 12 on river Meshvo and 10 in Data and Amirgarh talukas – total 56 check dams.
• Total cost – Rs. 430 crores
• 5000 hectares’ area will be benefited – total estimated beneficiary 9000 farmers.
Plan to fill lakes of Malana and 31 other villages with Balaram Small Irrigation Scheme
• Total cost – Rs.145 crores.
• 3400 hectares’ area benefited – estimated beneficiaries – 4500 farmers.
Pipeline scheme for 11 villages of Santalpur taluka
An estimated amount of Rs. 126 crore, benefiting an area of 8300 hectares.
• Approximately 4500 farmers of 11 villages will be benefited.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat