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CM Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani launches second-phase of ‘Kisan Suryoday Yojana’ covering South-Gujarat from Tilakwada, Narmada Dist

    Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani today categorically termed the ‘Kisan Suryoday Yojana’ (KSY) as the scheme of making “Vikas Nu Tilak”. He firmly opined this while launching the second chapter of the KSY from Tilakwada in Narmada District.

    The Chief Minister had launched this chapter of the ambitious SKY scheme that will daily supply day-time electricity for eight-hours to 454 villages of Narmada, Tapi, Bharuch, Surat, Valsad and Navsari district of South-Gujarat.

    He said the first phase of the KSY, covering 1055 villages, was launched by Prime Minister Mr. Narendrabhai Modi in October, 2020. Now, in the second phase of the KSY 4,000 villages of the state will be covered; while all the villages of Gujarat will be covered under the KSY by year-2022. The state government is firmly determined to supply day-time electricity to the farmers of Gujarat in next three years. For this purpose, the state government has also ensured a provision of Rs. 3,500-Cr for the next three years.

    The Chief Minister expressed determination that supply of electricity during the day-time will fulfill the motto of ‘Work in Day, Rest at Night’; it will make ‘Sampurana Suryoday and Sarvoday’ for the farmers. On the occasion, while e-laying of foundation-stone of four schemes to be done by the Water Supply and Sewerage Management Board at cost of Rs. 152-Crore, the Chief Minister expressed determination to supply clean drinking Narmada water under the ‘Nal Se Jal’ scheme to every house of Narmada district.

    Recalling the miserable days of Congress regime, the Chief Minister stated that during those days it was difficult for the farmers to get electricity not only for in the farms but also at home. Mentioning the best results of the farmers’ beneficial schemes such as ‘Kisan Sanmaan Nidhi, Crop Insurance Scheme, ‘Saat Pagla’ and others, the Chief  Minister expressed a firm opinion that “If agriculture is prosperous then village will be prosperous, if village is prosperous then city and state will be prosperous.”

    Mr. Rupani also announced that Prime Minister Mr. Narendrabhai Modi will e-dedicate to people a railway line between Vadodara and Kevadia and newly built Railway Station at Kevadia on forthcoming January 16. Beside these, he (Mr. Modi) will also e-launch phase-2 of Ahmedabad Metro, which would connect Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar-GIFT, and Surat Metro Train Project on January 18. These projects will prove to be key-projects for Gujarat’s tourism and infrastructural facilities.

    With a view to provide agricultural power supply to the farmers during the day-time in coming days, the Chief Minister had proposed to construct 11 new 220 KV substations at a cost of Rs. 520 and new 254 new 220 / 132 / 66 KV lines at a cost of Rs. 2444.94-Cr.

    Speaking on the occasion, Gujarat Energy Minister Mr. Saurabhbhai Patel said that every electricity connection is costing Rs. 1.60 lakh. But, the farmer need to pay only Rs. 10,000 per connection as the state government is offering subsidy of Rs. 1,800-Cr. This year farm-subsidy of Rs. 7,500 was given. The past governments during their 42-years’ long regime had given only 55 agricultural electricity connections; compared to this, the present government has given 13,607 agricultural electricity connections in last 18-years.

    Others who spoke on the occasion included Water Supply Minister Mr. Kunwarjibhai Bavalia, Bharuch’s MP Mr. Mansukhbhai Vasava, and Mr. Yogesh Chaudhary – MD, South Gujarat Vij  Company.

    On the occasion, a video-documentary narrating the details of the KSY and Water Supply Scheme was also showed. During the programme, SOPs of the Covid-19 such as social-distancing, wearing of mask, use of sanitizers and others were strictly followed.

    The event was also attended by MP Mrs. Geetaben Rathwa, District Collector Mr. D. A. Shah, DDO Dr Jincy William, Mrs. Shahmeena Husain – MD, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd., Mr. Mayur Mehta – Secretary Member of Water Supply Board, Shri B. A. Trivedi, MD, GETCO, and others.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat