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‘Sujalam Sufalam Water Yojana’ will be implemented across Gujarat between April 1 and May 31: says CM Mr. Vijay Rupani

Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani today granted permission to the Water Resources Department of the state to undertake the 4th phase of ambitious ‘Sujalam Sufalam Water Yojana’, which is aimed at to make Gujarat a water surplus state, across the state from April 1, 2021 to May 31, 2021.

Under the ‘Sujalam Sufalam Water Yojana’ (SSWY) various works such as deepening of lakes, desilting and repairing of existing water-bodies, cleaning, repairing and maintenance of water canals, cleaning of rivers, ponds and others to revive the rivers would be undertaken.

Since its inception in year – 2018, in the last three years under the SSWY had cleaned and deepened as many as 16,170 lakes to harvest the waters. Not only this, desilting of 8107 check-dams and 462 water reservoirs, repairing of 2239 check-dams, construction of 568 new lakes and 1079 new check-dams, in total 41,488 works were done.

In addition to these, cleaning of 32,323 km long canals and 5113 km long small canals were cleaned. As a result of these works, the water harvesting capacity of the state has increased by 42,064 lakh cubic-feet in the last three years.

Even amid the adverse situation of ‘Covid-19’ pandemic, the Chief Minister had successfully inspired and encouraged the state administration to implement the 3rd phase of the SSWY in just short span of 51-day, between April 20, 2020 to June 10, 2020. In the 3rd phase, through ‘Lok Bhagidari’ (people’s participation) 11,072 works and employment of more than 30-lakh human-days were generated the MGNREGA.

The soil dug-out as a result of these activities can be utilized for the under process developmental projects of government being done in nearby areas and by farmers in their farms without paying any royalty, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister has given clear instructions to carry-out the works of 4th phase of SSWY in compliance with SOP of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: Information Department, Gujarat