Gujarat CM Bhupender Patel (File photo)
Ahmedabad: Chief minister Bhupendra Patel has approved multiple projects to give water to 135 villages in Banaskantha and Patan for drinking and irrigation in an important decision aimed at resolving Gujarat’s water problem. 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 the Dindrol-Mukteshwar pipeline. The lift-irrigation pipelines are complete, and the eastern sections of Banaskantha, which were previously deprived of Narmada water, will now have stable water sources. In 2004, the Sujalam-Sufalam Yojna was established to ensure that Narmada waters reach the widest possible area.
Twelve of the total 14 pipes collecting water from the Narmada Main Canal have already been built to supply water to the districts of North Gujarat under this scheme.
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The Kasara-Dantiwada pipeline will have a carrying capacity of 300 cusec and will connect 156 lakes in 73 villages in the Banaskantha district’s Deesa Kankrej, Dantiwada, and Palanpur talukas. In addition, this pipeline will fill 96 lakes in 33 villages in the Harij and Saraswati talukas of Patan.
Nearly 1.5 lakh hectares of land will be irrigable as a result of the Narmada waters pouring into these lakes, and 30,000 farmers’ families would have access to water for drinking, livestock, and cropping.
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.
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