Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel Approved For Drinking And Irrigation Water Projects In 135 Villages | Gujarat News: Gujarat government’s decision

Sujalam-Sufalam Scheme: In order to address the water crisis in...

Sujalam-Sufalam Scheme: In order to address the water crisis in Gujarat, Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has approved several projects to provide drinking and irrigation water to 135 villages of Banaskantha and Patan. The Chief Minister has approved Rs 1,566.25 crore for laying 78 km long Kasara-Dantiwada life-irrigation pipeline and Rs 191.71 crore for 33 km Dindrol-Mukteshwar pipeline under Sujalam-Sufalam scheme.

When was the Sujalam-Sufalam scheme started?

According to TOI, the Sujalam-Sufalam scheme was launched in 2004 to ensure that Narmada water reaches maximum areas. Under this scheme, 12 out of total 14 pipelines to draw water from Narmada Main Canal have already been completed to supply water to the districts of North Gujarat. The Kasara-Dantiwada pipeline will have a carrying capacity of 300 cusecs and will connect 156 lakes in 73 villages in Deesa Kankrej, Dantiwada and Palanpur talukas of Banaskantha district. Also, 96 lakes in 33 villages of Harij and Saraswati talukas of Patan will be filled with water through this pipeline.

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Thousands of farmers will benefit

About 1.5 lakh hectares of land will be irrigated by the Narmada water flowing into these lakes and 30,000 farmer families will get water for drinking, their livestock as well as for farming. The Dindroli-Mukteshwar pipeline will have the capacity to supply 100 cusecs and 33 lakes in 24 villages of Vadgam taluka and will be connected with nine lakes in five villages of Siddhapur taluka. As a result of these people-centric decisions, Banaskantha district will now get Narmada water for drinking and irrigation.

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