The Gujarat state government approved a proposal to provide an additional ten lakh acre-feet of Narmada floodwaters, overflowing from the Sardar Sarovar dam, to the Kutch region.
CM Vijay Rupani also gave an in-principle approval to works worth Rs 3,475 crore to be carried out under this project, an official release said, adding that the water resources department has been directed to start work at the earliest.
The project envisages filling 38 dams and several checkdams and lakes in Kutch district with the surplus Narmada waters, which will benefit 2.35 lakh acres of agricultural land in 96 villages of Rapar, Anjar, Mundra, Mandvi and Bhuj talukas of the district, said the release. This, the release said, will also recharge groundwater.
According to the state government’s estimates, 3.80 lakh people from these six talukas will benefit from this ambitious project. The water from the Narmada will help farmers irrigate their crop and also grow fodder for their cattle.
This project will also stop the migration of cattle rearers from this region following weak monsoons, as they will not face a shortage of water, said the release.