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PM Narendra Modi brings Narmada water to parched Kutch; here’s how

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Tue May 23 2017, 4:31 pm
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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 22 addressed a gathering in Bhachau, Gujarat at the inauguration of the third pumping station on the Kutch branch of the Narmada canal network, which will take water to Tappar dam in Anjar taluka, which is over 600 km from the river Narmada that flows through south Gujarat. (PTI)

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the next generation should be taught to use water judiciously and advised farmers to use drip and sprinkler irrigation systems. He said successive governments in Gujarat have spent substantial amount of money for years so that people in the state's arid region also get water. (PTI)

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    PM Modi said, "People of other states have an impression that Gujarat is a rich state. However, they do not understand that here the government has to spend huge amount of money year after year to provide drinking water to people." (PTI)

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    Referring to the problem of drinking water faced by arid regions of the state like Saurashtra, Kutch and the northern parts, he said money had to be spent on providing drinking water by tankers in many villages and towns of Gujarat year after year. (Twitter/@BJPLive)

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    From the time the BJP led by Keshubhai Patel came to power in the state in 1998, till the present dispensation led by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Gujarat has focused on making arrangements to bring permanent solution to water woes, the prime minister said. PM Modi, who was the chief minister of Gujarat between 2001 and 2014, had also focused on completion of the Sardar Sarovar Project on the Narmada river, to provide water to north Gujarat, Kutch and Saurashtra. "As successive governments in Gujarat had to make arrangements so that water reaches arid areas, development expenses had to be slashed, expenditure to uplift the poor also got dented," he said.(Twitter/@BJPLive)

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    The Prime Minister said, "Now that Ma (mother) Narmada has reached us, I would request you to use it judiciously. Not only you, but the next generation should also be taught to use this water prudently. Farmers should use drip irrigation and sprinklers to water their crops." Chief Minister Vijay Rupani slammed the Congress alleging that the previous UPA government at the Centre had created roadblocks in completion of Narmada project. (Twitter/@BJPLive)

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