SAUNI project will quench Saurashtra’s thirst, says Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani

By: | Updated: August 30, 2016 12:56 PM

Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat, on Tuesday, welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the state where he is to dedicate the SAUNI project to the nation.

Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat, on Tuesday, welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the state where he is to dedicate the SAUNI project to the nation. Calling it an engineering marvel, Rupani went on social networking site Twitter to inform the people about the function that marks the commissioning of Phase I of Link I of the project. The SAUNI project is said to provide water to 11 drought prone districts and bring ‘fresh life’ to the region, he added. The function on Tuesday will see the water flowing into 10 dams of Morbi, Rajkot and the Jamnagar district. The project aims to envisage filling of 115 major dams in the region of Saurashtra by diverting 1 MAFT of flood water overflowing from the Sardar Sarovar Dam.

Rupani credited the Indian Prime Minister for the project as it was his dream during his tenure as the Chief Minister of the state. Earlier today Modi arrived in Rajkot for the launch of Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (SAUNI) Yojna. This is the Indian Prime Minister’s second visit to the state in a matter of 15 days. Modi will also address a massive gathering after the inaugural ceremony. Around 700 state transport buses and 200 private buses will ferry people to the inaugural ceremony. Earlier this month, Vijay Rupani was chosen as the new Chief Minister of Gujarat following the resignation of Anandiben Patel. Rupani, strong Amit Shah supporter left Nitin Patel, behind to become the CM of the state troubled with the Patel unrest and atrocities on Dalits.

The SAUNI project is considered to be an ambitious project as it is to fill up a majority of dams in the Saurashtra region and is worth Rs 12,000 crore. It was announced by Narendra Modi when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Saurashtra faces droughts like situations every year and has been facing a serious scarcity of water due to the lack of rains since the last couple of years.

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