Narmada river: Gujarat slashes water allocation to industries, asks cities to tap supplementary sources

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New Delhi | Updated: January 23, 2018 11:10:18 AM

In a tough stance, the ruling BJP government in Gujarat has cut the annual quota allocated to industries. The state government said that there will be no check in the drinking water. The ruling dispensation has asked urban and rural local bodies to tap 'supplementary sources' of drinking water as summer approaches

narmada river Narmada river: This comes after the state government had categorically said that it won?t be able to provide irrigation water to farmers for the summer crop.

In a tough stance, the ruling BJP government in Gujarat has cut the annual quota allocated to industries. The state government said that there will be no check in the drinking water. The ruling dispensation has asked urban and rural local bodies to tap ‘supplementary sources’ of drinking water as summer approaches, according to Indian Express report. “There is less water in the entire Narmada basin. Overall this is one of the worst years… Unfortunately, this is one of the weak years… It will cause discomfort to everyone this year in Gujarat, which is heavily dependent on Narmada water,” Chief Secretary J N Singh, while making a presentation on the paucity of water in the Sardar Sarovar dam said. This comes after the state government had categorically said that it won’t be able to provide irrigation water to farmers for the summer crop.

“Our first and foremost priority in Gujarat is to provide drinking water. It will be more or less the same that we are currently providing… The small and big towns that are getting Narmada water will continue to get it, but they have been asked to look for supplementary sources of water. No water cut will be imposed as of now,” he further said.

Regarding adequate quota of drinking water available, Singh said the state government will explore the possibility of getting water from Kadana dam in Mahisagar district and French wells. Municipal corporations, he said, have been asked to tap traditional sources of water and underground water. According to Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) officials, Gujarat is expected to get only 4.71 MAF (million acre feet) water from Narmada in 2017-18 — almost half of 9.34 MAF it got in 2016-17. SSNNL’s Chairman and Managing Director S S Rathore, who was present at the briefing, said that for industries, the usage has been limited to 0.06 MAF against 0.2 MAF. While 1.29 MAF is being given for drinking purposes, the remaining 3.36 MAF will go to agriculture, he added. SSNNL officials said industries have been informed about the cut.

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