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`SSP to provide enough water'

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JAMNAGAR, MAY 25: Minister for Narmada and Major Irrigation Jaynarayan Vyas reiterated the BJP-ruled State Government's claim that all villages and urban areas in entire Saurashtra region would be provided perennial water supply after the giant Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) on river Narmada, in South Gujarat, is completed.

He, however, did not specify when this "mirage" would be translated into ground reality.

While addressing a gathering on the occasion of 68th foundation day of Jamnagar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) here on Tuesday, Vyas emptied his basket of statistics on the ambitious SSP.

Stating that population exploration was the root-cause for the grave drinking water situation, Vyas emphasised the need to conserve every drop of rain water. Talking about the measures being taken for salinity ingress control in Jamnagar district, which has the longest (325 km) coastline on the Gulf of Kutch and Arabian Sea, Vyas quoted figures and said that the works of 17 tidal regulators, six reclamation dams, 39 bandharas, 46 water recharging tanks and 240 checkdams were near completion at the cost of about Rs 17 crore. These works, when completed, would irrigate over 4,800 hectares of agricultural land, he added.

He also disclosed that a budget provision of over Rs 5 crore was made in the current year for the construction of more four tidal regulators, two reclamation dams and about 50 checkdams on the coastal belt of Jamnagar district. When these new works would be completed, the storage capacity would be added by about 64 million cubic metres of rain water, Vyas added.

JCCI working president Vinubai Patel, secretary S K Sangh and Jamnagar MP Chandresh Patel also spoke.

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