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Saurashtra to get Narmada water from mid-March
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Saurashtra to get Narmada water from mid-March

GANDHINAGAR, MARCH 8: Gujarat Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel has claimed the Narmada waters will start flowing in the parched regions of Saurashtra, Ahmedabad and Vadodara from mid-March through the Pariyej-Kanewal Saurashtra pipeline.

Keshubhai, along with Water Supply Minister Narottam Patel, told the weekly post-Cabinet-meeting press conference on Wednesday that the Narmada waters would meet the requirement of Vadodara city. It would also raise the water supply in Ahmedabad from 50 million gallons a day (MGD) to about 85 MGD.

The two cities would start getting water from March 13. ``There would be no water shortage in Ahmedabad or Vadodara in the summer months,'' Keshubhai said. According to him, the worst-affected drought areas in Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Amreli and Junagadh districts would start getting water, pumped from the Pariyej scheme, from March 15.

Narottam Patel said as much as 1,200 to 1,500 cusecs would flow into the Saurashtra region. The Narmada water started flowing into the Pariyej Canal on February 20 and by now over 900 cusecs have been discharged into it.

On March 1, water routed from the Narmada through a 145-km long tunnel was released into the Mahi junction canal in Kheda district. This water started flowing into the Panam Canal today.

The Chief Minister said the Pariyej scheme was completed in November on a war-footing and further work on it has been on since though the state was pre-occupied with the January 26 earthquake. The scheme involves tapping water flowing over the Narmada dam, transporting it to the Pariyej and Kanewal lakes through a tunnel and releasing it into a network of pipelines.

Originally, the water from the Kadana dam was to be released into the nearby Pariyej and Kanewal lakes, before routing it to Saurashtra and north Gujarat. The plan fell through when it was discovered that the inflow from Rajasthan into the Kadana dam was low. As a result, the state switched to the Narmada dam.

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