dam to be completed despite obstacles: Keshubhai
Express News Service
Dhangadhara, June 17: Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel has
once again reiterated that the state government is firm to complete
the Sardar Sarovar dam despite criticism from a section of the society.
Patel was speaking at a function on Saturday to commence the lining
work of the Maliya branch in Vasavada village in Dhangadahra Taluka.
He said several hindrances were posed by the anti-dam activists
in the past, but the Supreme Court verdict has silenced such critics.
He said that the schedule has been prepared by the Chief Ministers
of four states and the state government is going ahead as per the
schedule. The 110 meter height of the dam will be completed by 2003
and the entire work of the dam will be completed by 2005, he added.
The Chairman of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam limited Bhupendrasinh
Chudasma said the Maliya canal of Saurashtra will be completed by
March 2002 and simultaneously the Water Supplies Board will complete
the laying of the pipeline.
further urged the people of Gujarat to cooperate in the completion
of the project. Patel said: ‘‘Even if the farmer was to lose a small
patch of his field for the laying of the pipeline, he should not
create any obstruction as it is for a noble cause and would cater
to the drinking water needs of thousands of people in the Saurashtra
‘‘Earlier it was said that even after 51 years of Independence people
in the state have to drink water contaminated with fluoride. Now
no one would be drinking this water as half of Saurashtra i.e Bhavnagar,
Amreli, Junagadh and parts of Rajkot districts are supplied Narmada
water through Mahi pipeline and the remaining districts — Jamnagar,
Surendranagar, Kutch and the remaining part of Rajkot — would get
Narmada water by April 2002.’’