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Tuesday 8 February 2000





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Self-reliant villagers unite to build dams

RAJKOT: The people of Navagam in Kalavad taluka, Jamnagar district have decided to construct 106 check dams around the village within the next four months to conserve water and ensure self-reliance in their requirements for water. The villagers, working together would construct nine such dams in a week's time.

Navagam village sarpanch Ashok Akbary said that the village has so far contributed Rs 27 lakh and was expecting to collect an additional Rs 13 lakh from villagers living in Rajkot and Surat. He said these people were employed and were keen to finance this project.

Akbary said the village had set a target of collecting Rs 60 lakh to complete a project that would cost around Rs 1 crore. The work was being done under the Sardar Patel Jal Abhiyan Scheme, he said.

A village committee had been formulated for the effective implementation of the construction activity, for the supply of material and planning. The scheme was likely to benefit 8,000 bighas of agricultural land besides assuring drinking water through the year. At present, the village is supplied water through tankers.

The drive has also received fillip from other areas of the district. A Jamnagar-based charitable trust has decided to contribute Rs 15 lakh and assured the construction of 50 water ponds in Lalpur taluka.

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