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Plan to harness surplus water

CHANASMA: The Gujarat government has prepared a Rs 750 crore link canal project to harness the surplus water from the river Narmada during monsoon and utilise the same for linking several reservoirs in north Gujarat who function below 45 per cent of their total capacity.

Addressing a gathering at village Kamboi where the work on the second phase of Narmada main canal began, the minister said as the Sardar Sarovar dam's spillage portion was 90 per cent complete and 10 per cent concrete work remained to be completed, the possibility of the use of surplus water from Narmada had brightened.

He said under the plan, the reservoir at Dharoi, Meshwo, Sipu and Dantiwada and some others would be linked with the Narmada canal and provided water so that it could be utilised in north Gujarat. Most of these dams, he said now did not have enough quantity of water and Dharoi dam had already dried up forcing the state government to assist the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation to implement Raska project to increase the water supply in Ahmedabad city.

He hoped that harnessing surplus Narmada water would solve drinking water problem and to an extent irrigation problem of north Gujarat where the ground water table had gone down considerably.



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