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Authorities gear up to handle water crisis

The Times of India News Service

SURENDRANAGAR: 25 villages of Surendranagar district are being provided drinking water through water tankers.

Gujarat Water Supply & Sewage Board are catering 13 villages, namely Mulchand, Bala, Kotharia, Vadla, Nana Madhad (all of Wadhwan taluka); Pharmacy College Lakhtar, Malika (under Lakhtar taluka); Naliya & Sidhhasar (Mulil taluka) & Korda, Jepar, Chokdi and Bhojapara (of Limbdi taluka) through 5 tankers. The district panchayat is providing 12 villages namely Sarala, Danawada, Tuva, Ranjitgarh, Ratanpar, Narichana, Nani Morasal & Habuyasar through 12 tankers, according to district collector, P.S.Shah.

Owing to scanty monsoon and lurking famine conditions in 378 villages of the district, the district administration has prepared a master plan worth Rs.1497.25 lakh and sent it for the sanction of the state government. According to the plan, 467 bores are to be dug in 253 villages , 27 water ponds to be deepened in 27 villages, Rural Water Supply Schemes to be revived in 88 villages & 12 Groups Water Supply Schemes in 143 villages; and 248 villages to be catered through water tankers; six new wells to be dug in six villages and deepen present wells in 12 villages.

The administration has set up a system to arrange water catering committee, meeting every week at the taluka level to sort out water problems and to take steps accordingly, stated Shah. He added that out of 56 villages, 8 bores in 4 villages were successfully carried out, 12 DTH bores in 12 villages have been successful; 13 rural water supply schemes have been revived and 50 handpumps were repaired so far. Dhrangadhra is allocated Rs.17 lakh, Halwad Rs. 7.30 lakh and Thangarh, Rs. 10 lakh in the master plan. Surendranagar & Wadhawan have been catered water since October 1999 through Ramparada, Khodu & Raigarh boring pipelines.

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