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5,000 check dams to be ready in one year

BHAVNAGAR: Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel said the overwhelming response by the Saurashtra region's villagers to the Sardar Patel Co-operative Water Conservation Project would enable the state government to complete more than 5,000 check dams in a record time of one year, while speaking at a foundation stone-laying ceremony for a network of 450 check dams covering 24 villages in Botad taluka.

Patel further said that the state government had so far received about 5,400 applications for the project and all of them would be completed by the end of this summer in order to ensure that the current year would be the last one in which people faced a hardship of drinking water.

"What has not been done in the last 50 years will be done in a year and through this success Gujarat would show the entire country a new type of rural development, one which includes the wholehearted support of the masses," he said.

The state government bears 60 per cent of the expense for the construction of check dams, while the remaining 40 per cent is contributed by village beneficiaries.

The chief minister announced that the high-tech Krishi Vision would be launched very soon by the state government to help those farmers who did not get a good return from agriculture as a result of the dry farming in the Saurashtra region.

Dhandhuka MP Ratilal Verma, youth and cultural activities minister Mahendra Trivedi, Botad legislator Saurabh Patel also spoke on the occasion.

Other legislators from the Bhavnagar district, the mayor, BJP workers, senior government and GWSSB officials were present at the occasion.

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