Gujarat CM stresses on reducing dependency on Narmada water

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani has called on the state’s administration to increase the use of treated water, in order to reduce dependency on groundwater and the Narmada river

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, on May 6, 2019, stressed on the need for reducing dependency on water received from the Narmada project, as well as ground water sources. During a review meeting held in Gandhinagar, to review the water availability in all the major towns and cities of the state, Rupani told officials to implement a system, wherein, treated or recycled water is used by industrial units, in agriculture, for gardening, or to fill ponds in cities, said an official release.

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“To reduce dependency on ground water, as well as Narmada water, the CM asked the administration to ensure that the share of treated or recycled water reaches 75% of total water supply, in the next one to two years,” the release said. During the meeting, discussions were also held about rejuvenating rivers through treated water, said the release. To achieve the target, Rupani asked officials to strictly implement the state government’s ‘Reuse of Treated Waste Water Policy’, which was announced in 2018. He suggested industrial units near cities be supplied with treated water, instead of fresh water, as far as possible.

Narmada canal network supplying 375 crore litres of water per day: Gujarat deputy CM

Every day, 375 crore litres of water from the Narmada canal network is being supplied for drinking purposes to four crore people in Gujarat, the state’s deputy chief minister Nitin Patel has said

May 6, 2019: At 375 crore litres of water per day, the Narmada canal network is supplying 50 crore litres per day, more than what was being supplied last year, for drinking water purposes, for the people of Gujarat, the state’s deputy chief minister Nitin Patel said, on May 4, 2019. Gujarat has a population of around 6.5 crores.

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“The Narmada canal network is providing drinking water to 8,911 villages, 165 cities and six municipal corporations. We are supplying 190 crore litres of water per day to Kutch and Saurashtra through this canal network, which is 20 crore litres more than last year,” he said. “Supply of drinking water to Kutch has increased from 27 crore litres per day last year, to 32 crore litres per day now,” Patel said.

The deputy CM said the water position in central and south Gujarat was better than Saurashtra and Kutch regions. Patel was in Vadodara, to take stock of the water situation.

Gujarat dams dry up, state government claims no problem till July-end

The Gujarat government has assured that it has enough water for the drinking needs of the people of the state till July-end, even though many dams in the state have dried up owing to scanty rainfall in 2018

April 30, 2019: The Gujarat government, on April 29, 2019, said a majority of the dams in the state have either dried up or were having negligible water, due to scanty rainfall last year but added that the Sardar Sarovar Dam would provide drinking water till the end of July 2019. Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel, said the water level in the Sardar Sarovar Dam was 119.5 metres at present. “Due to scanty rainfall last year, water storage is negligible in almost all the dams at present. However, enough water is available in Sardar Sarovar Dam to provide drinking water to the people of Gujarat,” Patel told reporters in Gandhinagar.

“Around four crore people in Gujarat are being given water through the Narmada canal network and there is no need to worry till July-end. At present, we are supplying water from the Narmada project to 8,911 villages, 165 towns and six cities,” he said. “The live storage in Narmada dam is 0.93 million acre feet. We are yet to receive an additional 0.35 million acre feet from Madhya Pradesh. Thus, there will not be any problem of drinking water till July-end,” Patel claimed.

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Patel said around 375 crore litres of drinking water was being supplied to the people every day, through the Narmada canal network. “We used to supply 27 crore litres of water every day to Kutch district. Now, we will supply 32 crore litres every day through the Narmada canals. We have also planned to lay new pipelines for Porbandar and Patan districts,” he said.

He said a meeting on April 30, 2019, chaired by chief minister Vijay Rupani, will review measures to tackle water scarcity in the state. At present, the state government is supplying water in tankers in 258 villages and 263 hamlets, through 1,583 daily trips, said Patel. He informed that people can register their complaints about water related problems on the toll-free number 1916.

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