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Taking precautionary measures against natural calamities is the responsibility of the government - CM

Hon. CM Smt. Anandiben Patel today laid the foundation stone of 2,970 metre long embankment on the right bank of the River Tapi in Surat, to be built at a cost of Rs.16.42 crore for flood protection.

Speaking on the occasion, Smt. Patel expressed a clear view that it is the government’s responsibility to save people’s life and property from flood or any other natural calamities.

Areas from Nehru Bridge up to low-lying Adajan-Pal and Magdalla on the right bank of the River Tapi are considered as floodplains. Whenever there is a heavy rain in the upstream, 2.5 to 3 lakh cusec or more water is released from Ukai Dam from time to time, and this flood water enters residential areas of this region. Now, on the completion of this flood prevention work, it could save 3 lakh people from about 6 lakh cusec flood water.

There was a great damage due to the heavy floods in the month of August, 2006 as the water was overflowing the banks of Tapi. Considering the frequent flood situation in the river, the Government has raised 32.18 km long embankment wall on both banks of the river from Nehru Bridge to Kathor at a cost of Rs.174.30 crore to withstand up to 8.5 lakh cusec flood water and finished nearly 13 works of sluice regulators at the cost of Rs.52 crore. In addition to this, works of 2.30 km length are under progress at a cost of Rs.43.27 crore.

Mentioning the message of cleanliness Surat had given to the whole country after the plague epidemic, Hon. CM said that attempts will be made in the direction to make entire Gujarat clean and beautiful by learning lesson of cleanliness from Surat.

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