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Gujarat CM Attends High Level Meeting Chaired by Pm to Review Drought and Water Scarcity Situation in Gujarat

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today chaired a high-level meeting concerning the drought and water scarcity situation in various parts of Gujarat. Gujarat CM Smt. Anandiben Patel remained present in the meeting. Senior officials from the Government of India and the State of Gujarat also remained present.

Elaborating on the State’s efforts for water conservation, recharge and creation of water bodies, CM Smt. Patel mentioned that 1.68 lakh check dams, 2.74 lakh farm ponds, and 1.25 lakh Bori Bandhs have been made with a storage capacity of 42.3 billion cubic feet water, benefitting over 6.32 lakh hectares.

Piped water supply is being provided to 77 percent of households in the State. In spite of deficient rainfall for the second consecutive year, the work done for the state water grid has resulted in only 568 tankers being required for water distribution in some remote tail areas of the state. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi while appreciating this effort, called for further action to completely eliminate the need for tanker supply.

CM Smt. Patel also informed that the State has made significant progress in micro-irrigation. One hundred percent coverage of drip/sprinkler irrigation has been achieved in 3789 villages.

The measures undertaken by the State have resulted in a reasonable amount of drought-proofing, despite deficient (about 80 percent of long-term average) and skewed temporal distribution of rainfall. Despite two successive years of drought, crop production in the State has been estimated at 95 percent of the normal.

The creation of an elaborate canal network under the Sardar Sarovar Irrigation Scheme has led to a significant increase in crop yields and a positive impact on farm incomes. In this context, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi emphasized on value addition in horticulture and cash crops. Measures to boost progress in fishery, bee-keeping, pearl culture, and seaweed were also discussed.

The meeting ended with a resolve on the part of the Centre and State to work together on the issue of water scarcity.

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