Narmada flood water supply to Kutch: farmers protest in Bhuj town and demand project shipment

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Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh held a protest in the town of Kutch in Bhuj on Tuesday, demanding that the government speed up work to deliver the million acre floodwater (MAF) from the Narmada River to Kutch, this which was announced over ten years ago.

Hundreds of farmers gathered at Tin City Ground on Mundra Road in Bhuj City and demanded that the government start work on creating channels for the flow of MAF flood water from the Narmada Dam to Kutch.

“The attribution of one of the MAF flood waters flowing over the Narmada dam was announced by Narendra Modi when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat. Last year, then-Chief Minister Vijay Rupani gave his approval in principle to the project and allocated Rs 3,475 crore for the first phase. The project has not even received administrative approval, ”said Shyamji Mayatra, vice president of the Gujarat unit of BKS.

The Kutch Farmer Chief said: “The government has created infrastructure in northern Gujarat and Saurashtra to provide their share of MAF water each, but nothing has happened in Kutch. Farmers in Kutch, a border district, need water. In the long term, this will help keep our border secure. “
The protest started at 10 a.m. and continued until 4 p.m. “We have the support of 400 village panchayats in Kutch. If the government does not grant administrative approval to the project by January 21, we will start an agitation, ”said the leader of the BKS.

While the Kutch collector could not be reached for comment, officers from the irrigation department said the detailed project report (DPR) will need to be amended. “The project plans to take Narmada water from the Tappar dam and pump it to around 100 Kutch reservoirs by digging seven connecting channels. The government has given its approval in principle to the project and allocated 3,475 crore rupees for the first phase during which the construction of four connecting channels is proposed. However, the project DPR was prepared in 2008-2009 and the situation on the ground has changed since. Therefore, the DRP will have to be changed, ”an officer said on condition of anonymity.

The Kutch Diversion Canal (KBC) of the Narmada Dam Project is to lead the water from Narmada to the Modkuba village of Mandvi taluka in West Kutch. However, the digging works of this canal are in progress and recently the water reached Pragpar in Mundra taluka. KBC also supplies the Tappar dam at Anjar Taluka in eastern Kutch.

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