Gandhinagar: Water and Energy are vital for the sustainable development of any region and in this backdrop; the contribution of Sardar Sarovar Project has been more than what it had promised, said B. N. Navalawala, Advisor to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. Navalawala also added about the supply of 108 billion cubic meters of water and 41,800 million units of eco-friendly hydropower. The dam dedicated to the Nation in September 2017 and more than 58,000 km length of the canal has been completed so far.

“Narmada water is supplied up to Bhachau, Kutch which is 600 km away from the Sardar Sarovar Dam, after lifting by 54 meters in three stages. Tappar dam, the main sources of drinking water for the entire Kutch has been filled twice with Narmada water in the current water year. The dam supplies water to Kandla, Gandhidham, Adipur & Anjar. Recently Suvai dam & Fatehgarh dam are also filled with Narmada water. 7 Municipal Corporations, 165 towns and 8591 villages of Gujarat are getting Narmada water to satisfy their drinking and domestic water demands, benefitting about 40million population,” said Navalawala. Even in Kutch district, 14 cities/ towns and 877 villages are getting Narmada water for drinking. About 1100 MLD of Narmada water is being supplied uninterruptedly, even during this hot season.

As regards irrigation, potential has been created in 15.77 lakh hectare out of ultimate planned 17.92 lakh hectare. In January 2018, a study carried out by Bhaskaracharya Institute of Space Application and Geo-Informatics (BISAG) with the help of satellite imagery reported that 8.32 lakh hectare was getting benefit of Rabi irrigation and even in Kutch, where the canal network is still under construction, 16,530 hectare area was being irrigated with Narmada water in Rapar and Bhachau Taluka and even in the desert area.

The Advisor to CM said that “As per NWDT award & Water Use Plan, annually only 0.20 MAF of water is earmarked for Industries, out of total 9.0 MAF water which is just 2.2%. However, actual water use for Industries has so far never exceeded this limit. This year total water available is only 4.80 MAF, of which 0.06 MAF water is allocated for industrial use against which, so far, 0.03 MAF water is given to industries, which works out to a tiny 0.5 % of the total water usage in the current water year. As against this, 4.36 MAF water is given for irrigation, i.e. more than 80% of total water consumption is for irrigation purpose.