Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched an irrigation scheme Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (SAUNI) Yojna, in his home state Gujarat. SAUNI Yojna, is a project initiated by him in 2012 as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
SAUNI project aims at diverting the floodwater from Sardar Sarovar Dam to several dams of the water scarce Saurasthra region trhough a network of canal and pipelines. He said that the initiative will make every Gujarati proud.
While addressing the people he said we are responsible for the future generations and that is why it is essential to conserve water.
The water table of Gujarat, which was falling, began to rise as dams were built in large numbers in the State, said Modi. Modi said earlier in Kuch, Jawans hardly got adequate water. No one imagined agriculture could happen there but the situation changed because of various initiatives.
The PM said that the country’s farmers can do wonder if they get adequate water supply for their crops. Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said that the situation regarding the Narmada was adverse but it changed under the leadership of Nadrndra Modi.
Due to bad weather, PM Modi had to travels by road to reach SAUNI project site from Jamnagar. Former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel also came for the inauguration. She said, “Today is a day of pride. Our dream is now being fulfilled. We have seen the adverse effects of water shortage in Gujarat.”