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"“SSP deserves 90 per cent assistance on the lines of similar projects in Punjab and Karnataka” - Shri Narendra Modi"
"“Narmada water is lifeline for drought-prone and desert areas” - Shri Narendra Modi"

 

Ahmedabad, Saturday: In a fresh letter written to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi today forcefully reiterated the demand for inclusion of Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) on the Narmada River for Centre’s Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) for areas under Desert Development Programme (DDP).

Mr. Modi recalled that he had raised the legitimate issue with the Prime Minister earlier on January 17, May 17 and June 21 in 2011, demanded that SSP deserves 90 per cent of the assistance. It was corroborated by the Union Minister of Water Resources and Minorities those areas under DDP deserve higher priority than even Drought-Prone Area Development (DPAP).

He recalled that Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission had in a letter on March 29, 2011 also supported the Gujarat Government’s aforesaid demand. The Planning Commission appointed Task Force in 2008 too, called for removing discrepancies in the allotment of Central assistance under DDP and DPAP. As a sequel to this, Union Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure Facilities discussed the issue in May 2010 and suggested guidelines for inclusion of three DDP and DPAP water resources projects – two in Punjab and one in Karnataka – for Central assistance, excluding Gujarat’s SSP.

Mr. Modi further asserted in his latest letter that the Prime Minister is fully seized with the facts and significance, even as 75 per cent of the18.45-lakh hectare SSP command areas come under DPAP (5.08-lakh ha or 27,56 per cent) and DDP (8.73-lakh ha or 47.13 per cent).

He said that it is a well known fact that rainfall is far less and infrequent in areas under DDP rather than DPAP, which demands that top priority be given to the SSP as the Narmada river water is the only lifeline for inclusion under Inter-Basin Transfer of Water. So far, he pointed out, SSP had created irrigation potential in 7.19-lakh ha, while the bulk of remaining areas yet to be covered fall under DDP and DPAP. The Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) of national importance to increase agricultural production contributing to the overall development of India could progress faster if only it is covered under AIBP, he said.

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PM Modi to visit Varanasi on 23rd September
September 21, 2023
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PM to lay the foundation stone of the International Cricket Stadium in Varanasi
Design of stadium draws inspiration from Lord Shiva
PM to inaugurate 16 Atal Awasiya Vidyalayas built across Uttar Pradesh at a cost of about Rs 1115 crores
PM to participate in the closing ceremony of Kashi Sansad Sanskritik Mahotsav 2023

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will visit Varanasi on 23rd September, 2023. At around 1:30 PM, Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of the International Cricket Stadium in Varanasi. At around 3:15 PM, Prime Minister will reach Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre and will participate in the closing ceremony of Kashi Sansad Sanskritik Mahotsav 2023. He will also inaugurate 16 Atal Awasiya Vidyalaya built across Uttar Pradesh, during the programme.

International cricket stadium in Varanasi will be a step towards realising Prime Minister’s vision to develop modern world class sports infrastructure. The modern international cricket stadium, to be built in Ganjari, Rajatalab, Varanasi will be developed in more than 30 acre area, at a cost of about Rs 450 crores. The thematic architecture of this stadium draws inspiration from Lord Shiva, with designs developed for crescent shaped roof covers, trident shaped flood-lights, ghat steps based seating, Bilvipatra shaped metallic sheets on the facade. The stadium will have a capacity of 30,000 spectators.

With an aim to further enhance access to quality education, Sixteen Atal Awasiya Vidyalaya across Uttar Pradesh, built at a cost of about Rs 1115 crores, have been started exclusively for children of labourers, construction workers and orphans due to COVID-19 pandemic, with an aim to provide quality education and help in holistic development of Children. Each school is constructed in an area of 10-15 acres with classrooms, sports ground, recreational areas, a mini auditorium, hostel complex, mess and residential flats for staff. These residential schools intend to eventually accommodate 1000 students each.

Prime Minister’s vision to strengthen the cultural vibrancy of Kashi has led to the conceptualization of Kashi Sansad Sanskritik Mahotsav. The Mahotsav witnessed the participation of more than 37,000 persons across 17 disciplines, who displayed their skills in singing, instrumental playing, nukkad natak, dancing etc. The meritorious participants will get a chance to showcase their cultural skills during the programme at Rudraksh International Cooperation and Convention Centre.