The Chief Minister said the SSP was started in 1961 but took 50 years to reach the Kutch shores embroiled as it was in political and other controversies. Mr. Modi laid the stones for total five projects for the 360-km long Narmada branch canal network for the Kutch district involving a total investment of Rs.4.600-crore, including two branch canals of 82-km each in Rapar taluka worth Rs.1.265-crore and three 20-storeyed pumping stations for lifting water to a higher elevation.
Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel said that Gujarat has a habit of converting its problems into mass movements as it did in spreading girls' education and ‘save girl' campaign and now has decided to double the income of Kutch farmers through canal irrigation project.
Water Resources Minister Nitin Patel said the Kutch had started getting Narmada water for drinking purposes through a pipeline project since 2003. It will soon reach the district for irrigation also.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNL) managing director S. Jagdeesan, joint managing director K. Srinivas, director Mukesh Zaveri.
Silver overflows for Narmada, donations for girls' education
Ahmedabad, Saturday: Overwhelmed by the prospects of Narmada waters reaching the Kutch region, the villagers of Suvai today donated 100-kg silver at the Narmada canal ground breaking ceremony, towards a huge ‘Statue of Unity being built on the Narmada to commemorate Sardar Patel's contribution towards the project.
On this occasion, a number of prominent people of Kutch contributed sums of different amounts for the Gujarat's ‘Kanya Kelavni Yojna' to popularize girls' education. They included Damjibhai Anchorwala Rs.11,11,111; Dhanjibhai Ghelabhai Rs.11-lakh; Kanjibhai Bhachubhai Reeta, Rapar Taluka Kharid Bechan Sangh and Mumbai-based Kharoi Yuvak Mandal Rs.1,11,111 each and Nutan Trambo Gam Samiti Rs.51,000.
A 12-year-old girl Fency Trevadia also chipped in Rs.12,734 from her pocket money for the Kanya Kelavni Fund, inviting Chief Minister Narendra Modi's praise.