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“Gujarat to handover Narmada Project’s water distribution management to farmers’ water users committees” “Centre should allow the gates of Sardar Sarovar Project main dam on Narmada to be raised up to 138 metres” —Narendra Modi

Ahmedabad, Tuesday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said the Narmada waters distribution network under the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) command area would be handed over to the farmers’ water users committees in about 5,000 villages in the state.

Talking to farmers across the state on the occasion of Krishi Mahotsav-2012 through videoconferencing, he asked the villagers to take over the management of distribution network.

Mr. Modi said that two generations have passed since Gujarat had asked the Central Government to allow the height of the main dam of the SSP on the Narmada to be raised to 138 metres, but it is stuck at 121.92 metres. At the present height, the dam holds just 27 percent of the total capacity. Gujarat bashers are opposing the completion of the dam, he said.

Ironically, he said, the Central Government provides 90 per cent assistance from AIBP for drought relief, but not to the SSP with potential to fight drought.

He said that the cost of the project originally estimated at Rs.6,000-crore has gone up to Rs.50,000-crore. It is Gujarat Government which has allocated Rs.9,000-crore from its budget to provide to higher reaches in North Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutch.

Mr. Modi said that 80,000 farmers of Gujarat had voluntarily handed over about 40,000 ha of their land falling under Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) to the authorities and were given compensation of Rs.1,200-crore. He said that present government has augmented the irrigation capacity of canals and add another one lakh ha by the yearend.

He said the government has undertaken the task of taking the Narmada Canal waters to fill up dams and higher altitudes in Saurashtra and Kutch through a series of pumps, some of them being the world’s biggest. Similarly, water from Panam and Kadana dams has been taken through lift irrigation to tribal belt. Sujalam Sufalam Yojna has diverted surplus rainwater flowing down the rivers into the sea to water-starved regions. There are 1,200 other small and big irrigation projects in the state.

The Chief Minister said that all these efforts have brought 37-lakh hectares agriculture land under irrigation in the state.

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Cabinet approves redevelopment of New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Mumbai Railway Stations
September 28, 2022
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The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved Indian Railways’ proposal for redevelopment of  3 major railway stations with an approximate total investment of nearly ₹10,000 Cr.:

a) New Delhi Railway Station;

b) Ahmedabad Railway Station; and

c) Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) Mumbai

Railway Station is an important and central place for any city. Prime Minster Sh. Narendra Modi has given importance to stations development in the transformation of Railways. Today’s Cabinet decision gives a new direction to the station development. Work on redevelopment of 199 Stations is going on. Out of these, tenders have been issued for 47 stations. Master planning and design for the remaining is underway. Work is progressing fast for 32 stations. Today, the Cabinet has sanctioned investment of Rs. 10,000 crore for 3 big stations, namely New Delhi, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Mumbai and Ahmedabad Railway Stations.

The standard elements of station design will be:

  1. Every station will have a spacious roof plaza (36/72/108 m) with all passenger amenities at one place along with spaces for retail, cafeterias, recreational facilities.
  2. Both sides of the city will be connected with the station, with the station building on both sides of Railway tracks.
  3. Facilities like food court, waiting lounge, playing area for children, place for local products, etc will be available.
  4. The stations located within the city will have a city center like place.
  5. To make the stations comfortable, there will be proper illumination, way finding/signages, acoustics, lifts/escalators/travelators.
  6. Master plan has been prepared for smooth movement of traffic, with adequate parking facilities.
  7. There will be integration with other modes of transportation like metro, bus etc.
  8. Green Building Techniques will be used, with solar energy, water conservation/recycling and improved tree cover.
  9. Special care will be taken to provide Divyang friendly facilities.
  10. These stations will be developed on the concept of intelligent building.
  11. There will be segregation of arrival/departures, Clutter free platforms, improved surfaces, fully covered platforms.
  12.  The stations will be safe with installation of CCTV and access control.
  13. These will be iconic station buildings.