Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated phase-I of the Link-II pipeline canal of the ambitious Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation SAUNI project at Botad in Gujarat.
This is the second milestone in the 12,000 crore rupees project to pump Narmada water in 115 Dams of arid Saurashtra region. The ambitious scheme will provide Narmada water to Botad and other surrounding districts.
This entire project is divided in four phases to fill up 115 dams of arid Saurashtra region with overflowing water of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Dam through a web of pipeline network. Earlier, Mr Modi had dedicated phase-I of the Link-I canal at Jamnagar in August last year.
Addressing the huge gathering on this occasion this evening, Prime Minister Modi said, people of arid Saurashtra region better know the value of water. He said, it is a dream come true for him as empty Krushnasagar dam is filling up with Narmada water.
According to information received, the Link-II canal is designed to pump Narmada water in 17 dams spread across Botad, Bhavnagar and Amreli districts. 253-kilometre long pipeline of Link-II originates from Limdi Bhogavo-II dam near Limdi and is planned to terminate at Raidy dam in Amreli district.
The phase-I of this pipeline covers a distance of 51 kilometres and brings water from Limdi Bhogavo-II to Bhimdad dam in Gadhda taluka of Botad district.
According to official release, the phase-I of the Link-II had been completed at the cost of 1,313 crore rupees. The phase-I will fill up Bhimdad dam and Krushnasagar dam. The entire SAUNI project will cover the 10.22 lakh acres of land in Saurashtra region for irrigation purpose.