2,000 villages in Guj facing drinking water shortage: Zadafia
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 29, 2010, 22:54
Ahmedabad: At least 2,000 villages in the state are facing acute shortage of drinking water as government authorities have failed to make arrangements for regular supply of water, Maha Gujarat Janata Party president Gordhan Zadafia said here.

According to him, hundreds of villages in Saurashtra are getting drinking water once a week through tankers but the authorities have failed to provide Narmada water through canals.

"The state government has completely failed to build canals in Saurashtra and Kutch, which are water scarce areas," Zadafia said, adding that only 27 per cent canal network has been built so far while it would take at least 10 years to finish remaining canal network in the command area of Narmada project.

He added his party would launch a 'yatra' in the villages of Saurashtra in order to highlight the failure of the authorities.

Zadafia also said that Gujarat has seen good growth in agriculture because of good rainfall during the last couple of years but if Narmada water is provided, farmers can benefit from growing three crops a year.


First Published: Thursday, April 29, 2010, 22:54

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