December 6, 2020 12:23:00 am
CHIEF MINISTER Vijay Rupani on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the Rs 711-crore Tapi-Karjan irrigation water pipeline network at Umarpada in Tapi district. The CM also laid the foundation stone for an Army School at Umarpada and expressed hope that a Gujarat regiment of the Indian Army would be formed in future.
“The state government had started 10 irrigation schemes at the cost of Rs 3,700 crore in the tribal areas in the last few years and very soon people will get the benefit from these. Of these schemes, the Tapi-Karjan water pipeline network is being constructed with over Rs 700 crore,” Rupani said.
The irrigation scheme will provide water to 53,700-acre agricultural land covering 51 villages of Umarpada taluka and 22 villages of Dediapada taluka in Narmada district. Under the scheme, three new check dams will be constructed between Tapi and Karjan at the cost of Rs 276 lakh, while 103 existing check dams will be broadened so that they can conserve more water.
On Saturday, the CM said though Umarpada and Dediapada received 100-150 per cent rainfall, not all farmers received water for irrigation. “Development is not possible without water. The state government understands it clearly and for this, we…