Gandhinagar, 11 December 2020
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani completed the e-finalization of three water supply improvement schemes worth Rs 46.82 crore in Ahmedabad on December 10, 2020. 3.74 lakh population of 128 villages of 7 talukas of rural Ahmedabad will get clean drinking water.
The state has spent Rs 1.50 lakh crore on water in 15 years from 2006 to 2020-21. In 24 years of BJP rule, Rs 2 lakh crore has been spent on water. With all this money, Gujarat should have got all drinking water facilities. Nevertheless, it is still between Rs 10,000 crore and Rs 15,000 crore per year. The BJP governments of Keshubhai Patel, Suresh Mehta, Narendra Modi, Anandiben Patel and Vijay Rupani have completely failed in water managment.
The cost of Rs 2 lakh crore has gone up to Rs 33,300 per person in Gujarat. 1 to 1.50 lakhs per family. Despite TAM, a plan for drinking water is being prepared. It literally means that the claim that everyone has access to clean drinking water since 2001 is just an illusion.
In this regard, the Congress has quoted the CAG as saying that the Gujarat government has completely failed in water management and water distribution. The BJP government is betraying the lives of the citizens and farmers of Gujarat. In Gujarat, black money worth Rs 10,000 crore is being traded by BJP government partners.
Water policy could not be formulated in the state. The CAG report states that no mechanism works on water audits. Major provision has been made in the budget for irrigation and drinking water.
Money flows into water pipelines instead of water. The government has no plan or description or policy for interim arrangements, area, town, city, current water requirement, availability and future requirement in case of water shortage.
There is complete lack of scientific survey, water quantity management.
The state government should immediately formulate a water policy keeping in mind factors like water requirement, per capita water requirement, water consumption, population growth, increasing demand for agriculture. The amount of water required for use and proper distribution, management is also essential.
The water audit of the CAG has revealed the quality and status of drinking water in the state. BJP government should bring water policy instead of doing politics on water issue.
The CAG’s water audit report reveals the state’s drinking water poll. The state government claimed that 36,000 settlements were entirely linked to water supply. In fact 37 percent of the settlements do not have a water pipeline connection. It is claimed that on an average 40 to 100 liters of clouds are given per head. Drink 10 liters of water instead of 40.
Congress leader Manish Doshi said, Modi, Amit Shah and Rupani are claiming that 2352 villages are given Narmada water. In fact, only 1587 villages get water from the Narmada. 45 percent is not available. Those who get it are not enough. Often not found for days.
Chemicals are coming in from 15 percent to 19.54 percent water. From 2013 to 2028, toxic chemicals, nitrates, fluorides and solid particles were found in 18 water samples.
Nitrate mixed water has been found in Chhotaipur, Dahod, Banaskantha, Panchmahal, Vadodara, while large quantities of fluoride have been found in drinking water in Kheda.
Out of 245 talukas, 198 talukas do not have laboratory for testing taluka level water samples. As there is no laboratory, 32% of the samples are tested.
The presence of large-scale bacteria was observed in 18 percent of drinking water.
Not a single lab has been tested for iron and Assyrians, who have to undergo special tests for the quality of drinking water.
38 paise per 1000 liters of drinking water from March 2021 and Rs. 3.13 will increase.
The villages of Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Amreli, Jamnagar get water once or twice a week, sometimes in a fortnight. It also comes in hardly 40 minutes, and all the water has to go from here. In some villages in Bhavnagar district, women and children have to travel 3 to 4 km to fetch water and in Ghogha, schools have to be closed.
From April to July, the government had to run 4,000 water tankers in 500 villages. This year too, the situation is acute with water shortage.
In Vadodara alone, water is used on an average by 40,000 fire brigade tankers and about 2 lakh 75 thousand private tankers a year. 5 lakh tanker water of fire brigade is required throughout Gujarat.
Attempts were made to develop local resources in 1970, with efforts to change the bulk water supply in 1990–99.
The water of Narmada reaches central Gujarat and the entire north Gujarat and Saurashtra is pumped up to 92 meters and transported to Rajkot.
Narmadana water pours water into the pond but about 40 to 50 percent water evaporates.
Gujarat gets 60 lakh 38 thousand acre feet water out of 90 lakh acres of water received from Narmada every year. In the Narmada project, we got about 9 million acre feet of water. 455 feet, which means that only 4.7 million acre feet of water would be available if the dam was completely filled. Like the rest of Bargi, Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh, we can get 9 million acre feet of water only when water comes from the dams built for electricity year after year. Instead of providing 17 lakh 92 thousand hectare water for irrigation, only one third of 6 lakh 40 thousand hectare has been given. 24 lakh 81 thousand acre feet of water is decreasing, which means that there is no account of it.
Out of 4.7 million feet, 1 million acre feet of water is reserved for industries and drinking.
13 cities and more than 14 thousand villages of Narmada in Gujarat Drink. The Narmada project has overcome the shortage of drinking water, but it is not a complete solution.
3.7 million acres of Narmada water is to be used for agriculture and to fill ponds or any other dimension. It has to undergo special tests.
Every year, pipelines are being laid for water. Water corruption money is flowing in the water pipeline.
The first number in the water management of Gujarat is given by the Central Government. But 23 percent of the population in the state of Gujarat does not even get drinking water.
The Narmada Water Grid has been developed by the state government to supply drinking water throughout Gujarat. The 2800 km long pipeline supplies an average of 300 million liters of water per day.
The Rupani and Modi governments are claiming that all 12,200 villages in the state are connected to the water grid.
Through this water grid, pure drinking water is being supplied to 200 out of 350 urban areas of Gujarat.
So far 16846 schemes have been completed by VASMO for water supply in villages at village level. In Gujarat, 77.5 percent of the population is being provided tap water at home.
22.50 percent of the population is thirsty for domestic drinking water. However, according to the GAG report, 50 percent of the villages do not have Narmada water.
A policy is also being made to purify and reuse waste water. By the year 2030, fully treated water will be reused in the state.
Thousands of kilometers of Narmada canal network is still under construction. (tranleted from Gujarati report from this w.site)