Gandhinagar, 16 March 2020
Devbhumi Dwarka district has an increasing amount of alkaline salts per day in the coastal land. Salinity has been reported in 63,391 hectares in Jamnagar district and 1,25,000 hectares (1250 sq km) in Devbhumi Dwarka district. Dwarka District is 4051 sq. Km. Of this, 1250 sq. Km of land has been salvaged. 31 percent of the soil is saline. In Kutch district, 36.92% of such land is due to desert. Thus Dwarka is now turning into a desert.
A desert like Kutch
The rising salinity has become a concern for the government, including farmers in Jamnagar district. Dwarka district is the largest salt land after Kutch.
In Jamnagar and Dwarka together, 1.55 lakh hectares of saline land was in 2005-06. It has now grown to 1,88,391 hectares. Only 1.25 lakh hectares of land has been salvaged in Dwarka.
The villages of the talukas are suffering
Devbhumi Dwarka District was formed on August 15, 2013. The district was separated from Jamnagar district. Devbhumi Dwarka district has a population of 8 lakhs. The area is 4051 square km.
Out of 66 villages of 1412 sq km of Kalyanpur taluka, 12 villages of land and 717 sq km area of Okha Mandal are getting a lot of saline area, there is a lot of saline land from 45 villages. A total of 1190 sq km of khambhalia is saline.
Mine mafias responsible
The reason behind the saline soil is the excavation of stone, sand and raw coal mines. Here cement companies are illegally digging mines. Mine mafias are digging coal. So the soil is becoming salty. People say that since Lord Krishna migrated with his family from here, there has been a natural disaster in this area. The salty soil is growing by nature and human.
There is a worrying increase in the proportion of salts in the coastal land of Dwarka. This has created a risk on groundwater. Land is becoming barren due to sea salinity.
The Gujarat government is hiding something
About 63391 hectares of land in Jamnagar district has become drought-prone. Raising the issue of coastal land in Jamnagar district, the Union Forest and Environment Minister, in the Lok Sabha, had acknowledged how much of the coastal land was saline in Gujarat. Its data is not available. But the Gujarat government has proposed financial assistance to the central government to prevent salinity in the land. It states that rising salinity is also damaging groundwater.
Government scheme failed
Gujarat government has set up Bad Bandar Yojana, Haryana Banghara Yojana, Balambha Bandara Yojana and Radial Canal connecting the dam along the Dams along the Daryakanta to prevent sea salinity in Jamnagar district. After Kutch, land is the largest salt in Krishna Dwarka in the country.
Dwarka like Kutch
In Kutch, 16.85 lakh hectares of land was deserted in 2006-7, which is 14.59 lakh hectares in 2015-16. Thus, 2.26 lakh hectares of land has fallen in Kutch. 5 lakh hectares of land has been reduced to 50% of the land of Kutch.
What in the state
The 26 lakh hectares of desolate wasteland and non-cultivable land in 2005-06 has been reduced to 21 lakh hectares in 10 years. 13.80% of the land in Gujarat is deserted and deserted. In Kutch district, 36.92% of such land is due to desert. In Surendranagar, over 1.55 lakh hectares and Bhavnagar due to beaches in the desert, Jamnagar-Devbhumi Dwarka and more than 10 percent of the land in these 3 districts are saline. In the rest of the district, less than 10 per cent of the land is barren. It is recommended to set up industries only on such land. In Gujarat, the use of such barren wasteland and cultivable land is considered to be a good sign. 89 thousand hectares of land is deserted in Surendranagar.