[:en]Water Resources Development issue in Gujarat [:]

[:en]The ultimate irrigation potential through the surface water is assessed at 47 lakh hectares which includes 18 lakh hectares through Sardar Sarovar (Narmada) Project. Similarly, in respect of ground water resources, it is estimated that about 22.59 lakh hectares can be irrigated. Thus total ultimate irrigation potential through surface & ground water is estimated to be 71 lakh hectares. The total irrigation potential of surface water created upto June-2019(P) works out to 96 percent of ultimate irrigation potential whereas maximum utilization works out to 83% of the irrigation potential created.

As on 31st December, 2019, the gross water storage in the reservoirs is 13575.25 million cubic metres, which is 86.11 percent against the total storage capacity.

At present 13172 villages are connected through Water Grid. During the year 2019 – 20 total 50 major rural regional water supply schemes covering 3551 villages and 29 urban areas estimating to Rs.4196
crore are under progress out of which 5 schemes covering 392 villages at the expenditure of Rs. 167 crore are completed.

The ultimate irrigation potential through the surface water is assessed at 48.68 lakh hectares which includes 17.92 lakh hectares through Sardar Sarovar (Narmada) Project. Similarly, in respect of ground water resources, it is estimated that about 22.59 lakh hectares can be irrigated. Thus total ultimate irrigation potential through surface & ground water is estimated to be 71.27 lakh hectares.

Under Sardar Patel Participatory Water Conservation Scheme, it is decided to carried out work of check dam through tendering from the date 03/ 09/2013. Upto October-2019, 93464 check dams have been constructed by Water Resource Department. While, 75936 check dams have been constructed by different departments. Thus, upto October-2019, total 169400 small and big check dams have been constructed in Gujarat State.

The work for deepening of 27773 ponds were completed by the W.R.W.S., G.L.D.C & Gujarat Municipal Financial Corporation upto October-2017. Moreover, the work of deepening of 4096 tanks are completed under Sujalam Sufalam Jal Abhiyan-2018 and the deepening of 4562 tanks are completed upto June-2019 under Sujalam Sufalam Jal Abhiyan 2019.

The work of 332 km. long Sujalam Suflam Spreading Canal Passing through eight districts of the state is completed (except some additional structures as per requirement of local people). The surplus water of Kadana Dam and Narmada Main Canal has been flown in this canal. This resulted in direct or indirect irrigation benefits to thousands of farmers and ground water has been recharged.[:]