Dry spell continues: Gujarat CM orders launch of water from dams to save lots of crops

As lull within the monsoon rain is getting stretched with each passing day, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani Tuesday determined to instantly launch water from dams or reservoirs for irrigation objective to save lots of standing crops within the state, mentioned an official launch. The CM has ordered the discharge of the water whereas reserving the water inventory for consuming objective in dams or reservoirs for the interval as much as September, the discharge added.

The launch mentioned that the CM has taken the “sensitive” choice within the curiosity of farmers to save lots of their standing crops owing to stretching dry spell in monsoon.

“While reserving the water stock for drinking purpose in dams/reservoirs for the period upto September 30, the CM has given instructions to water resources department to release remaining water with immediate effect to save standing crop of farmers,” it mentioned.

As per the discharge, 5 lakh hectare land of the state authorities can be benefitted by this choice.

It added that out of the 141 dams of Suarashtra, the water for irrigation objective can be given from 88 dams catering to 60,000 hectare land. In North Gujarat, water can be given from Dharoi dam protecting 15,000 hectare land.

In Central Gujarat, Mahi river’s command space can be offered 6,000 cusec water from Kadana reservoir. Also, water can be offered to irrigate 2.10 lakh hectare land from 11 reservoirs together with Panam. In South Gujarat, 1.10 lakh hectare land will get water for irrigation from six reservoirs of the area. Owing to the stretched dry spell within the state throughout peak monsoon season, plenty of farmers are frightened whilst dams and groundwater assets haven’t been replenished to irrigate their crops.

The storage capability of dams in Gujarat can also be lower than the corresponding determine of final 12 months. Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel too has earlier this month expressed concern over the lull in rain through the monsoon season and fewer water stage in Sardar Sarovar or Narmada dam which is the primary supply of water for Gujarat.

In July, the CM had determined to offer electrical energy to agriculturists for 2 extra hours whereas making it accessible to them for 10 hours as a substitute of eight hours.

Meanwhile, the Weather Watch Group of the state authorities Tuesday organized a webinar. It was held beneath the management of Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Kamal Dayani and Relief Commissioner Ardra Agarwal. Giving particulars of the webinar, an official launch mentioned that until August 10 this 12 months, Gujarat has witnessed 305 mm rain which is 36.31% of the typical of previous 30 years (840 mm). Quoting official of IMD, the discharge mentioned that in coming days there’s chance of sunshine to average rain in South Gujarat. It additionally said that the dams of Gujarat have presently 48.26% water storage of its complete water storage capability.

The webinar was attended by officers of varied departments and organisations of the state.


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