Congress on Friday defeated the BJP for “not bringing Narmada water to the farmers” despite the state’s decision for 22 years, saying that the “criminal negligence” of the ruling party was only ” a fraction of the proposed network of canals was constructed. This, said the opposition, resulted in an annual loss of Rs 1 lakh crore to farmers in terms of loss of agricultural production.
Speaking at a press conference, state congressman Bharatsinh Solanki and party spokesman Shaktisinh Gohil said the Narmada project was scheduled to irrigate 19 hectares of lakh land. “But only 3.70 lakh hectares of land have been covered … Although the BJP says the project is over, only 18,000 km of the total of 43,000 km of canals have been built. Instead of blaming Congress for the delay, the BJP should be held responsible for this. ”
“If we are voted for power, we will undertake work as a priority by allocating a separate fund for the construction of the remaining channel network,” Solanki said.
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The Congress also resigned heavily from the BJP government for organizing the “Narmada Mahotsava Yatra”, claiming that such a yatra aims to appease angry farmers and tribes who have not benefited from the benefits of the Sardar Sarovar dam.
“People do not want such yatras, they want water … The yatra faces the protest because people do not get water.” Tribes living along the Narmada Canal do not get water water for irrigation. “If the BJP government wanted, it could have supplied them with water through lifting canals,” they said.
In return for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claims, it was because of his efforts that the Narmada dam had been completed, Solanki said that the dam was designed by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in 1946 when Modi was not even born and that its foundation was laid by Prime Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961.
“When the Congress ruled on the state, we never used the problem for voting, and the work on the dam was blocked until 1987 because of the environmental releases.” Rajiv Gandhi by releasing 4,166 hectares of forest land that paved the way for construction. When the World Bank, under pressure from global environmentalists, refused to finance the project, the Chief Minister of the Congress mobilized local resources by issuing a guarantee from Narmada to raise funds for the project, “Gohil said, adding that 90 percent of the canals were built during the Congress Rule.
“Increasing the height of the dam will only help generate more hydroelectric power. But Gujarat, under the agreement, did not participate. The power generated will go to Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Gujarat will only receive 9 million acres of water, but a large part of the Arabian Sea is in the absence of canals … Any authorization concerning the dam is given by the Tribunal de Narmada, Narmada Control Authority (NCA) and the Prime Minister did not have in this role because he is not even a member of the NCA. Therefore, Modi asking the closure of the dam doors is absurd, “said Gohil ….