Ahmedabad: Gujarat government will implement on "war footing" a contingency master plan of Rs 134 crore to provide water to parched Saurashtra and Kutch regions.
    
"After reviewing the situation created because of the deficient rain in the Saurashtra and Kutch regions, the government has decided to implement a contingency master plan of Rs 133.74 crore on the war footing," state Finance Minister Nitin Patel said in a statement here on Thursday.
    
The state Cabinet in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Narendra Modi also resolved to prioritise the completion of construction work of all the canals connected to the Narmada project, he said.
    
Patel said the state government over last six months increased the water supply from 80 crore litres to 120 litres for scarcity-hit Saurashtra and Kutch regions, and a total of 5,588 villages and 79 cities in those areas have been provided 140 crore litres of water.
    
"Not only this but the state government has also made arrangement to supply water to 523 villages through tankers," the minister said.
    
Grappling with the scarcity, the government has also increased the daily supply of water in Rajkot, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Junagadh and Amreli.
    
According to the government, 90 villages under Dhari, Sawarkundla and Rajula talukas in Amreli - the worst affected area in Saurashtra - have started receiving water from Narmada river through canal.

(Agencies)

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