Vibrant Gujarat? Half of state is battling drought

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    Vibrant Gujarat? Half of state is battling drought
    Mahesh Langa , Hindustan Times Ahmedabad, April 10, 2013

    If Maharashtra is facing its worst drought in 40 years, can neighbouring Gujarat be far behind?

    The impending crisis — which has hit three of Gujarat’s six regions, Saurashtra, Kutch and north Gujarat — was obvious since December but it had managed to elude the eyes of the state government.

    And now, while chief minister Narendra Modi is busy selling his development model across the country, at home, thousands are walking miles under the scorching sun to get water to drink.

    Around 250 dams in Saurashtra and Kutch are dry or about to go dry. The scarcity has hit more than 4,000 villages and nearly 100 towns.



    On March 26, revenue minister Anandiben Patel said 3,918 villages across 10 districts (out of 26 districts) had been declared “scarcity hit”.

    The government, Patel said, would supply water tankers and the forest department would provide subsidised fodder. But it was a case of too little, too late.

    In most of the drought-hit areas, people don’t get water even once a week.

    Saurashtra’s Amreli town gets a one-hour supply of water once a fortnight. Botad and Ghogha towns in Bhavnagar get water once in 20 days.

    Over the last 20 days, bandhs were observed in Amreli and Junagadh. At the end of March, the BJP legislator from Junagadh, Mahendra Mashru, held a five-day fast.

    “For four months, parts of Rajkot city have been facing acute shortage,” said a local, Bhavesh Boricha. The main sources for water are the Aji and Nyari dams, which are almost empty.

    “All dams in Amreli district are empty as well. We use bullock carts to bring water from my field, which is 5 km from the town,” said Bipin Radadia, a resident of Babra village of Amreli district.

    The situation is worse in rural areas. Farmers and cattle breeders of Saurashtra and Kutch are moving to south Gujarat.

    “There was scanty rainfall last year and the crisis was looming since December,” said former chief minister Keshubhai Patel.

    A senior official in the state secretariat, however, said the crisis was as much man-made as natural. “Just before the assembly polls, the CM had inaugurated the Navda Botad Narmada pipeline project for Bhavnagar, but not a drop of water reached, since the pipeline is only half finished,” he said.

    The opposition Congress has lost no time in picking up the issue.

    On April 10, a Jal Yatra is to be launched from Dwarka in Jamnagar district.

    “Instead of providing water, the chief minister is lecturing people on development and good governance,” said Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil.

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    Centre approves Rs 864.71 crore for drought relief in Gujarat

    New Delhi, 13 March 2013

    Last week we published this article on DeshGujarat:It’s official: Centre gives Rs 778.09 crore for drought relief to Maharashtra, but not a single pie to Gujarat .There’s fresh development in this regard, and the central government has today given approval to Rs 864.71 crore drought aid for Gujarat.

    The central government today approved Rs 864.71 crore to Gujarat from National Disaster Resposne Fund(NDRF). This announcement was made by Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar along with the announcements for other states including Maharashra and Kerala.

    Inter-Ministeraial Teams(IMCTs) had visited Gujarat to asses loss/damage to Kharif crops last year and had proposed Rs 864.71 crore for the state.

    In second week of January this year, the high-level committee led by Maharashtra politician and Union minister Sharad Pawar for central assistance to states affected by natural calamity approved assistance of Rs 526.06 crore to Karnataka and Rs 778.09 crore to Maharashtra.

    The committee met again today and approved fresh aid of over Rs 1200 crore for Maharashtra. Pending approvals of other states including Gujarat were also cleared today.

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    Gujarat drought: Afflicted farmers expecting 'no financial help' from government
    DNA | Apr 08, 2013, 05:45AM IST

    Ahmedabad: Farmers in drought-hit regions of Gujarat are not optimistic about getting the insurance money they are entitled to, despite the state government’s assurance that it is working on expediting its payment. The farmers’ argument is that insurance rules are so convoluted that it is better to forget the money than run from one office to another without any hope of payment.

    It may be recalled that on March 26, the state government had finally accepted that around 4,000 villages of the state — most of them in Saurashtra region — were drought affected. It had also stated that it was working on the process of paying the farmers the insurance money as quickly as possible. Two days later, the government further announced that it would waive its share of the interest payable on loans of up to Rs 3 lakh taken by farmers.

    The plight of the drought-affected farmers would be considerably reduced if they are actually paid the Rs1400 crore to Rs1600 crore the state and the central governments owe them as insurance money for crop failure in 2012. However, most farmers are pessimistic about ever getting the money.

    Incidentally, the over Rs1400 crore insurance money that has to be paid to the farmers is the highest ever for the state’s agriculturists.

    Lakhs of farmers in the state had opted for crop insurance while taking loans or, had paid crores of rupees as premium as individual buyers of crop insurance. Yet very few farmers actually expect the insurance money to be actually paid to them. They say that the government norms are complicated in all districts and those of insurance companies are no less taxing.

    Dr BR Shah, director, state Agriculture Department, said that the government had conducted a survey to assess the losses suffered by the state’s farmers due to the 2012 drought. Also, the famers’ applications had been sent to the insurance company which was scrutinizing them, he added.

    Shah further said that according to a preliminary assessment, the state government will have to pay between Rs700 to Rs800 crore as crop insurance and the central government will also have to contribute the same amount.

    The farmers, however, do not share the government’s optimism and are sure that the money won’t reach them. “It is delivered only to those farmers who can ‘manage’ the paperwork,” said Magan Patel, president of the Gujarat unit of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh.

    He alleged that there is a nexus between the insurance companies and local government officials like talatis and mamlatdars.

    “The local officials give the insurance benefits only to farmers who have ‘managed’ documents and not to genuine victims,” alleged Patel.

    He further said that the state government doesn’t have a proper policy for distribution of crop insurance money in different regions of the state.

    “As rainfall is not uniform throughout the state, a uniform policy on insurance payments cannot work in favour of farmers,” Patel said.

    Farmer and activist Barat Jhala said that even farmers who had paid the premium for crop insurance are struggling to get loans. “Just imagine the plight of farmers who did not insure their crops and had suffered crop failure,” Jhala said.

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    Am sure Congress is leading the way in Maharashtra oh no its coalition party leader was talking about pissing in dam
     
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    well at least they are moving forward not like kongress just bla bla nothing work.
     
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    Maharastra's drought is man made where the water is funneled to the industry to include agro industry.

    Sugar cooperatives are controlled by the Pawars and so is the grape industry, if I am not wrong.

    The priority in Maharastra as per Govt policy for water is Industry and drinking water I believe is no 5 in priority!

    Notwithstanding, it be worthwhile to ask Modi as to why Gujarat is having a drought, though I believe that the Narmada is the only source of water when the weather leads to every water source going dry.

    Saurashtra, Kutch and north Gujarat has always been drought prone. Nothing new, but then what is being done to see that this does not happen without good cause?
     
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    Rather than bringing in Ajit Pawar's insensitive remarks. Lets have an objective debate on this. NCP's Pawar is not projecting himself as a PM nor a development messiah.

    Its ironical that Modi is on a Pan-India tour to sell Gujarat Governance and Development model whilst his state is battling drought.
     
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    to be honest Mumbai, Thane etc western mah. will suffer the worst come in next 2 hot & dry months......Rajasthan is also no exception......people should not do politics but should co-ordinate on how to face hottest months...we are not North African tribals who remove sabers and swords over water...........
     
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    Water supply to Saurashtra, Kutch hiked by 50%, says govt
    TNN | Apr 11, 2013, 02.59 AM IST

    GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat government has decided to increase water supply through the Narmada canal-based pipelines, from 80-crorelitres to 120-crorelitres per day, in the wake of water scarcity in Saurashtra and Kutch.

    This was decided by the state cabinet at its meeting on Wednesday which was chaired by chief minister Narendra Modi. A government spokesperson said water is being supplied through tankers to 523 villages even as a Rs 133.74-crore contingency masterplan has been prepared for implementation in villages likely to face shortages in the coming days.

    The meeting reviewed the water supply and distribution system from all sources, including Narmada canal-based pipelines, and asked district authorities to complete pending works on a war-footing.


    Government spokespersons Nitin Patel and Saurabh Patel, along with water supply minister Babu Bokhiria, claimed that no sooner had the newly elected government come to power than every possible step was taken to mitigate the situation and collectors were asked to prepare urgent contingency masterplans. Rather, the plans were prepared despite the election code of conduct being in force.

    It was disclosed that 287 tubewells have been sunk, including 21 in the last week, taking their number to 677 in drought-hit villages. In all, 42 rigs are in operation in the state, including 22 in Saurashtra and Kutch. There are 1,33,757 hand pumps across the state, including 1,662 installed in the last week, while 184 teams are busy repairing those that are out of order.

    The ministers identified Malia-Morbi-Hirapar, Navda-Vallabhipur, Navda-Botad and Kutch sections as top priority areas under the Narmada canal-based pipeline supply where carrying capacity has been increased by 125%. They said the daily water supply to major towns in the region has been increased.

    It was related that work on the 51-km long Shetrunji dam to Bhavnagar pipeline is in progress. Narmada water is nearing drought-hit villages in Dhari, Savarkundla and Rajula talukas in Amreli district and also in Panch Devda, Khambhalia, Kalyanpur, Okhamandal, Bhanwad, Jamjodhpur and Lalpur talukas in Jamnagar district.

    The government has claimed that Narmada water pipeline project has been completed for 118 villages in Porbandar district. Water supply has begun in Keshod, Manavadar, Batva, Chorwad and Junagadh towns.

    On the administrative front, a new zonal office has been created at Junagadh and 100 engineers have been appointed to various posts in Saurashtra while 18 geologist-hydrologists are busy pinpointing sites for bore wells.

    Water supply to Saurashtra, Kutch hiked by 50%, says govt - The Times of India
     
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    Drought is not within human control its a global phenomena to attribute this to Modi is delusion,if Congress is doing better in terms of water management let's hear them out.

    I never heard RG or Italian godmother even touch this topic :)
     
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    Please read my post.

    I am not blaming drought on Modi, but what is he doing re:drought and what has he done re:drought. I don't care whether Congress Leadership has talked about or not. That is a separate topic. Thanks.
     
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    I did not get this impression namely because of this part "Its ironical that Modi is on a Pan-India tour to sell Gujarat Governance and Development model whilst his state is battling drought. "
     
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    I hope my second post, has given you a better second impression.
    If you have nothing to add, except criticize Gandhi family, then please goto some other thread.
     
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    I hope modi would tackle this problem and would shut up the face of e-negra wallas
     
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    So I hoped you read my first post the criticism was in due to this part “Instead of providing water, the chief minister is lecturing people on development and good governance,” said Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil. "

    Atleast Modi is the first leader in India who in his speech talks about water management others are utterly clueless about it.
     
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    This is one problem area & it being worked upon but to solve this overnight solution can not be developed. I am hopeful the govt. will come out with very good solution to justify their credibility.

    At least in Gujarat leaders do not fanatsize solutions like to do irrigation with their urination.

    PS: HT the source of the news is Congress's unofficial mouthpiece.
     
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    @Black Cats has given a string of media reports, which just cannot be expected to be objective.

    North Guj, Suarashtra, Kutch etc are perpectually drought prone. They are arid regions. If reservoirs are EMPTY, from where the water can be brought, given that Centre and SC are seeing to it that Sardar Sarovar Project is delayed to the extent possible. It is already a scandal that the dam is not upto the design, while it could have been years ago.

    @Singh #7 Why is incumbent only on Modi act, just because he is being projcted as a candidate? What is the allegedly real PM doing about Rajdharma? But at least Modi is not threatening to supply piss in lieu of water.

    @Allaudin #8 Year after year we see a serial called Mumbai has short or no water.

    @iNDiAN.96 #9

    @Black Cats is colour blind and did not see it.

    @JBH22 #10

    Most of media and a few members are actually blaming Modi for the drought.


    @Singh #11

    You have in fact blamed Modi for the drought. You expect Modi to talk about it, why not Cong leaders like pappu? Oh, I see. Pappu has power with accountability.

    Of course you are innocent about water conservation measures initiated by Modi. Even NDTV was forced to admit that water table in Gujarat had actually risen in INSPITE of the drought. Is that nothing?

    For your education drought does not mean NO RAINS. Means severely short rain fall.
     
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    Drinking water is available to almost all places but people want daily supply and congress wants 2 times a day supply. That's not possible. Situation isn't as bad as it's portrayed. You can see the title "vibrant Gujarat ? " It's just another hype.
     
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    Ground conditions in Gujarat are far harsher compared to Maha. Suarashtra and Kutch, due to orographic conditions anyway receive far less RF than any region of Maha. Taking canals to those places too is not easy. But then if Sardar Sarovar mein adanga lagega, what will be the big use of canals even?

    It is educative to see how Indira Gandhi Canal has supplied drinking water through pipes. Same thing is there in Saurashtra/Kutch. You have to see with your eyes, not like a tourist with with a view to assess with cold objectivity.
     
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    I have one Q.

    Narmada is only "perennial" river in gujarat. But narmada mainly flows in MP. Doesn't MP have water needs or is it MP has more water than needed from narmada?? If gujarat is taking narmada water to saurashtra, kutch etc apart from providing water to industries and farms in south gujarat, it seems gujarat is getting more water than MP?? Basically how is MP - gujarat relations in sharing water.
    EDIT: This is not to flame bait a war of words between MP and gujarat, i just want to know how is relation between MP-gujarat.
     

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