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The External Assistance Directorate of the CWC claimed that a section of the press had incorrectly reported the matter.
The CWC said the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has conveyed its 'in-principle' approval of the SAUNI-II Project to the Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India in October, 2016.
Elaborating on the facts, the CWC said as a standard operating procedure, all major and medium irrigation projects are required to undergo technical evaluation by the CWC and that states should submit a compliance report on the observations of the CWC.
"This is a continuous, consultative process, which is taken both at the Preliminary Project Report (PPR) and Detailed Project Report (DPR) stages," the CWC said in a statement.
"The State Government has since submitted a detailed compliance report and the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has recommended the SAUNI-II Project to the Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India, for obtaining external assistance," it added.
It may be mentioned that SAUNI is a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Prime Minister had inaugurated the first phase of SAUNI at Aji-3 Dam near Rajkot on August 30, 2016.
Again, on April 17 this year, Prime Minister Modi dedicated to the nation Phase-1 (Link 2) of SAUNI project at Botad. Here, he also laid the foundation stone of Phase 2 (Link 2) of the project.
SAUNI is an ambitious plan to fill 115 reservoirs in water-scarce Saurashtra with waters of overflowing Narmada.
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