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Funds for Gujarat's Sauni project not stalled, claims Centre

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

The Centre today said it has given an in-principle approval to government's ambitious Sauni irrigation project after the state authorities submitted a detailed compliance report.

The clarification, issued by the PIB today, came days after senior leader Ahmed Patel had claimed that Modi-led refused funds for Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (Sauni) Project of

On May 13, Patel tweeted that in should explain reasons for Centre's decision to deny funds.

"Why has Centre rejected funds for Gujarat's Sauni project? Isn't it an injustice to the state or the people were being sold unfeasible dreams?" Patel asked.

Today, a statement by the PIB clarified that the phase-II of the project has already been granted approval.

"The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has conveyed its 'in-principle' approval for Sauni-II project to the Department of Economic Affairs, of India in October, 2016," said the statement.

As a standing procedure, all major and medium irrigation projects are required to undergo technical evaluation by Central Water Commission (CWC) and that states should submit a compliance report on the observations of CWC, said the PIB release.

"In the case of Sauni-II project, CWC had made certain observations on the preliminary project report submitted by Gujarat government," said the release.

"The state government has since submitted a detailed compliance report, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has recommended the Project to the Department of Economic Affairs, Government of India, for obtaining external assistance" the release added.

Modi, when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, conceived the ambitious project, which is divided in four phases.

Under this project, the state government plans to fill 115 dams of Saurashtra region with excess overflowing water of Sardar Sarovar dam across river Narmada, by a web of pipeline network.

Last month, Modi visited Botad town to dedicate phase I of link-II pipeline canal of Sauni project and lay foundation stone for the phase II of link II of the project for Botad and Bhavnagar districts.

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First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 20:42 IST