RAJKOT: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first phase of SAUNI (Saurashtra Narmada Avataran for Irrigation) project in which almost 10 dams and supplies of Rajkot, Jamnagar and Morbi would be topped off with the water of Narmada river.

The Rs 12,000 crore project is thought to be an eager one for Modi, who had declared the project in 2012 when he was the chief minister of Gujarat, to top off about 115 dams of Saurashtra area which confronts deficiency of water for irrigation and drinking.

“Nearly ten dams of three districts would be filled up with water from Narmada under the project at Aji-3 dam site,” Rajkot district Collector Vikrant Pandey said.

BJP’s Saurashtra-Kutch spokesperson and vice chairman of Yatradham Vikas Board, Rajubhai Dhruve, said with the implementation of the project, the Saurashtra region would witness green revolution.

“This would probably be the first project in the country to be announced and implemented within four years,” Dhruve claimed.

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