Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the first phase of Saurashtra Narmada Avataran for Irrigation (SAUNI) project at Sanosara village near Dhroll in Gujarat’s Jamnagar district.
Ten dams and reservoirs of Rajkot, Jamnagar and Morbi would be filled up with the water of Narmada river under the project.
Modi, during his tenure as Gurajat CM, announced the project in 2012 to fill up nearly 115 dams of Saurashtra region which faces shortage of water for irrigation and drinking. The project cost Rs 12, 000 crore.
“Nearly 10 dams of three districts would be filled up with water from Narmada under the project, which would be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Aji-3 dam site,” Rajkot District Collector Vikrant Pandey said.
“Looking forward to being in Gujarat today for the launch of SAUNI Yojana. This scheme will truly benefit the people of Gujarat,” Modi tweeted earlier in the day.
The PM will address a public gathering at Sanosara after the inauguration.