Ahmedabad, April 8: The state government on Friday declared 18 villages of parched Saurashtra region as 'scarcity-hit'. Notably, all the 18 villages were declared 'scarcity-hit' due to a shortage of water caused by deficient rainfall in the region during the last monsoon.
Among 18 villages, a dozen villages fall under Chotila taluka of Surendranagar district and the rest are in Vinchhiya taluka of Rajkot district. In order to provide a quick relief to affected areas, Revenue Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama took a high-level meeting and asked all the officials to take appropriate action.
During the meeting, Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama decided to provide cattle feed (grass) at a subsidised rate of just Rs 2 per kg in 566 villages, including those declared scarcity-affected, in Saurashtra and Kutch regions. Chudasama further said that the administration is fully prepared to deal with any situation arising out of water scarcity.
Notably, the state currently has a stock of around 4.11 crore kg of grass. 70 villages and 28 other localities across Gujarat have been provided water through tankers. Interestingly, small, medium and large dams in Gujarat, numbering 204, currently have 12,171 million cubic meters of water in them, which is 57.85 percent of their actual storage capacity. These include the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river.