Rajkot, September 4: President Ramnath Kovind on Monday laid the foundation stone of ‘Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation Yojana’ (SAUNI) Phase-II Link-4 at Rajkot. On this occasion, President Kovind said that work carried out in Gujarat for taking overflowing Narmada water to the arid and drought prone areas should be implemented in the other states of the country.
Notably, President Ramnath Kovind is on his maiden visit to Gujarat after becoming the President and after laying the foundation stone of SAUNI project said that Gujarat is a trend setter in many social and economic schemes and became leading states in the country. “Many such schemes like soil health cards, micro irrigation etc successful in Gujarat are being implemented in other parts of the country,” the President added.
Earlier, President also went to Ghela Somnath- an ancient Shiv Temple near Jasdan for Darshan. President Kovind also offered floral tributes at the Mahatma Gandhi statue after visiting the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Later, on the day, President Kovind visited Mehsana and where he attended a programme at Simandhar Swami Jain Temple on the occasion of Guru Ashish Mahaparv and inaugurated several welfare programmes.
Interestingly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat launched the massive ‘Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation Yojana’ (SAUNI) project with an aim to fill up 115 major dams by diverting overflow of water from the Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada River. However, the SAUNI project will be completed in next two years at the cost of Rs.1500 crore. This project will provide irrigation to about 2 lakh hectares land and drinking water to the adjoining towns and villages.