Articles tagged under: Drought

Govt shares figures of urban water supply in Saurashtra

May 24, 2013

Gandhinagar, 24 May 2013 According to Gujarat government's Water Supply Board member secretary Shri MaheshSinh, Rajkot should get 7.5 crore liter water as per the rule, but it is supplied 15 crore liter water every day. Added to this, 2-3 crore liter more water will be supplied to Rajkot. Narmada water supplied to urban areas of Saurashtra and Kutch has been doubled to 40 crore liter instead of 20 crore liter earlier. Jamnagar was supplied 2.5 to 3.00 c...Read More

GWSSB dials Sarpanchs to get feedback on water supply

May 08, 2013

Gandhinagar, 8 May 2013 In a unique attempt to know the real situation of water supply on the ground in Saurashtra and Kutch, the Gujarat Water Supply And Sewerage Board (GWSSB) contacted Sarpanchs of each village. Out of 5588 villages, sarpanchs of 4201 villages were contacted on phone, while sarpanchs of other villages could not be contacted. GWSSB received good response from Sarpanchs. GWSSB moved four different teams to go directly to the villages that had water supply r...Read More

Decisions taken in a meeting of group of ministers on scarcity relief today

April 04, 2013

Gandhinagar, 4 April 2013 A meeting to take important decisions on scarcity relief was held in Gandhinagar today afternoon under the leadership of Finance Minister Shri Nitin Patel. The meeting was attended by ministers of Revenue, Rural development, Power, Water supply, Agriculture, Forest departments among others. The meeting discussed the actions to be taken in 3918 villages of 10 district's 69 talukas that are declared fully/partially scarcity affected. Following are t...Read More

Water scarcity? Here is what Congress can do

April 01, 2013

Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh By our correspondent, New Delhi, 1 April 2013 While Gujarat Congress is involved in a fight with the ruling BJP government over the issue of water, here is an important piece of information. As many as 79 proposals in the state of Gujarat are pending with the Railways for their clearance for crossings of railway tracks for various water supply projects. In a reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Mi...Read More

Gujarat Congress to hold Jal Adhikar Yatra from 10 April from Dwarka(Video of protest rally in Gandhinagar)

April 01, 2013

By our correspondent, Gandhinagar, 1 April 2013 Gujarat Congress will start a Jal Adhikar Yatra from 10 April from Dwarka in Saurashtra. The yatra will be welcomed by women with empty water buckets at various places. This detail was shared by leader of opposition Shri Shankersinh Vaghela at a farmers maha sammelan in Gandhinagar today afternoon. Vaghela said the yatra will be launched against state government's inability to supply water to drought affected areas of Gujarat...Read More

News in brief from across Gujarat

March 30, 2013

Ahmedabad, 30 March 2013 -4.5 intensity tremor was felt today in Kutch district of Gujarat in Bhachau/Rapar belt. No casualty or damage is reported. Some prominent TV channels are claiming to have the details of new team of BJP President Rajnath Singh. According to the reports, Rajnath may announce his new top team today evening or tomorrow morning. Amit Shah is new General Secretary of the party along with Varun Gandhi, Uma Bharti, Prabhat Jha, while Narendra Modi has bee...Read More

Water crisis badly affecting fisheries in Saurashtra

March 28, 2013

Anil Pathak, Gandhinagar, 28 March 2013 With the drying up of at-least 180 small and big dams in Saurashtra region the inland farming of fisheries has run into trouble and more than 20,000 fishermen dependent on fisheries have urged the state government to announce relief measures for them. Sources in the fisheries department said that big dams like Bhadar , Machhu Aaji in Rajkot district while Sasoi in Jamnagar district and Kalubhar in Bhavnagar district have dried up and...Read More

Gujarat assembly:Congress MLAs suspended from the house for a day

March 26, 2013

By our correspondent, Gandhinagar, 26 March 2012 All Congress MLAs were suspended from the house on Tuesday, after they shouted slogans and rushed to the well, demanding discussion on water and fodder issues in the Gujarat assembly today. During the question hour, Leader of opposition Shankersinh Vaghela sought discussion on drinking water and fodder situation in the state, however his demand was turned down. In reaction to this, Congress MLAs stood up and started shoutin...Read More

939 villages fully, 2979 villages partially hit by drought crisis in Gujarat

March 26, 2013

By our correspondent, Gandhinagar, 26 March 2012 939 villages of 10 districts and 69 talukas of north Gujarat, Kutch and Saurashtra are drought affected while 2979 are partially drought-hit. State Revenue Minister shared this detail in Gujarat assembly today. She said the villages are declared drought-hit due to failure of Kharif crops and water scarcity. According to the minister, relief works will be started in four thousand villages soon. Relief works will involve fores...Read More

For 2013, keep fingers crossed, and do pray!

March 25, 2013

By Japan K Pathak, Ahmedabad, 25 March 2013 While majority of dams in Saurashtra have become open grounds, and ensuring only drinking water has been the main priority for the government and the people in most of the areas of Gujarat, the below 50% sowing of summer crops is not unexpected. The situation nationwide is not good either. In such circumstances, food inflation may only go up further. According to state Agriculture department, by 18 March, only 44% of normal sowin...Read More