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Prime Minister Modi launches phase-I of SAUNI scheme

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Phase-1 (Link 2) of the ambitious Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (SAUNI) scheme being implemented in Gujarat.

The scheme envisages diversion of one million acre feet (1 MAF) water from Narmada dam to Saurashtra to distribute it to 115 reservoirs through a 1115-kilometer long network of giant pipelines. The water will irrigate 1.8 million hectare of land, mainly in Saurashtra, Kutch and north Gujarat regions and benefit thousands of farmers in the regions.

Prime Minister Modi on April 17 also laid the foundation stone of Phase 2 (Link 2) of the SAUNI scheme at Botad in Gujarat. Part of the project is being executed by Gurgaon-based water infrastructure developer SPML Infra Ltd.

The scheme also envisages supply of irrigation water to 2.46 lakh hectares in drought-prone Barmer and Jalore districts in Rajasthan and some parts of Maharashtra, besides generating hydropower.

The project is also expected to help solve drinking water scarcity of 132 towns and 11,456 villages in the Saurashtra, Kutch, North Gujarat, Panchmahal and Ahmedabad regions.

About 1,650 million litre per day (MLD) of potable water is supplied to 39 million people across these regions.

SPML Infra Ltd's scope of work comprises construction of pumping stations with capacity of 13,475 M3/hr with 30 meters head besides supply and laying of 20.47 kms twin MS pipeline (total pipe laying 40.95 Kms) of 3000 mm diameter with 17.5 mm thickness with external 3LPE coating & internal food grade epoxy coating.

The company is also responsible for setting up 66Kv switch yard and SCADA system and allied works along with operation and maintenance (O&M) for 10 years.

SPML Infra Chairman Subhash Sethi said the company was feeling proud that it has been a trusted partner in this futuristic mega irrigation project. "It is one of the largest engineering interventions that have helped Government of Gujarat to provide irrigation and drinking water facilities to millions of people across Saurashtra-Kutch region. The adequate supply of water for irrigation has enriched the crop yield making farmers happy and attracting investment for setting up industries in the region", Sethi added.

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