President Ram Nath Kovind lays foundation stone SAUNI Scheme

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President Ramnath Kovind laid foundation stone for link-4 of Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation Scheme (SAUNI) Yojana in Rajkot district, Gujarat. SAUNI Yojana is multipurpose project that aims to solve water problems of parched Saurashtra region of Gujarat. Three phase of SAUNI yojana already have been dedicated to people following completion of work.

SAUNI project

SAUNI project was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat. It aims to fill up 115 major dams in Saurashtra by diverting overflow of water from Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada River. It is an out-and-out irrigation and drinking water project designed solely for Saurashtra peninsula.

Its unique feature involves making pipe canals instead of conventional open canals which has led to no acquisition of land and involve less loss of water. It has network of canals comprising 1,125-km network of pipelines that will help to channel water into farms.

Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation Yojana (Sauni Yojana): (New Item of 2013-14)
Saurashtra-Narmada Avataran Irrigation Yojana (Sauni Yojana) has been launched to divert one MAFt excess over flowing flood water of Narmada allocated to Saurashtra Region. The excess over flowing flood water of Narmada will be distributed to 115 reservoirs of eleven districts of Saurashtra through total 1126 km long four link pipelines benefitting 10,22,589 acre land. These links are
 
Link: 1 From Machhu-II dam of Morbi district to Sani Dam of Jamanagar District : Having carrying capacity of 1200 cusecs, 30 reservoirs of Rajkot, Morbi, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Jamanagar Districts will be filled and 2,02,100 acre area will be benefitted. The works for about 57.67 Km long pipeline of initial reach of this link are awarded and are under progress.
 
Link: 2 Limbdi Bhogavo-II Dam of Surendranagar District to Raidi Dam of Amreli District : having carrying capacity of 1050 cusecs, 17 reservoirs of Bhavnagar, Botad and Amreli Districts and area of 274700 acres will be benefitted. The works for about 51.28 Km long pipeline of initial reach of this link are awarded and are under progress.
 
Link: 3 From Dholidhaja Dam of Surendranagar District to Venu-I Dam of Rajkot District :having carrying capacity of 1200 cusecs, 28 reservoirs of Rajkot, Jamanagar, Dev bhoomi Dwarka, Porbandar, Morbi and Surendranagar Districts and 198067 acre area will be benefitted. The works for about 66.30 Km long pipeline of initial reach of this link are awarded and are under progress.
 
Link: 4 From Limbdi Bhogavo-II Dam of Surendranagar District to Hiran-II Irrigation scheme of Junagadh : having carrying capacity of 1200 cusecs , 40 reservoirs of Rajkot, Surendranagar, Junagadh, Porbandar, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Botad Districts and area of 3,47,722 acre will be benefitted. The works for about 54.70 Km long pipeline of initial reach of this link are awarded and are under progress.
 
Thus, under Sauni yojana, work of about 230 Km length of pipeline works are commenced since March 2014 and are under progress.