Prime Minister praises L&T's project team for Gujarat irrigation project
Now 75,000 farmers in 57 villages spread over 17,158 hectares in Rajkot district , Gujarat, will get consistent water supply, beefing up food security. Thanks to the irrigation system constructed by L&T and inaugurated by the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi.
The momentous inauguration took place on 27 July at Rajkot’s Racecourse Ground. It was attended by, among others, the Union Minister of Civil Aviation and Steel Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia and the Chief Minister of Gujarat Mr Bhupendra Patel.
The irrigation system has been executed by the Large Water Systems Business Unit of L&T’s Water & Effluent Treatment vertical. This is part of the Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (SAUNI) project which was launched by the Prime Minister to fill 115 major dams by diverting the overflowing floodwaters from the Sardar Sarovar Dam across the Narmada to the drought-prone areas of Saurashtra. It acts as a ‘linking’ project, filling irrigation dams that are already equipped with canal networks.
L&T undertook the Link 3 Package 8 of the SAUNI project on 8 January 2021 and completed on 30 June 2023. It involved engineering, procurement and construction for supplying, lowering, laying and jointing 2500 mm dia (ID) 14 mm thick mild steel pipeline 32.56 km long from the delivery chamber of SAUNI Yojana Link 3 package 5 near Gundasara village to the Bhadar-1 reservoir. The scope included all allied works, along with operation and maintenance for 10 years.
Speaking at the inauguration, the Prime Minister praised the project team and expressed delight at the fact that so many villages and such a large number of people would benefit from this irrigation system.