Rs.3,000-cr Bhadbhut weir on Narmada to supply water to Bharuch: Rupani

Gandhinagar: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on June 6 laid the foundation stone of the Rs.8-crore jetty to be built at Luvara near Dahej for the benefit of about one lakh pilgrims performing ‘Narmada Parikrama’ every year.
Speaking on the occasion, he said the jetty to be built by Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) is scheduled to be ready in a year. He said the Rs.597-cr Dahej-Ghogha Ro-Ro ferry service across the Gulf of Khambhat is also expected to start in a year. It will reduce the distance between Surat and Bhavnagar, saving time and fuel.
Rupani also announced Rs.52-cr Narmada Parikrama Yojna, including comprehensive facelift of pilgrims’ centers like Kabirwad-Shukla Teerth, make Mithi Talai inaccessible portion walk able and constructing Vimleshwar Hodi Ghat on the banks of the Narmada. This includes surfaced approach roads, boat berthing, landscaping, ashrams and rest houses with sanitation, to be built by Pavitra Yatradham Vikas Board. It is the only major river that the pilgrims encircle, hence called ‘Narmada Parikrama’.
He said the work on the Rs.3,000-cr Bhadbhut project on the Narmada River would also start soon to provide drinking water to Bharuch. He expressed hopes that 6.50-crore Gujaratis would prosper more with the blessings of the Narmada, revered as a Goddess. He said that his government encouraged pilgrimage along with protection of ‘Gau, Ganga, Gayatri’.

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