By govt’s own admission, command area has reduced in A’bad and Gandhinagar
Gandhinagar: Notwithstanding the tall claims of the State Government of being pro-farmer, the Irrigation Department has admitted that in the last two years as much as 1,657-hectare command area under irrigation schemes have been reduced in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar districts. The information was provided in the State Assembly in replies to different questions by members, which have been compiled by the Congress party.
Giving details, Congress’ spokesperson Manish Doshi stated that the total command covered under irrigation in 31 districts of the State is more than 29.38 lakh hectare.
The compiled data states that in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar districts, the command area covers 3.41 lakh hectares and in the last two years it has reduced by 1,657 hectares. The highest area covered under the command areas is in Bharuch district 2,46,857 hectares, followed by Vadodara (2,31,882), Surat (1,68,352) and Anand (1,63,402). Though Dangs district receives highest rainfall in the state and where the Ukai dam is constructed on Tapi river, the Tapi district has just 38,200 hectares covered under the command area. Porbandar district has 16,812 hectares under the command area and is the least covered district.
The irrigation department has also conceded that in the year 2018 and 2019, total 110 incidents of canal breach have taken place in Banaskantha and Patan districts. Because of this, 1,53,995 cubic meter of water has gone waste. All these breaches have occurred either at minor or distributary canals. In two years, the State has incurred expenditure of Rs 16.31 lakh to repair these canals in Patan and Banaskantha districts. In three talukas of Patan district alone, 35 canal breaches had taken place in 2018 and 2019 and because of that 31,261 cubic meter water has gone waste. The state irrigation department has incurred expenditure of Rs 3.21 lakh on repairing canals.