Modi dubs Centre anti-Gujarat

“By not giving approval to construct gates over Sardar Sarovar dam and raise its height, the Centre has shown its crookedness toward Gujarat. The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government should change its anti-Gujarat mentality,” Modi said.

He was speaking at the foundation stone-laying ceremony for three construction works of Kutch and Radhanpur branch canals in Patan district.

Under these projects, 987 km of branch canal are proposed to be constructed at the cost of Rs 712 crore, which would carry Narmada’s water to 158 villages of Patan, Banaskantha and Kutch districts, according to government sources.

“The Centre is giving 90 per cent grant to the other states for irrigation projects in arid areas, but it is not ready to give similar grant for Narmada canal project, though most of it benefits arid land belts,” Modi said.

Due to this “discriminatory attitude” of the Centre, it would be difficult to take the Narmada's water to Gujarat's interiors on time, the chief minister said.

Targeting state Congress leaders, Modi said, “They are behaving as ‘Subas’ (regents in Mughal period) of Delhi Sultanate and have taken a ‘supari’ against progress of Gujarat.

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