Union minister to lay foundation for two projects in Diu today

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will come on a one-day tour of union territory Diu to lay foundation stones of two projects on Monday.

During his visit, Shinde will lay the foundation stone of Rs 35 crore project of supplying drinking water of Narmada river to the island located off the Gujarat coast in Una taluka of Gir Somnath district.

He will also lay the ceremonial stone for a Rs 35-crore bridge on the road connecting Diu to the mainland Gujarat, officers in Diu administration said.

Following the scheduled visit of the Union home minister, security was beefed up on the island, which is a major tourist destination.

Officers said that Shinde would land at Diu airport in the morning and first lay the foundation stone of the water supply project in Kevdi area of Diu town at around 10.30 am. Half an our after that, he would lay the foundation stone of the bridge near Ghoghla village.

The water supply project will supply 9 million-liters-per day (MLD) water of Narmada dam to the small island. This will be another landmark of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited of the Guajrat government as the Narmada water reaches the island located hundreds of kms from the dam site in Narmada district in south Gujarat.

As part of the project, water will be taped from Kesariya-Una line of Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board (GWSSB) from Kesariya, some 17 km from Diu. A pipeline will bring water to Divi village where a water treatment plant is proposed to be built. From Divi, distribution lines will supply drinking water to Diu and nearby villages, officers said.

"Being an island, ground water is saline and the town is facing a drinking water problem. While we are drawing around 2.5 MLD water from Raval dam (in Una taluka), this supply is not enough. The 9 MLD water will take care of our drinking water need for the coming 30 years," a top officer said.

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