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River interlinking makes Ugamedi village drought-proof

 

 

The Times of India, Rajkot, 3rd September, 2014

 

 

RAJKOT: Thousands of people from 10 villages around Ugamedi village in Bhavnagar district were all smiles on Tuesday. The once parched Sonal river was flowing bank to bank. After almost two years of hard work, the project to link two rivers - Keri and Sonal - taken up by Surat-based diamond baron Lalji Patel, finally yielded desired results. Following heavy rains in the catchment area of Keri river, water flowed into Sonal through a special 2.5-km-long pipeline constructed by the villagers.

 

Villagers performed the traditional Jal Pooja and welcomed the water into Sonal river. The river interlinking project is a gift from Patel, owner of Surat-based Dharmanandan Diamonds, to his native village Ugamedi. Lalji almost single-handedly took up the project ? which has cost him about Rs 10 crore.