Gujarat Current Affairs

Gujarat signs MoU to build small airports

The Gujarat government has inked a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Airport Authority of India (AAI).

Under these MoUs, 11 small airports and airstrips will be developed under the Centre’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) to boost regional air connectivity in the State.

With this, Gujarat became the third State after Jharkhand and Maharashtra to have signed such an agreement under the Centre’s Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS).

Under the MoU

  • Gujarat and the Central Government will jointly undertake development and upgrading of infrastructure in 11 unserved or underserved airports and airstrips.
  • These 11 unserved or underserved airports and airstrips are in Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Surat, Bhuj, Mehsana, Porbandar, Amreli, Mandavi, Kandla, Keshod and Deesa.
  • The Central Government will provide the financial resources under viability gap funding of the RCS.

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Gujarat becomes first state to distribute 2 crore LED bulbs under UJALA scheme

Gujarat has become the first state in the country to distribute two crore LED bulbs under the Centre’s UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All) scheme.

The state has reached the milestone in just 96 days and over 42 lakh households have already benefited from the scheme.

Key Facts

  • State-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of the Union Power Ministry had distributed about 2 lakh bulbs daily in Gujarat.
  • The distribution of 2 crore LED bulbs has led to an annual energy savings of 259 crore kwh, (Kilowatt Hour). It is equivalent to lighting up 5 lakh Indian homes for an entire year.
  • Besides energy savings, the state has also gained from daily CO2 emission reduction of 5,000 tonnes.

About UJALA scheme

  • The UJALA scheme was launched on 1 May 2015 replacing the “Bachat Lamp Yojana”. It was launched as LED based “Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP).
  • It was launched as part of Union Government’s efforts to spread the message of energy efficiency in the country.
  • The scheme’s objective is to reduce electricity bills of consumers, contribute to the energy security of India and also help in environment protection.
  • Under it, Government has set ambitious target to replace 77 crore incandescent bulbs across the country with LEDs by 2019.
  • LED bulbs have a very long life, almost 50 times more than ordinary bulbs, and 8 to 10 times that of CFLs, and therefore provide both energy and cost savings in the medium term.

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PM Narendra Modi launches first phase of SAUNI project in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the first phase of SAUNI (Saurastra Narmada Avataran Irrigation) Yojana at Sanodara of Jamnagar district of Gujarat.

SAUNI Yojana is multipurpose project that aims to solve the water problems of a parched Saurashtra region of Gujarat.

Key Facts

  • Technically, SAUNI is a ‘linking’ project where the water will be filled in irrigation dams that are already equipped with canal network.
  • Under this project, 115 dams in the Saurashtra region will be filled with excess water from the Sardar Sarovar dam.
  • In the first phase, around 10 dams and reservoirs of Rajkot, Jamnagar and Morbi districts will be filled with water from Narmada River for irrigation and drinking purposes.
  • SAUNI project involves making pipe canals instead of the conventional open canals which has led to no acquisition of land for the project.
  • This network of canals will comprise 1,125-km network of pipelines that will help to channel water into farms.

Background

Saruashtra region of Gujarat comprises 11 districts. These districts faces drought like situation often and has been reeling under severe water scarcity due to scanty rainfall. The SAUNI Yojana was announced in 2012 when PM Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

SAUNI Project

Map Source: Indian Express

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