Vijay Rupani Current Affairs - 2020

Third Phase of Gujarat’s “Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan” begins

The Gujarat state government has launched the 3rd edition of the Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan to prepare the water bodies before the monsoon.

Background

The Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan is a water conservation scheme launched by the Gujarat state government in 2018 after experiencing a weak monsoon. The second edition was launched in February of 2019. The water storage capacity has increased by 2.3 billion cubic feet till date.

Functioning

The Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan looks to increase the water storage capacity in the state by preparing water bodies and other infrastructure before the monsoon. Cleaning and desilting of riverfronts, irrigation canals, deepening of reservoirs, lakes and tanks. It works on a PPP model with the government contributing 60% of the expenditure while the remaining 40% is provided by the people.

3rd Edition

The 3rd edition of the scheme was launched amidst the COVID-19 crisis and its associated lockdown conditions. The workers are to follow social distancing norms and masks and sanitizers would be provided to them. Participation will be also through the MGNREGA scheme.

World’s first CNG port terminal to be built in Gujarat

Gujarat government has given its approval to a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) terminal facility at Bhavnagar port. This would be the world’s first CNG port terminal. The approval for this was given by Gujarat Infrastructure Development Board headed by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.

World’s first CNG port terminal

Background: The Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) had signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UK-based Foresight Group to set up this port terminal at Bhavnagar in the Vibrant Gujarat Summit held in January 2019. The existing port at Bhavnagar is administered by Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB).

Company Involved: The terminal will be jointly built by Foresight Group and Mumbai-based Padmanabh Mafatlal Group. The consortium of company will invest Rs.1,900 crore out of which Rs.1,300 crore will be invested in 1st phase and Rs.600 crore in 2nd phase.

Features:

The existing Bhavnagar port have a capacity to handle three MMTPA cargo, and new terminals would take the overall capacity to nine MMTPA.

The proposed CNG terminal at Bhavnagar port will have a cargo capacity to handle of 1.5 million metric tonne per annum (MMTPA) and will also develop facilities such as Ro-Ro terminal, liquid cargo terminal and container terminal.

Developing CNG and other terminals on north side of existing port would require major modifications in existing infrastructure, including dredging in water channel of port basin, construction of two lock gates as well as off-shore infrastructure for CNG transportation.