Fri, Dec 9, 2016 | updated 10:55 PM IST

PM Modi to announce water supply, lift irrigation projects in Gujarat

Updated: Sep 17, 2016 08:04 IST

Dahod (Gujarat) [India], Sept. 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce projects worth nearly Rs. 3,800 crore at Limkheda in Dahod district of Gujarat on his 66th birthday today.

The programme has been organised under the Gujarat Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojna for the districts lying in the state's forest belt.

The projects include six water supply and four lift irrigation projects.

The water supply projects will provide drinking water to about 21 lakh people residing in 960 villages, including 23 settlements in the Dahod, Mahisagar, Narmada and Chhotaudepur districts.

The lift irrigation projects based on Kadana-Karjan and Kakrapar Reservoirs will provide irrigation in nearly 1 lakh hectares in Dahod, Narmada, Mahisagar and Surat districts.

Prime Minister Modi will also distribute aids and assistive devices to differently-abled persons at Samajik Adhikarita Shivir at Navsari in South Gujarat.

More than 11,000 people will be provided free-of-cost assistive equipment worth Rs. 10 crore.

This camp also holds the prospect of entering the 'Guinness Book World Records' in three categories namely most people fitted with hearing aid in eight hours, largest wheelchair logo image and most oil lamps lit simultaneously at single venue.

The aim of the program is to provide opportunities for the growth and development of differently-abled persons so that they can lead productive, safe and dignified lives.

Besides the programmes, the Prime Minister will hold rallies in Limkheda and Navsari.

He will also visit his mother Hiraba at Raysan village in Gandhinagar.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will celebrate Prime Minister Modi's birthday as Sewa Divas today.

Party leaders and workers across the country will hold events of social service on the occasion.

BJP President Amit Shah will take part in a cleanliness drive in Telangana to mark the day.

Union Ministers and party MPs will also travel to different parts of the country and spend time with the poor and underprivileged section of the society. (ANI)