PM Modi will inaugurate the project, among many others, during his one-day visit to Gujarat. Nearly 4.5 lakh tribal people from 174 villages and 1,028 hamlets in the hills of Valsad in Gujarat are set to get tap water facilities with this project.
“It was a challenging task to complete the Astol project in Kaprada and Dharampur talukas of Valsad district, but I am glad our engineers overcame all the hurdles. It’s a technological marvel from an engineering perspective as well. Through this project, we have ensured the availability of water in these hilly areas by taking water to the height of about 1,875 ft (as high as a 200-storey building),” Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel said on Wednesday.
“The Astol project is nothing short of an engineering marvel as water from the Madhuban dam will be pumped up to reach 50 villages in Dharampur and 124 villages in Kaprada. This will be the first time that the Madhuban dam’s water will be used for drinking purposes as earlier it was only used for irrigation,” the Gujarat government said in an official statement.