Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the third pumping station on the Kutch branch of the Narmada canal network, which is expected to take water to Tappar dam in Anjar taluka covering a distance of over 600 km from the river Narmada that flows through south Gujarat.
As expected both Modi and Gujarat chief minister, Vijay Rupani, used the opportunity to sing praises for their party and highlight just how anti-Gujaratis the Congress-led UPA had been in the past.
Modi said, “People of other states have an impression that Gujarat is a rich state. However, they do not understand that here the government has to spend huge amount of money year after year to provide drinking water to people.”
Modi also added that from the time the BJP led by Keshubhai Patel came to power in the state in 1998, till the present dispensation led by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Gujarat has focused on making arrangements to bring permanent solution to water woes.
Rupani slammed the Congress alleging that the previous UPA government at the Centre had created roadblocks in completion of Narmada project.
“The UPA government did not give permission to raise the height of Sardar Sarovar dam. The prime minister (Modi), when he was the (Gujarat) chief minister, had to sit on a fast in Ahmedabad against the decision of the Central government. After becoming the prime minister, he gave permission in 17 days to raise the height,” Rupani said.
However, little over a fortnight after Modi’s high-profile inauguration, The pumping station has developed multiple cracks causing embarrassment to both the state’s BJP government.
The video of the pumping station with cracks all around in less than two weeks of its inauguration, has now gone viral on social media platforms.
As expected, Congress supporters have been nimble-footed with their criticism against Modi and the BJP posing questions to the so-called Gujarat model.
Irony is that the title of ?video clip suggests that cracks in dam mean Modi was cheated❗?????instead of the taxpayers being cheated. Shame? https://t.co/ZEh3CFoj1G
— DontQUESTIONgovt—ONLYchant: BharatMataKiJai (@SarahTitus0306) June 9, 2017
Many Cracks in newly constructed Sardar Sarovar Nahar in Gujarat's Kutch which was inaugrated by PM Modi on may 22.pic.twitter.com/Z8Hva3tVwz
— ASHUTOSH MISHRA (@ashu3page) June 8, 2017
Many Cracks in newly constructed Sardar Sarovar Nahar in Gujarat's Kutch which was inaugrated by PM Modi on May 22.pic.twitter.com/ZJv9gpWGD0
— Pramod K Dubey (@SPDubey21) June 9, 2017
Thousands of villages in Gujarat suffer from acute shortages of drinking water every summer and Prime Minister rightly pointed out that the cost of making drinking water available to the affected population is huge.
In India, rampant corruption involving contractors and politicians usually lead to poor quality work as a significant chunk of the money allocated for projects get siphoned off.
This will be another damning development for the BJP in the election year.