Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday took a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement on the price rise.
"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a statement on Saturday saying since there is deficit in rainfall, price-rise will stay in the country," Modi said at the inauguration of a pipe-manufacturing factory commissioned by Doshion Ltd, near Sanand, 35 km from here.
"I was little surprised at the statement of the PM, who is very learned person, is an economist and also experienced since he has been elected twice as PM. However, I believe he should have said that by proper water resources management, we would not let the drought affect our agriculture," he said.
"I request PM to take a lead in the water harvesting, conservation and interlinking of rivers so that parched areas can be brought under irrigation," he said.
"The country wants PM to take the interlinking of all major rivers project forward so that excess water of one river can be taken in the water deficit areas," Modi said.
According to Modi, whose obsession with development of Gujarat was evident in his speech, Gujarat has shown what benefits can be derived from water harvesting, conservation and interlinking of rivers.
"We have interlinked 20 rivers in Gujarat and as a result Narmada water is flowing in Sabarmati in Ahmedabad, which has led to rise in ground water table in the city," he said.
"You would be surprised to know that due to rise in ground water, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) does not have to pump water from very deep so its power consumption in pumping water has come down, saving Rs 16 crore per year in the power bill," he said, explaining how the state is benefiting from interlinking of rivers.
Gujarat has focused on creating infrastructure facilities for every sector, be it industry, agriculture, water or even energy, Modi said.
"Gujarat has become a hub of pipeline manufacturing in the country. Today, this factory set up by Doshion is being commissioned within seven months of MoUs signed during the vibrant summit in last January," he said, adding that in Gujarat, factories are being set up in record time