Water Supplies Minister Kunwarji Bavaliya told the Assembly during discussion on budgetary allocation for water resources last week that “with an aim to tap the state’s long 1,600 coastline for our water needs, we have taken this significant decision that will reduce the Saurashtra-Kutch region’s dependence on the Narmada dam for drinking water

.”He said that a pilot project of 10 crore litres of water a day will be set up at Jodiya in Jamnagar district on a PPP basis. The government will only provide the land for the project, whereas the financial requirements for the project will be borne by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) set by private players.