In keeping with its aim to inspire, celebrate, and demonstrate the model work of water conservation, the Dholakia Foundation has joined with the Government of Gujarat to launch Jal Utsav (water festival). The event was inaugurated on November 17th by Gujarat Governor Shri Acharya Devvrat and Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel at Het Ni Haveli, Lathi-Dudhala in Amreli, Gujarat.
Attractions at the Jal Utsav include exhilarating water sports activities, paramotoring, a horse show, cultural evenings, and other activities centered on the tranquil Lake Side Tent lodgings. On the first day, the event had an excellent turnout of around 9,000 attendees.
The Governor and Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for check dams at the intersection of Bhesan, Bodiya, and Sanaliya Villages. Cabinet Minister of Water Resources Shri Kunvarji Bavaliya, Minister of Tourism Shri Mulubhai Bera, and Dholakia Foundation Chairman Shri Savjibhai Dholakia were also present at the ceremony. The check dams are intended to boost water storage during the monsoon season, contributing to the Dholakia Foundation‘s efforts to revitalize the river. The Chief Minister and Governor also dedicated the “Amrit Van” Botanical Garden, which contains over 26,000 plant species.
“In Saurashtra, almost everyone is experiencing water scarcity,” said Shri Bhupendra Patel. However, thanks to a fantastic initiative by the State Government and the Dholakia Foundation, the lakes in this high salinity zone are now full of precipitation.”
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