Later, Mr. Modi dedicated to the nation the Phase-1 (Link 2) of the SAUNI (Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation) Yojana, at Botad. He also laid the foundation stone of Phase 2 (Link 2) of the project.
Earlier, he welcomed Narmada water into the Krishna Sagar Lake by pressing a button and offering flower petals.
Addressing a public meeting, he described water as a holy offering from nature. He said water is reaching Saurashtra with the blessings of the River Narmada. He said this is the result of a lot of effort, and would benefit the farmers.
He called for the extensive use of drip irrigation, and said the Union Government is working on ways to help double incomes in the agriculture sector.