CM Vijay Rupani drops idea of Parjanya Yagna to please rain gods

By Times Of India on 28 May 2018 | read
GANDHINAGAR: Chief minister Vijay Rupani has dropped his earlier plan to conduct Parjanya Yagna at 41 places across the state on May 31 to propitiate the rain gods.
After the rethink, the CM directed the district authorities and municipal corporations to hold 'Narmada Jal Pujan' instead.

The Parjanya yagnas were planned to mark the culmination of Gujarat government's month-long 'Sujalam Sufalam Jal Abhiyaan'.

A senior officer privy to the development told TOI, "All collectors and municipal commissioners have been given fresh instructions regarding the Sujalam Sufalam Jal Abhiyaan. There are major changes, including dropping of the yagna and replacing it with Narmada Jal Pujan. Considering high temperatures, Narmada Jal Puja will be done before noon."

A monthlong drive was undertaken to de-silt and deepen rivers, lakes, pond, canals and other water bodies to harvest more rainwater during the forthcoming monsoon season.

Gujarat is battling an acute water crisis this summer. At the peak of summer, the 204 dams in the state have only 29% water against its storage capacity of 25,227 million cubic meter (MCM).

Last year around this time, there was 40% water in the dams.