PM Modi will be inaugurate The Sardar Sarovar Dam on September 17, which is also his birthday. The foundation stone for the World's Second Biggest Dam
PM Modi will be inaugurate The Sardar Sarovar Dam on September 17, which is also his birthday. The foundation stone for the World’s Second Biggest Dam was laid 56 years ago, by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in Narmada district’s Kevadia.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani confirmed the news. 30 gates of the Sardar Sarovar dam will open upon project initiation. Meanwhile the respective gates are shut on the directions of the Narmada Control Authority on June 17 this year.
Earlier, the height of the dam was 121.92 metres. After the closure, the dam is 138 metres high and now houses a storage capacity of 4.73 million cubic metres (MCM) from the existing 1.27 million cubic metres.
“It is an ideal gift for his birthday!” says an enthusiastic Mr Rupani. The prominent leader’s hard work to bring water in the parched areas of the state is finally on the way.
He also accused the opposition Congress for delaying the Sardar Sarovar project by adding, “Before 2014, the UPA government did not give permission for seven years to install gates on the dam. And after Modiji became Prime Minster, the the work was on the way within 17 days.”
With the long awaited project,over 18 lakh hectares of land in the state would be benefited with irrigation. Narmada water will flow to over 9,000 villages of Gujarat through a canal network.
Each gate weighs over 450 tonnes and it takes one hour to close them. It is the largest dam in terms of the concrete usage volume. In fact, the second biggest dam in the world after the Grand Coulee Dam in the United States. The mega structure spans 1.2 km in length and is 163 metres deep. Till date, it has produced 4,141 crore units of electricity from its two power houses — river bed powerhouse and canal head powerhouse — with an installed capacity of 1,200 MW and 250 MW, respectively.
Fifty-seven percent of the electricity produced from the dam goes to Maharashtra, while Madhya Pradesh gets 27 per cent and 16 per cent goes to Gujarat. Meanwhile the dam has earned over Rs. 16,000 crore — more than double the cost of its construction.