Narmada dam overflows at 126.21 metres

Narmada dam overflows at 126.21 metres
By our correspondent
Bharuch, DeshGujarat, 12 September, 2009



The Narmada dam on Saturday began to overflow by nearly five metres. While the dam’s current height is 121.92 metres, the water was flowing at 126.21 metres on Saturday. The dam started overflowing around 10:30 in the morning yesterday.

Once completed, the dam’s full reservoir level will be 138.6 metres, enough to store double the amount of water it is currently able to store. It can be well imagined how much water the dam could have stored in case the construction had been allowed to achieve the full targeted height.

According to the officials of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL), due to heavy rains in the catchment area of Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh, there is tremendous inflow of water in the dam. The major dams on river Narmada such as Tava dam, Bargi dam and Indirasagar dam are full of their capacity and 6 lakh cusec water was released from the Indira Sagar dam yesterday, which resulted into a tremendous inflow.

As at least two more rounds of heavy rain in the command are expected, the existing overflow may be repeated again during this month according to the officials.



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