Good news: Narmada dam overflows (Video and other updates)
Ahmedabad, 8 August 2012
As predicted on five August by DeshGujarat, Gujarat’s Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam has started overflowing by over 4 meter level, thanks to seven lakh cusec water released from Madhya Pradesh’s Omkareshwar dam. Current water level at dam is above 126 meter. Six power turbines are activated, and power generation is going on in full scale here. It should be mentioned here that with heavy rains in many parts of Madhya Pradesh, 20 sluice gates of country’s biggest dam- Indira Sagar, besides 23 doors of Omkareshwar reservoir – both situated in Khandwa district – were opened on Tuesday.
In another development, south Gujarat’s Ukai reservoir is receiving fresh inflow as over 2 lakh cusec water has been released from Hathnur dam located in upstream area of Ukai.
Updates on Wednesday evening
The dam is overflowing tonight at 128.63 meters, six meters above its height of 121.90 meters. According to officials, around 8,89,382 cusecs of water is being discharged from the dam, of which 8,22,439 cusecs fall directly into sea while remaining 66,943 cusecs flow to six turbines for power generation.
Out of total 74,626 kms proposed canal network of Narmada dam, only 19,885 km of work is completed so far by the state government.
Welcoming the news Chief Minsiter Narendra Modi on his blog said:
“Narmada is lifeline of Gujarat and is held sacrosanct by its people. On the night of 7-8th August 2012 it added waves of joy in our hearts when the Narmada dam began to overflow.”
“This momentous occasion brings a major relief to the areas that are served by the Narmada Canal.”
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