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On his b'day, Modi to inaugurate world's second biggest dam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Sardar Sarovar Dam, one of India's biggest, in Narmada district's Kevadia, on September 17, which also happens to be his birthday. 

PTI| Updated: Sep 15, 2017, 17:12 PM IST
On his b'day, Modi to inaugurate world's second biggest dam

Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Sardar Sarovar Dam, one of India's biggest, in Narmada district's Kevadia, on September 17, which also happens to be his birthday. 

The announcement was made by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. 

"The Prime Minister will dedicate the Sardar Sarovar project to the nation after opening the 30 gates installed in it, which were closed on the directions of the Narmada Control Authority on June 17 this year," Rupani said. 

"It is the best gift for him on his birthday, as he has worked tirelessly for the dam to bring water in the parched areas of the state," the Chief Minister said.

The Narmada Control Authority had ordered the gates of the Sardar Sarovar Project be shut on June 16. The gates of the country`s highest dam were closed the following day.

After the closure of the gates, the height of the dam was increased to 138 metres, with storage capacity raised to 4.73 million cubic metres (MCM) from the existing 1.27 million cubic metres.

Earlier, the height of the dam was 121.92 metres.

56 years ago, the foundation stone for the Sardar Sarovar Dam was laid by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in Narmada district's Kevadia. 

Accusing the opposition Congress for delaying the Sardar Sarovar project, the Chief Minister said: "Before 2014, the UPA government did not give permission for seven years to install gates on the dam. And after Modiji became Prime Minister, the permission was granted in 17 days."

He also said that with the inauguration of the project, over 18 lakh hectares of land in the state would be benefitted with irrigation as Narmada water will flow to over 9,000 villages of Gujarat through a canal network.

"When Modiji came to power in 2014, within 17 days he gave permission for the installation of the gates, and it took three years to complete the installation of gates," a senior official associated with the work of Sardar Sarovar project told this visiting IANS correspondent.

Each gate weighs over 450 tonnes and it takes one hour to close them, the official said. 

Explaining the characteristics of the Sardar Sarovar project, the official said that it is the biggest dam in terms of volume of concrete used in it.

"It is the second biggest dam in the world after the Grand Coulee Dam in the United States," he said.

The official said the 1.2-km-long dam which is 163 metres deep has till date 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.

"The dam has earned over Rs 16,000 crore — more than double the cost of its construction," he said.

According to the SSP official, the power generated from the dam would be shared among three states -- Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

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.