Vadodara: Water level in the Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadiya in Narmada district on Friday crossed the record 129.2 metre-mark and is expected to rise further owing to heavy rains in Narmada river catchment areas in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh.
According to N T Mathew, Executive Engineer of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNL), this is the first time that Narmada dam has started overflowing at this height.
Until now, the highest water level at the dam was 129.06 metres in 2012 and 127 metres in 2007, he said.
The official said that the water level may breach the 129.8 metre mark anytime after this evening following release from Indirasagar dam, Omkareshwar dam and others in MP.
Mathew told PTI that the dam is overflowing because of heavy rains in catchment areas of MP following which about 12 lakh cusecs of water is being released from various dams.
Due to overflowing, the submersible bridge located at Gora near SS dam site has gone under water and has been closed for vehicular traffic, disconnecting over 20 nearby villages.
Also, several villages of Tilakwada and Nandod Talukas located on the banks of Narmada, have been alerted, said MS Ranjan Bala, Additional District Collector, Narmada district.
In Bharuch, on the Golden bridge, Narmada was flowing only four feet short of the danger mark. In view of this, 39 villages in three talukas of Jhagadiya, Ankleshwar and Bharuch have been alerted, officials said.