Gujarat plans first-of-its-kind over the sea dam

Last Updated: Monday, October 25, 2010 - 15:44

New Delhi: In a first, Gurajat is planning
to build an over the sea dam in the northern portion of the
Gulf of Khambat (Cambay) with an investment of over Rs 50,000
crore.

The 35-kilometre dam project named Kalpasar Dam Alignment
would lead to a sweet water reservoir. Besides, it will also
have a road and rail overbridge, which will reduce the
distance between Bhavnagar and Surat by 200 kilometre.

While, the main dam help generate tidal power, the
reservoir is expected to supply water for drinking and
agricultural purposes.

"The project envisages dam and road and rail overbridge
from just north of Bhavnagar in the west coast of Gulf of
Cambay to Alandar in Dahej in the east coast. Though final
cost is to be worked out in detail, it will be over Rs 50,000
crore," a senior state government official said.

The timeframe will be decided once the environmental and
other clearances come.

The Gujarat government has already set up a dedicated
department for the project -- the Kalpasar department.

"Besides creating a fresh water reservoir in the northern
portion of the Gulf of Khambat, the road and rail overbridge
will reduce the distance from Bhavnagar and Surat to 150
kilometre from the existing 350 kilometre," the official said.

Travelling between Bhavnagar in Saurashtra and Surat in
South Gujarat currently require a long detour through
Ahmedabad.

The dam is also expected to take thousands of square
kilometre in the northern coast of the Gulf of Khambat out of
Coastal Zone Regulation (CZR) rules.

"This will allow development activity in a zone, which
has high salinity and also create fishing opportunity in the
envisage area," he said.

With the construction of the dam, which is 160 kilometre
from the Pipavav port, the nearby port of Bhavnagar is also
likely to be upgraded as a prime port. The Dholera Special
Investment Region lies close to the proposed dam area.

"The State Maritime Board is studying the proposal for
upgradation and expansion of the Bhavnagar port," the official
said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, October 25, 2010 - 15:44

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