Over Rs 5,000 crore worth power generated from Narmada
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 04, 2010, 00:01
  
Ahmedabad: Over 1200 MW of Power worth over Rs 5,000 crore has been generated from the hydro power project on Narmada.

Gujarat irrigation minister Nitin Patel, in a statement, said that all the turbines at the dam are operational and generating electricity.

Patel said that Gujarat gets 19 per cent of total power generated from the hydro power plant while Madhya Pradesh gets 57 per cent and remaining 24 per cent goes to neighbouring Maharashtra.

According to the minister, the central government has provided Rs 5391 crore as grant under accelerated irrigation benefit programme (AIBP) from 1996-97 to the last year.

"The canal works for branch canals, minor canals, sub minor canals and distributory canals are under way in the command area," he said, adding that the government wants to complete the project at the earliest.

Moreover, he said that tenders will be invited soon to build remaining canal network to take the water to parched region Kutch.

Incidentally, Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), in the report tabled in the state assembly recently, had found huge irregularities in the Sardar Sarowar narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL), which implements the project.

The audit authority found that more than Rs 1800 crore recieved under AIBP and meant to be used for the development of command area, was diverted and used for other purpose.

The CAG also found the irrigation project was slowly being converted into a drinking water project and only 20 per cent of the canal was completed after spending more than Rs 25000.

Only 1.20 lakh hectare area was brought under irrigation, reported the CAG in the report.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, April 04, 2010, 00:01


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