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Since 1961, 10 largest Dams, Big Canals But 10% Utilization Of Narmada Waters.

Posted by egovindia on August 6, 2006

Since 1961, 10 largest Dams, Big Canals But 10% Utilization Of Narmada Waters.


Is It Not A Fraud On People Of India?



One of young subscribers to our groups Did Not Believe That There Is Very Little Utilization Of Narmada Waters Even After 45 Years Since Pt. Nehru Laid The Foundation Of Dam At Bharuch.


10 largest dams are already built many more are coming up. Largest canal in world already in place but Utilization Is just 10%. Obviously more than 10% water of Narmada is lost in evaporation in Dams alone. (20 more dams are coming up)


The first para can be directly accessed by going to “The Narmada River & Basin” in Sardar Sarovar Dam website.


For second you may go to Tribunal Award and than “Terms Of Reference”.


Ravinder Singh


The Narmada River & Basin


The total basin area of the river is 97,410 square kilometer comprising 85,858 square kilometer in Madhya Pradesh, 1658 square kilometer in Maharashtra and 9894 square kilometer in Gujarat. The drainage area up to dam site is 88,000 square kilometer. The mean annual rainfall in the basin is 112 centimeters. The annual run of the dam site at 75 percentage of dependability is 27.22 MAF. The World Bank computed the yield of 28.57 MAF while the yield computed in May 1992 by the Central Water Commission, Government of India is of 26.60 MAF, i.e. about 27.00 MAF. The utilisation of Narmada River basin today is hardly about 10%. Thus water of the Narmada continue to flow to the sea unused.




The plan for harnessing the river for irrigation and power generation in the Narmada basin was initiated in 1946. Seven projects including the Bharuch project were identified during the initial Survey and 4 projects Bharuch (Gujarat), Bargi, Tawa and Punasa in Madhya Pradesh were given top priority for investigation. After the completion of investigation, the proposed dam at Gora in Gujarat with the full reservoir level (FRL) 161 ft. (49.80m) was selected and the foundation stone was laid by the late Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 5th April, 1961. However, as more detailed, modernised contour sheets from the Survey of India were available thereafter, possibility of raising the height of the dam for optimum utilisation of water was considered.

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