Gandhinagar, 18 June 2020
The water level of Narmada Dam has reached 127.46 meters on June 17, 2020 in the morning. Live storage is around 2700 MCM. Water is being released from Madhya Pradesh dam at present. About 8600 cusecs of water is released in Gujarat through Narmada main canal. Despite having enough water in the Narmada, barely 8,000 cusecs of water is currently flowing in the canal against 40,000 cusecs. Which is barely 20 percent. Out of which even 4 thousand cusecs of water is not provided for irrigation. Farmers are currently in need of irrigation in many villages.
Gross storage of water in Narmada Dam is recorded at 6350 million cubic meters. The total water storage capacity of Sardar Sarovar Dam is 9460 million cubic meters. The month of June has witnessed a good collection of water against the capacity of water storage. It is hoped that this year too the water in the Narmada Dam will be able to reach the total surface. The total water surface can store 138.68 meters (455 feet) of water.
Water is being supplied from the main canal to Saurashtra Sauni project through Saurashtra canal. Small reservoirs, lakes etc. in North Gujarat are being filled by lifting from Narmada main canal. Water is also being pumped into the Sujalam Sufalam Canal. Apart from that, separate branches of Saurashtra and separate branches of Narmada Command also provide drinking water and irrigation as per requirement.
The River Bed House and Canal Power House, both of which are currently in operation, are generating 20 million units of electricity worth Rs 4 crore a day.
Water is coming from the power houses of Indira Sagar Dam and Omkareshwar Dam upstream of Narmada Dam.
The water level in the Shrava area of the Narmada Basin is 40,000 cusecs due to rainfall. After generating electricity in the power house, 33 thousand cusecs of water flows to Bharuch.
1 thousand megawatts of electricity is being generated in 1 unit of 200 MW of River Bed Power House of Sardar Sarovar Dam. 2 out of 5 units of Canal Power House are operational. Which generates 100 MW of electricity. A total of 1100 MW of electricity is being generated. 300 units of electricity cannot be generated. 7 thousand cusecs of water flows in the power station of the canal.
The 1200 MW River Bed Power House of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Dam was completely closed after July 2017. Because there is not much rain in Narmada valley. The power to run the River Bed Power House is not in the hands of the Gujarat MP government but in the hands of the Narmada Control Authority.
According to the Narmada Water Dispute Tribunal Award, the water of Narmada is first kept for drinking. There is provision to provide for irrigation if it increases after that and for electricity only if it increases after that.
The Narmada Valley receives an average of 40 inches of rain, according to the Narmada Water Dispute Tribunal Award. A total of 28 million acre feet of water is deposited from Amarkantak to Sardar Sarovar Narmada Dam.
Permission to operate a river bed power house is granted by the Narmada Control Authority which is not currently granted.
Canal power station
On August 2, 2016, the power house of Narmada Dam was generating electricity worth Rs. 6 crore daily. Even though 120 meters of gates and gates were not closed, so much electricity was generated.
There is a 250 MW Canal Head Power House. Which has 5 units of 50 MW. 4 of which were run. 3 thousand MWh of electricity was generated daily. Electricity worth Rs 6 crore was generated daily from Narmada power plants. In which Madhya Pradesh gets 57% electricity. Maharashtra gets 27 per cent and Gujarat 16 per cent electricity.
0.86 million cubic feet of drinking water will be supplied to 131 urban centers and 9633 villages. It is important that there are a total of 18 thousand 144 villages in Gujarat. Irrigation will be provided to 37,500 hectares of hilly areas of Maharashtra and 2.46 lakh hectares of land in the desert areas of Jaisalmer and Barmer in Rajasthan. The Sardar Sarovar project is 1200 meters long and 163 meters deep. It is expected to generate 4141 crore units of electricity.
So far, the government is claiming that 8213 villages and 159 cities have been provided with drinking and drinking water connections.