ZEE NEWS, AUGUST 31, 2006
Kevadiya (Gujarat), Aug 31: The work of raising the height of Naramda Dam to 121.82 meters is expected to be completed by December-end, officials said here today.
The work of raising the dam height from the present 119 meters to 121.82 meters is expected to begin in the second week of October at Kevadiya Colony in Narmada district, said P M Patel, chief engineer of the project.
“Monsoon is expected to recede in the state by September-end following which we are likely to begin the incomplete work of raising the dam’s height to 121.82 meters,” he told reporters at the dam site.
He said the Narmada Tribunal, in its last order, had permitted raising the dam height but the work was stopped at 119 meters last month following the onset of monsoon.
“We will require three more months to raise the height of the dam to 121.82 meter and the work is likely to be completed by the December-end this year.”
The dam, with a height of 1.5 km and a length of 215 kms can at present store 5,300 million cubic meters of water and can satisfy drinking water needs of the entire population of the state for one year, the official remarked.
Meanwhile, six hydro power plants of 200 mw each have been commissioned at the underground dam station, while five hydro plants of 50 mw each have been commissioned at the surface station, he said.
The electricity generated from these power stations is shared by Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan besides Gujarat.