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Sardar Sarovar Dam provides irrigation water during summer

Date: 11 June 2021 Tags: Infrastructure

Issue

The Sardar Sarovar Dam across the Narmada river has managed to release water for irrigation for the first time in summer months.

 

Background

Narmada river and the dam are considered the lifeline of Gujarat as it provides majority of water for irrigating lands in Saurashtra. In summers it does not have water.

 

Details

  • The Narmada waters from Sardar Sarovar have managed to fill close to 35 dams and reservoirs, check dams, lakes, ponds and tanks.

  • The Narmada river project is considered the classic case of integrated river basin management, planning and development.

  • The water from the river is used for all major and minor water related projects across all the catchment states of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

  • The Narmada river basin has a potential use for 28 MAF. Gujarat has a share of 9 MAF, Madhya Pradesh 18 MAF, Maharashtra 0.25 MAF and Rajasthan 0.50 MAF.

  • The majority of power generated is allocated to Madhya Pradesh (57 percent), followed by Maharashtra and Gujarat.

  • The industrial usage of water from the Narmada makes up only about 2 percent. This is the reason that it has stable water availability.