Narmada Control Authority (NCA) on 12 June 2014 gave its approval to Gujarat government to raise the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada River in Kevadia to 138.68 meters from present 121.92 meters. It also approved Gujarat government’s plan to install 30 gates on it.
The approval to raise the height by about 17 meters came after a wait of eight long years. Last time the height of the dam was raised in 2006.
This approval of raising the height of Sardar Sarovar Dam project may help the state to get rid from the problem of water due to deficient rains.
The decision to raise the height of Narmada dam was taken on the basis of a report of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment on the rehabilitation of displaced people.
Earlier on 18 October 2000, the Supreme Court gave its approval to the project of raising the height of the dam to 138.72 meters.
About Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada River
India’s first Home Minister, Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel in 1946-47 visualised the construction of a dam over Narmada for optimum use of waters of Narmada. The foundation stone of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada River was laid down on 5 April 1961 by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India.
The Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat also benefits some states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
About Narmada Control Authority (NCA)
NCA is a body that monitors works on Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd project. In 2000 the Supreme Court authorized NCA to take call on proposal to raise the height of the dam taking into consideration, the relief and rehabilitation and environment considerations.
Movement against construction of dams on Narmada River
Narmada Bachao Andolan headed by social activist Medha Patkar is a movement against construction of large dams on Narmada River.
Where: in Kevadia
When: 12 June 2014