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Live storage of Narmada dam reaches 111.37 metres, to last till February end

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani recently said the Narmada Control Authority (NCA) had allowed the use of seepage and dead water of the dam to tackle brewing water crisis.

By: Express News Service | Vadodara | Published: February 14, 2018 5:50 am
narmada river, gujarat polls, bjp, narmada water, ssnnl, narmada dam, indian express The storage in the dam fell by 45 per cent, the lowest in the last 15 years, mainly due to poor rainfall in Madhya Pradesh last monsoon. Besides Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan are the two other beneficiary states of the project.

Gujarat Chief Secretary J N Singh visited the Narmada dam on Tuesday to take stock of the water level in the state’s lifeline reservoir. Singh visited the Irrigation Bypass Tunnel (IBPT), which has been instrumental in supplying drinking water to the state that is dependent on Narmada for its supply. The dam, which is at a level of 111.37 metres (as on Tuesday) of live storage, has a dead storage of one million acre feet (1 MAF). Singh said, “The live storage of the dam will last till about the end of February after which, the SSNNL has allowed us to use the dead storage water, which will enable villages and towns to receive their drinking water. However, we would still like the local bodies to preserve water.”

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani recently said the Narmada Control Authority (NCA) had allowed the use of seepage and dead water of the dam to tackle brewing water crisis. “The NCA has already sanctioned the use of seepage and dead water after it falls below 110.64 metres. There will be no problem on the drinking water front in the state,” he said. The NCA held a meeting with state government officials on February 9.

The storage in the dam fell by 45 per cent, the lowest in the last 15 years, mainly due to poor rainfall in Madhya Pradesh last monsoon. Besides Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan are the two other beneficiary states of the project.

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    BAWAJI
    Feb 14, 2018 at 7:06 am
    The need of the hour for a long long time has been desalination plants. Technology has been improving by the day though the mindset has been locked up in previous times where we as a nation kept thinking that divinity and praying to the rain Gods will help us with our water problems year on year. The Gods can only help us so much and no more. Climate change is a reality and supposed to impact India adversely. with ground water and fresh water reserves depleting at an alarming rate and the pollution of our beautiful rivers we may be facing a disaster if we do not take very positive steps to augment our fresh water supply
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