A phenomenal Rs 43,600 crore have already been spent on the Sardar Sarovar Narmada project, the state government informed the Gujarat Assembly on Monday.
“Till July 2014, a total of Rs 43,633.75 crore have been spent on the Narmada project,” the government stated in a written reply to a question from Congress MLA Gyasuddin Shaikh.
The government has targeted to complete this multi-state project by 2017-18. At present, work is on to raise the dam’s height by constructing spillway piers and steel radial gates.
The state government is also targeting to complete the pending works of minor and sub-minor canals as soon as possible, the reply added.
In another question asked by the same MLA, the government stated that it has completed 25,479 kms of Narmada canal network in Gujarat (till July 2014). A total of Rs 22,102 crore have already been spent on the canal network alone. This network is currently irrigating 17.92 lakh hectares in 17 districts of the state.
Vadodara (7,836 kms), Bharuch (3,534 kms) and Ahmedabad (3,264 kms) are the top three districts that presently house the maximum length of the Narmada canal.
During this year’s state Budget, the government has allocated an additional Rs 9,000 crore for the project.