What may give some respite to anxious state government,the water-level in Narmada dam has been rising steadily for last two days,thanks to good rainfall in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
The dam,main source of drinking water for Suarashtra and Kutch regions of the state,was filled upto 115.03 metres at 6 pm on Monday. It was 114.95 metres in the morning,officials of Sardara Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) at Kevadia Colony,the site of the dam in Narmada district,said on Monday.
The current inflow of water in the dam is 15,000 cusecs per second and against it,we are releasing around 9,000 cusecs for power generation. Thus,we are storing 6,000 cusecs and the level of the dam has been rising 15-20 cm daily, a top official at the dam site told The Indian Express.
The official said the level had gone up by 1.5 metres over the last two days. There has been good rainfall in Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha region of Maharashtra in the last two days. Thanks to this,the water level in Indira Sagar dam has gone up to 246.49 metres and is rising 2.5 metres per day. Incremental water is being released from this dam downstream while generating electricity, the official said.
Majority of districts of Gujarat have seen high deficit of rain this season with many regions facing drought-like situation. Last week,the state government had decided to stop supplying Narmada water to farmers in Saurashtra region for irrigation purpose to ensure the dam has enough water to meet states drinking water needs.
However,SSNNL officials said situation was under control. Situation is not alarming. It was only last year that the dam started overflowing in August. In the two years preceding it,it had overflowed in September. So,the present water-level in the dam is normal, an officer said.