Sardar Sarovar dam water level touches its highest mark

The water level in the Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadiya in Narmada district reached its highest capacity at 138.68 metres on Sunday evening for the first time since its height was raised in 2017, an official said.

"Sardar Sarovar Dam has achieved its full reservoir level (FRL) of 138.68 metres," said Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) Managing Director Rajiv Gupta.

He listed release of water from the Narmada river upstream in Madhya Pradesh at the rate of 6-7 lakh cusec (Cubic foot per second) since the last few days and retaining water in the dam in view of the flood-like situation in 175 villages in Bharuch, Narmada and Vadodara districts as some of the reasons behind the water level in the dam touching the highest mark.

A district official said the milestone was achieved around 6:35 pm.

"The dam's reservoir received water (at the rate of) 6.45 lakh cusec while the water was released (at the rate of) 5.81 lakh cusec," he said.

The dam aims to provide drinking water to 131 urban centres and 9,633 villages (53 per cent of total 18,144 villages in Gujarat) and irrigation facilities for 18.54 hectares of land, covering 3,112 villages in 15 districts.