Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi inaugurated Sardar Sarovar Dam constructed on Narmada river in Gujarat on the occasion of his birthday. Speaking on the occasion, he called the dam as engineering marvel. It was Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru who laid the foundation stone of Sardar Sarovar Dam almost Six decades ago on April 5, 1961. But the construction started very late in 1987. Good news is that the dam is ready for use now and will become a power symbol of India. The dam has also set a record to become the second biggest dam of the world after USA’s Grand Coulee Dam.
Here are the main points of the dam:
- In terms of concrete usage, Sardar Sarovar Dam is the biggest dam. It is the third highest concrete dam of the country.
- The dam is the longest dam of India with a length of 1.2 Kms. Its deepness is 163 Metres.
- Weight of each gate is more than 450 tonnes and it takes one hour to close them.
- The dam will benefit three states Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. These three states will share the electricity generated. Maharashtra will get 57%, share of Madhya Pradesh will be 27% and 16% will be shared by Gujarat.