The Sardar Sarovar Dam Water Level today live at Kevadiya in Narmada district reached its highest capacity at 138.68 meters on Sunday evening for the first time since its height was raised in 2017, an official said. To celebrate the feat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to be present at the dam site on September 17, which also happens to be his 69th birthday.
“Sardar Sarovar Dam has achieved its full reservoir level (FRL) of 138.68 meters,” 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.
Gupta said it was these factors that prompted the authorities to allow the water level in the Sardar Sarovar Dam to reach 138 meters, adding that a call would be taken in the next three to four days on whether to let the water rise to the overflow mark. He said the dam has received water due to heavy rains in the catchment area and around 20,000 cusec of water has been released into the Narmada river.
Meanwhile, around 3,900 people, who were shifted to safer places from 23 villages and some low-lying areas of Bharuch over the last few days, have not yet been sent back as the water level in Narmada river continued to be steady, collector MD Modiya said. The state government announced that Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will attend the ‘Narmada Aarti’ near the Sardar Sarovar Dam on September 17 to mark Prime Minister Narendra Narendra Modi’s 69th birthday. Modi has also been invited, said functionaries, adding that the BJP expects the mega-dam to reach the overflow mark by September 17.