World's 2nd Biggest Dam inauguration on Sept 17

Thu Sep 14 2017 13:01:42 GMT+0530 (IST)

The inauguration of Sardar Sarovar Dam is going to happen 56 years after the foundation stone was laid by India's First Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in Kevadia of Narmada District, Gujarat. On the eve of his birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating India's biggest & World's second biggest dam on September 17th. He will be dedicating the dam to the Nation after the opening of 30 Gates.

Sardar Sarovar Dam have a storage capacity of 4.73 million cubic metres (MCM) and the height of the dam is about 138 metres. Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani says: 'UPA Government didn't permit installation of Dam gates for 7 years. Modi granted permission within 17 days after becoming PM in 2014 and it's the best gift he will be receiving on his birthday'.

The 1.2 km long Sardar Sarovar Dam is only next to the Grand Coulee Dam in USA. Each of the 30 Gates weighs over 450 tonnes and it takes one hour for the closure of gates. Sardar Sarovar Dam produces 4,141 crore units of electricity with the help of power houses River Bed (1,200 MW capacity) and Canal Head (250 MW capacity), through which Rs 16,000 crore (double the cost of construction) revenue has been generated. Electricity produced will be shared by Maharashtra (57%), Madhya Pradesh (27%) and Gujarat (16%). It will bring 2.46 hectares of land into irrigation. Drinking Water will be provided to 131 urban areas and 9,633 villages.