It was a historic moment for Gujarat, as one of its most famous projects, the Sardar Sarovar dam, has reached completion. The completion was achieved by closing the gates of the dam, which will increase its height and its storage capacity. Earlier, the dam’s height was 121.92 meters and its storage capacity was 1.25 million cubic meter (MCM). Now, with the gates closed, the dam’s height has been effectively increased to 138 meters and its storage capacity has reached 4.75 MCM. It may be recalled that the Sardar Sarovar Dam had been surrounded by controversy related to environmental concerns and rehabilitation of people affected by the dam.
The 30 gates of the dam were closed after the state government got the approval from the central government. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his deputy Nitin Patel were there today at the dam site to witness the closure of the dam’s gates. Rupani said that people’s wishes have now come true with the closing of the gates. Deputy CM Patel said that the increased volume of water in the dam will significantly benefit the parched areas of the state such as Saurashtra, Kutch and North Gujarat. “Drinking water problems will be a thing of past, droughts will be better tackled and water will be available for irrigation even if the rains are deficient,” Patel said.