Prime Minister Narendra modi held a ceremony of commissioning of the dam the Sardar Sarovar, the construction of which began in 1987. On Sunday, September 17, reports RIA Novosti.
After several stages of modernization the height of the dam, located in Gujarat, is almost 139 meters, storage capacity of 5.8 billion cubic meters. Water for agricultural purposes will benefit about one million farmers and drinking water resources will be available to 40 million people.
Power electrogeraete the plant is 1450 megawatts. The power will be distributed between the three States — Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
The first stone in the construction of the dam was laid in 1961, first leader of independent India Jawaharlal Nehru, but to fully build the object began in 1987.
The construction was accompanied by protests, court cases and criticism, as he will be flooded coastal towns of the zone. Despite the fact that the government moved the inhabitants and compensation, many of them contested the right to live in the land of their ancestors. This has led to halt construction for four years by the Supreme court. In addition, some opponents have United in movement “Narmada, Bachao Andolan” (“save the Narmada”) and stated that the number of resettled have not received compensation.