The storage in the dam fell by 45 per cent, the lowest in the last 15 years, mainly due to poor rainfall in Madhya Pradesh last monsoon. Besides Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan are the two other beneficiary states of the project.
Gujarat Chief Secretary J N Singh visited the Narmada dam on Tuesday to take stock of the water level in the state’s lifeline reservoir. Singh visited the Irrigation Bypass Tunnel (IBPT), which has been instrumental in supplying drinking water to the state that is dependent on Narmada for its supply. The dam, which is at a level of 111.37 metres (as on Tuesday) of live storage, has a dead storage of one million acre feet (1 MAF).
Singh said, “The live storage of the dam will last till about the end of February after which, the SSNNL has allowed us to use the dead storage water, which will enable villages and towns to receive their drinking water. However, we would still like the local bodies to preserve water.”