Four Indian states, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra and Rajasthan, receive water and electricity supplied from the dam. The foundation stone of the project was laid out by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on April 5, The project took form in as part of a development scheme to increase irrigation and produce hydroelectricity.
His fascination with the system is such that he has a dedicated Vaastu advisor — Suddala Sudhakar Teja — who has drawn up the plan for the palatial building along with renowned Mumbai-based architects Hafeez Contractor.
Critics say, 40, families might lose their homes due to the dam. Activists demand that the dam 's gates be opened to reduce water level. The families should be rehabilitated or paid compensation: Your browser does not support this video Barwani, Madhya Pradesh: The protesters, led by Narmada Bachao Aandolan founder Medha Patkar, say that the water from the dam is likely to affect 40, families who might have to leave their homes that will be submerged.
Activists have been long demanding that the filling of the dam's reservoir with water be stopped immediately and the its gates remain open so as to reduce the water level.
The project has been ensnared in controversies ever since its foundation stone was laid in by the country's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The 'Jal Satyagraha' protest began on Friday on the banks of the Narmada River at Chota Barda village in Dhar, about km from Bhopal, where the water level is increasing gradually.
The waters have already submerged Nisarpur and historic Rajghat. This project will benefit lakhs of farmers and help fulfil people's aspirations," PM Modi had tweeted on Saturday.
This morning, bad weather forced the PM's chopper to land in Ahmedabad from where he travelled by road to Kevadia in Narmada district where he inaugurated the dam.
The story of the Sardar Sarovar Dam Aired: January - Duration: Ms Patkar has demanded that the families be rehabilitated or paid compensation.
This, she said, has not happened despite an order from the Supreme Court. Describing the development as "unfortunate", she demanded that the water supply in the dam be stopped till the rehabilitation is completed.
Narmada Bachao Andolan approached the Supreme Court over environmental and rehabilitation issues, and obtained a stay in The court allowed resumption of work in October with some restrictions. The government says 18, families would be affected in the state.
After inaugurating the dam today the Prime Minister said, "A massive misinformation campaign was launched against the dam project, which is an engineering miracle. It is expected to provide power and water to 9, villages in three states - Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
A video of the assault, showing two policemen thrashing the woman with batons, was widely circulated. In the evening, the police detained more than a dozen protesters who were trying to hold a march near the university premises. The students were let off later. Following the violence, the university advanced its holidays, instead of September Controversies surrounding dam projects, including environmental destruction and high price tags, have grown, especially in the last twenty years in developing countries.
Major dams are defined as dams higher than feet ( meters); large dams are those higher than 45 feet (15 meters). Of all places along Narmada district, Sardar Sarovar Dam is perhaps the most frequented.
Gujarat Tourism organizes one-day tour packages and weekend tour packages for people who would like to see the Sardar Sarovar Dam and its surrounding areas.
If completed, the Sardar Sarovar dam will be about feet high, submerge nearly 40, hectares of land and displace a quarter of a million people. Those who argue in the project's favour say it will supply water to 30 million people, and irrigate crops to feed another 20 million.
Politics of development over Sardar Sarovar Dam has put environmental concerns in the back seat Raising the dam height without completing the rehabilitation and resettlement procedures has clearly.
The work includes an introductory section focusing on the history of the project, the involvement of the different actors, the impacts on the local population, and a general analysis of the controversy surrounding it.
The Sardar Sarovar Dam Project: Selected Documents The Sardar Sarovar Project has been one of the most debated development projects of the past several .