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Chronology of events
1963 Proposal for construction of high dam mooted
1965 MP opposes Khosla Committee recommendations of Dam with 455
1965-68 Government negotiates to resolve issue amicably
1969 Narmada Water Dispute Tribunal comes into play. Issue referred
to the tribunal
1979 Ten years later NWDT fixes FRL at 138.68 m
1983 Government of Gujarat submits Narmada Project Report to the
1985 Anti-dam lobby, headed by Medha Patker, enters the scene to
oppose the Dam
1987 Centre grants environment and forest clearance 1988
Investment clearance by Planning Commission cleared
1990 Pro- and anti-Dam lobbies confront at Ferkuan, at the border
of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh
1991 Japan cancels loan and World Bank withdraws support
1994 Madhya Pradesh proposes reducing dam height to 436 ft
1995 Construction of 80 m completed. Further construction stopped
by SC order
1999 Further construction upto 88 m allowed though an interim order
Main canal Rs.
Distribution System Rs.
Power generation Rs.
Total cost Rs.
Revised estimates Rs.
Estimated to cost Rs.
at current price
Water ( Drinking
and Irrigation )
and Power Situation
Hydro power 1450
MWs to be shared
Maharashtra 18,00,000Hects 75,000
Hects 37,500 Hects 0132
It will only be after the dam attains a height of 110 m that the planned
17.93 lakh hectares, in 3360 villages of 62 talukas of 14 districts, will
be irrigated. Even the drinking water would reach the thirsty areas only
after the dam height reaches 95 m and the entire canal work is completed.
Till now, of the 458 km, only 263 km have been completed. Work on the
23 branches in phase I has already been completed while 19 branches of
phase II is on hand. A provision of 1,300 crore has already been made
in the state budget for the year 2000 - 2001.
Uma Shankar Shukla
will be providing a weekly health
guide for the