Project at a Glance:

  • Estimated Cost - Rs. 392.4 billion (8 billion USD)
  • Main Dam - 1,210 m long, 163 m high from the deepest foundation level
    • World's Second Largest Concrete Gravity Dam (by volume) after Grand Coulee
    • World's Third Highest Spillway discharging capacity - 87,000 m3/second
  • Designed Live Storage Capacity of the Reservoir 5860 MCM (4.75 million acre feet)
  • Hydropower - 1,450 MW installed capacity (1 billion kWh every year)
  • Irrigation - 1.905 million Ha (1.8 million Ha. in Gujarat benefitting 1 million farmers)
  • Drinking Water - 9490 villages and 173 towns (29 million people)
  • Canal Network - Approximately 75,000 km length within Gujarat
    • Main Canal - 458.318 km long, capacity 1,133 m3/second, 633 structures
  • No. of Employees – 4673

It was the late Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel who conceived the idea of constructing a dam over the river Narmada in 1946-47 for the optimum use of Narmada waters for the welfare of the Nation.

Today The Sardar Sarovar Project is one of the largest water resources project of India covering four major states - Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujrat and Rajasthan. Dam's spillway discharging capacity 85000 cumec (30.0 lakhs cusecs) would be third highest in the world. With 1133 cumecs (40000 cusecs) capacity at the head regulator, and 532 km. length, the Narmada Main Canal would be the largest irrigation canal in the world.

The project will generate between 856 to 1007 million units per year of cheap and Eco-friendly, indigenous hydropower. Project would meet the drinking water needs of 9490 villages, 173 urban centers and benefits three sanctuaries.