Sardar Sarovar Dam, Songadh
Categories: Dams, Nature & Parks
The Sardar Sarovar Dam is a gravity dam on the Narmada river near Navagam, Gujarat in India. It is the largest dam and part of the Narmada Valley Project, a large hydraulic engineering project involving the construction of a series of large irrigation and hydroelectric multi-purpose dams on the Narmada river. The project took form in 1979 as part of a development scheme to increase irrigation and produce hydroelectricity.One of the 30 dams planned on river Narmada, Sardar Sarovar Dam (SSD) is the largest structure to be built. Following a number of controversial cases before the Supreme Court of India (1999, 2000, 2003), by 2014 the Narmada Control Authority had approved a series of changes in the final height – and the associated displacement caused by the increased reservoir, from the original 80m to a final 163m from foundation. The project will irrigate more than 18000km2, most of it in drought prone areas of Kutch and Saurashtra.The dam's main power plant houses six 200 MW Francis pump-turbines to generate electricity and include a pumped-storage capability. Additionally, a power plant on the intake for the main canal contains five 50 MW Kaplan turbine-generators. The total installed capacity of the power facilities is 1,450 MW. Its final configuration is the second largest concrete gravity dam (by volume) after Grand Coulee Dam in the US and has the world's third largest spillway discharging capacity.To visit Sardar Sarovar Dam on your holiday in Songadh, and find out what else Songadh has to offer, use our Songadh itinerary planner.
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Getting to this place is a long drive but it is fully worth it. The height of the dam is imposing and the huge reservoir of water behind it is overwhelming. The downstream side of the dam has been wel... read more »
We needed to drive over 350 kms. from Indore to reach this attraction, but it was absolutely worth the long drive. The Foundation Stone of this gigantic Dam was laid by Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru wa... read more »
It's nearly 3 hours drive from Ahmadabad. Entry closes 6 pm. Nice view of overflowing dam in monsoon. Different view points to see dam and it's back side reservoir.for entry photo copy of I card of on... read more »
Height (foundation): 163 m (535 ft) Length : 1,210 m (3,970 ft) Spillway capacity: 84,949 m3/s (2,999,900 cu ft/s) Reservoir Total capacity : 9,500,000,000 m3 (7,701,775 acre·ft) Active capacity: 5,800,000,000 m3 (4,702,137 acre·ft) Catchment area: 88,000 km2 (34,000 sq mi) Surface area: 375.33 km2 (144.92 sq mi) Max. length: 214 km (133 mi) Max. width :1.77 km (1.10 mi) Normal elevation: 138 m (453 ft) Power station Operator(s): Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited Commission date: June 2006 Turbines Dam: 6 x 200 MW Francis pump-turbine Canal: 5 x 50 MW Kaplan-type Installed capacity: 1,450 MW
Huge capacity hydro power station. Very well maintained. The gardens and the view all together create a nice picnic spot. Very nice place for one time visit.
Dr. Keyur Patel
Nice place to visit Best time to visit place: overflowing dam in monsoon
A World class Dam structure
One of the biggest projects and working successfully and providing electricity, water and other resources to the nation.
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