As Gujarat experiences heavy rainfall, the water level in the Narmada dam is rising, and the surface has reached 135.29 meters. Given that the maximum range of Narmada Dam is 138.68, any further addition to the water level might become a problem for the neighbouring villages.
Thus, the authorities have opened all gates of the dam. Currently, 3 lakh cusecs of water have flown into the river, and 45 thousand cusecs of water have been released by generating electricity from six turbines at Riverbed Powerhouse. Further, the authorities have also alerted the villages about the heavy river flow.
The district administrations of Dabhoi, Shinor, and Karajan have also been alerted about the opening of the dam gates. They have also instructed the fishermen’s community to stay away from the river. Moreover, a National Disaster Response Force team is ready for an emergency-like situation.
The district officials have shifted around nine people from Nanderia village to a safer place. In Madhya Pradesh, water in Narmada Dam may increase due to continuous rains in Bhopal, Narmadapuram, Jabalpur, Guna, Shivpuri, and Sagar districts. Thus, the water release from Madhya Pradesh dams was around 3,33,056 cusecs. However, the water level is also increasing with the continuous release of water from the upstream Omkareshwar dam.
The authorities have already alerted seven villages in the Dabhoi district. On Malhar Rao Ghat of Vadodara, water has been brimming to the top.