Sardar Sarovar Dam: Facts that will blow your mind!

  • | Sunday | 6th June, 2021

Sardar Sarovar Dam is built on the Narmada river in Gujarat. It is the world`s second-biggest concrete gravity dam after America`s Grand Coulee. Let us read some interesting and unknown facts about the Sardar Sarovar Dam.

On 17 September 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Sardar Sarovar Dam.

6.8 million cubic meter volume of concrete used in making of this gigantic Dam of 1.21 km length & 163m height. A two-lane (7 meter wide) concrete road of 17cm thickness can be built between New York & London (5585 km).

It is the second-largest dam in the world and it is the third highest concrete dam in India. 6.8 million Cubic meters of concrete used in the making of Sardar Sarovar Dam. 27 Burj Khalifa at UAE (Tallest building in the world) can be built with that quantity of Concrete!

#SardarSarovar main canal-458 Km long world’s largest concrete-lined canal with discharge capacity 40000 cusecs. Can store 220 Billion Ltrs of water, enough to meet the drinking water needs of New York City for 2 months

30 Radial Gates on Sardar Sarovar Dam, each weighing 450 tons, Equivalent to the weight of 150 elephants, to regulate water flow upstream. Figuratively 4500 elephants are sitting on top of the spillway of the dam with 30 lac cusec discharge capacity. Just a perspective on the gigantic size of Dam!!

Around 800,000 hectares of land in Gujarat and approx 2,46,000 hectares of land in Rajasthan are irrigated by the water of the dam.  It is said that it provides drinking water to 131 towns and cities and around 9,633 villages in the four states. It also provides water for irrigation and for drinking purposes. It provides flood protection to an area of about 30,000 hectares. Wildlife sanctuaries will also be benefited.

Sardar Sarovar Dam has two powerhouses -- river bed powerhouse and canal head powerhouse. The two powerhouses have an installed capacity of 1,200 MW and 250 MW respectively.

According to the media, reports dam has earned Rs 16,000 crore, which is twice the value of its construction cost.

So, these are interesting and unknown facts about the Sardar Sarovar Dam.


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