Narmada River valley is the largest west flowing river and also known as the Life Line of Madhya Pradesh. There are 30 major dams,135 medium dams and around 3000 minor dam projects are proposed along with long canals on the Narmada Basin by NVDA.
Narmada River is one of the longest river in Indian subcontinent,flows entirely within India. It originates from small kund known as Narmada Kund in Amarkantak and draining through the Gulf of Khambhat into the Arabian Sea, near the Bharuch city of Gujarat. It is one of only three major rivers that run from east to west,the Tapti River and the Mahi River are the other two.
The Sardar Sarovar Dam is the part of the Narmada Valley Project and one of the Five Biggest Dam of India, located near Songadh in Gujarat. Sardar Sarovar Dam is a 163 meters high gravity dam across the Narmada River with the Installed capacity of 1,450 MW. It is one of the most controversial dam project of India in terms of environmental impact,Height and Rehabilititation.
The Indirasagar Dam is the major and key project of Narmada River Valley Project at Narmadanagar in the Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh. Indirasagar Dam is a multi-purpose concrete gravity dam with 92 meters height and 653 meters long dam to generate 1,000 MW. Indira Sagar Reservoir is the largest reservoir in India followed by Gobindsagar Reservoir of Bhakra Dam.
The Omkareshwar Dam is one of the major down stream dam of Indira Sagar Project,lies along the bank for the Narmada and Kaveri. Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga,one of the 12 Jyotirlinga is situated on the confluence of river Narmada and Kaveri.
Maheshwar is one of the planned large dams on the Narmada Valley to provide 400 MW electricity. The town of Maheshwar is situated in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh on the bank of Narmada River and famous its Maheshwar fort,Rammandir,Ahalya fort and Ek Mukhi Datta Temple.
Bargi Dam is one of the first completed dam of Narmada River Valley Project in Madhya Pradesh. Two major projects of Bargi Dam are named as Bargi Diversion and Rani Avantibai Lodhi Sagar Project for irrigation purpose.
The Maan dam is one of the biggest project in the Narmada Valley Development Project, built on the river Maan in Dhar district in Madhya Pradesh. River Maan is one of the tributaries of Narmada river.
Jobat Dam is located in Alirajpur distric of Madhya Pradesh, across the river Hathni a tributary of the Narmada river. The gravity dam is one of the most recently completed dams in the Narmada Valley Project.
Tawa Dam is build across the Tawa river in Hoshangabad District of Madhya Pradesh. Tawa Reservoir is one of the major tourist attraction of the city during the monsoon season and offers views of Satpura National Park and Bori Wildlife Sanctuary.
Other major dams and ongoing projects of Narmada Valley Development are Kolar Dam,Sukta Dam,Barna Dam,Punasa lift, Goi Dam and Upper Beda Dam.
Narmada Canal brings water from the Sardar Sarovar Dam and bless the farmers of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Narmada Canal Main Canal is 74 km long in Rajasthan, one of the longest canal and other canal network of Narmada canals are runs across the entire state of Gujarat.
It is first ever such project in India, launched by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, situated on the one of the Narmada branch canal near Chandrasan village. Solar panels are installed over the Canals generate to generate electricity as well to reduces the evaporation.