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Guj begins using Sardar Sarovar Dam dead water for drinking

Press Trust of India  |  Vadodara 

has started using the dead water of the at Kevadia, about 100 kilometres from here, since yesterday to meet the state's drinking water requirements, JN said.

told that the move follows a directive by the which on February 9 allowed the state to use the dam's dead water if the water levels dropped below 110.64 metres.

"Now there is no problem as far as drinking water is concerned in the state," he said.

He informed that the storage in the had fallen by 45 per cent, the lowest in the last 15 years, mainly due to a poor monsoon in

Besides and Madhya Pradesh, and are the project's two other beneficiary states.

"Usually, receives about 9 million acre feet (MAF) of water. Of this, 0.20 MAF is supplied for industrial use. However, this year, the state has received only 4.71 MAF water and we have limited the water for industrial use to 0.06 MAF," said.

"The drinking water allocation remains intact and the remaining is for irrigation," Singh added.

He said that a 1450 mega watt hydro-electric power station on the dam had been shut in order to use the water solely for drinking purposes.

As much as 57% of generated by the dam is supplied to Madhya Pradesh, 27% to and 16% to Gujarat.

SS Rathore, of the (SSNNL) told that it would continue to provide water for irrigation till March 15 as per the norms of the Sardar Sarovar Reservoir Regulatory Committee.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, February 21 2018. 18:00 IST