30 Oct 2020: PIB Summary & Analysis

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1. 15th Finance Commission
2. Sardar Sarovar Dam

1. 15th Finance Commission

Context:

The 15th Finance Commission concludes deliberations.

To know more about the 15th Finance Commission, click on the linked article.


2. Sardar Sarovar Dam

Context:

Prime Minister inaugurates dynamic lighting of the Sardar Sarovar Dam.

About the Sardar Sarovar Dam:

  • It is a concrete gravity dam on the Narmada river in Kevadiya near Navagam, Gujarat.
  • Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan receive water and electricity supplied from the dam.
  • Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had laid the foundation stone for the project in 1961. However, the construction of the project was started only in 1987.
  • It was funded by the World Bank through its International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), although it withdrew in 1994.
  • It is a 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.
  • It is the second-largest concrete dam in the world in terms of the volume of concrete used to construct the dam.
  • The project was a controversial one because many people objected to the construction of the dam citing environmental issues and the displacement of people.
  • The Narmada Bachao Andolan was formed in order to protest against the project.
  • The Supreme Court stalled the project in 1995.
  • In 2000–01 the project was revived but with a lower height of 110.64 metres under directions from the SC, which was later increased in 2006 to 121.92 meters and 138.98 meters in 2017.
  • The dam was inaugurated in 2017 by Prime Minister Modi.

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