Bhopal, May 20, 2018 (Ataullah Faizan): While water in most rivers of the state seems to have receded in this season, the constant flow of the state’s lifeline Narmada is satisfying and soothing to the eyes. The pictures of the flow of Narmada taken at different places on May 14, 2018, are witness that Narmada is keeping up the responsibility of being the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh. The stored water in big dams such as Rani Avanti Bai Lodhi Sagar, Indira Sagar and Omkareshwar built on the river Narmada, are the main sources of this continuous flow of Narmada. In this hour of crisis, Narmada is proving to be a reliable base of irrigation and drinking water. Simultaneously, Narmada is also providing protection to the lives of animals in rural areas nearby besides innumerable wild animals. This uninterrupted flow of Narmada at the time of water crisis is self proven evidence of the need for big dams. It may be noted that Amarkantak resting on Mekal ranges in Anuppur district of the state is the origin of the Narmada. From here Narmada flows through Khambat bay to Arabian Sea in Gujarat covering 1312 kms.
After its origin, Narmada runs through a distance of 1077 km in Madhya Pradesh, flowing through Anuppur, Dindori, Mandla, Jabalpur, Narsinghpur, Harda, Hoshangabad, Khandwa, Khargone and Badwani districts of the state. The total basin area of Narmada is 98 thousand 796 square kilometre. About 85 thousand 859 square kilometer basin area is in Madhya Pradesh, which is 87 percent of the total basin area. Narmada has hundreds of supporting rivers, but 39 of its tributaries the watershed area of which is more than 500 square kilometers are found in Narmada within the boundaries of Madhya Pradesh.
The main tributaries of Narmada are Silgi, balai, Gour, Hiran, Biranj, Tendoni, Barna, Kolar, Sip, Jamner, Chankeshar, Khari, Kanar, Choral, Karam, Maan, Uri, Hathni, Kharmer, Dudhi, Chota Tawa, Budhner, Sukhri, Kaveri, Banjar, Tawa, Khirkiya, Temur, Hather, Kundi, Soner, Ganjal, Borad, Sher, Ajnal, Deb, Shakkar, Machak and Goi.