The Omkareshwar reservoir had been planted for first filling during March 2008. However, before the initial filling, assessment of Rabi crop coming submergence was required for compensation purposes, if required.

Inception of Omkareshwar Project dates back to year 1955, when CWPC prepared a report on hydroelectric potential of entire Narmada river and the project has been mentioned as "Barwaha". It was also seconded in Khosla Committee report in 1965.