PM Modi dedicates Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation

On his 67th birthday, PM Modi to dedicate Narmada Dam to nation

The foundation stone of Sardar Sarovar Dam was originally laid by former PM Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru six decades ago on April 5, 1961, while the construction could start in 1987.

During his second visit within a week to the poll-bound State, Modi paid tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Dr BR Ambedkar.

The Prime Minister who arrived in the state on Saturday night, took the blessings of his mother Heeraba Modi near state capital Gandhinagar and went straight to the Narmada dam site in Kevadia.

The official said the 1.2-km-long dam which is 163 metres deep has till date produced 4,141 crore units of electricity from its two power houses - river bed powerhouse and canal head powerhouse - with an installed capacity of 1,200 MW and 250 MW, respectively.

The Sardar Sarovar project is being called the biggest dam project owing to the amount of concrete used in it. "But India too had decided that World Bank or no World Bank, we would build the Sardar Sarovar Dam", he added.

Under the Modi government, Mr. Shah said, honest taxpayers, a majority of whom belonged to the middle class, felt they were valued following crackdowns against black money and corruption through various measures, including demonetisation and the benami law. But, we were determined that the project will continue.




"The World Bank said it would not fund the project", the Prime Minister said in his address at a public meeting in Dabhoi, an hour's drive from Ahmedabad, after the dam's inauguration.

The Prime Minister said lack of water resources has been a major impediment to development.

The prime minister, who had earlier dedicated the dam to the nation on his 67th birthday, said "Sardar Sarovar will become a symbol of India's new and emerging power and propel growth in the region...the project is an engineering miracle".

"As Gujarat Chief Minister, I visited a BSF post and saw they had no drinking water".

The Jal Satyagraha began on Friday on the Narmada river banks where water level is rising consistently.

The increase in height - from 121.92 metre to 138.68 metre - led to the dam's storage capacity going up almost four times, to 4.73 million acre feet, greatly benefiting the state, besides neighbouring Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. But the government data says that only 18,386 families would be affected in the state.

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