Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

PM Modi to inaugurate Sardar Sarovar Dam on his b'day tomorrow

PM Modi to inaugurate Sardar Sarovar Dam on his b'day tomorrow

"The Prime Minister will dedicate the Sardar Sarovar project to the nation after opening the 30 gates installed in it, which were closed on the directions of the Narmada Control Authority on June 17 this year", Rupani said. Huge hoardings and banners dot the streets with pictures of PM Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 17, full 56 years after the foundation of the Sarovar dam was laid will dedicate it to the people of Gujarat. PM Modi's visit coincides with his 67th birthday and the project of Narmada Dam is also described as Gujarat's lifeline by BJP leaders.

It said that the project has helped transport the waters of the Narmada river to the water-deficient areas of Gujarat through an elaborate canal and pipeline network. "Irrigation from the project is expected to benefit about 10 lakh farmers, and drinking water to be supplied to various villages and towns is likely to benefit up to 4 crore people".

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PM Modi will also address a public rally at Dabhoi, about an hour from Ahmedabad.

The height of the dam was recently raised to over 138 meters increasing its usable storage capacity to over 4.7 million acre feet.

"The dam has earned over Rs 16,000 crore - more than double the cost of its construction", he said.

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The filling of reservoir with water should be stopped immediately and the dam's gates should remain open so as to reduce the water level, she demanded.

At several places on its route, the yatra faced hostile crowds protesting against the claims of the state government of providing Narmada dam waters across the parched regions of Gujarat. Gujarat is expected to get 16 percent share, Madhya Pradesh 27 percent and the remaining 57 percent will go to Maharashtra. Led by Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar, villagers affected by the project staged a "Jal Satyagaraha" protest at Chota Barda village in Dhar district, PTI reported. He will also lay the foundation stone for National Tribal Freedom Fighters' Museum during the event. In 1996, the construction work was suspended following a stay by the Supreme Court.

The current height of the dam is 138 metres that makes it the biggest structure ever made in the country.

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