PM Modi inaugurates Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat on his b'day

PM Modi inaugurates Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat on his b'day

State-run SAIL announced on Sunday that it has supplied 80 per cent of the steel used for the construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam Project on the Narmada river that was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "When there was shortage of funds, even the temples of Gujarat came to the fore and blessed us with donations", the Prime Minister said, while addressing the gathering in Dabhoi.

"Our loss will be a loss for the people fighting across the country, opposing displacement, submergence and forcible evictions - all in the name of development", it said and appealed to everyone to join their struggle.

President Ram Nath Kovind too greeted the people of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh on completion of Sardar Sarovar Dam, by mentioning that it fulfilled a dream. The World Bank, he said, alleged the dam would ruin the environment. I don't think small, don't do small.

The dam is expected to provide water to 9,000 villages and the power generated will be shared among the three states. In this context, Modi said he would live for people's dreams and would die for their dreams. "We are working to overcome these shortages so that both parts of India develop and India scales new heights of development", he said.

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On the other hand, activist Medha Patkar continued to lead Jal Satyagraha in the rising waters of Narmada at Chota Barda Ghat in Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh.

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A total of 1.8 million hectares of land across 3,125 villages would be irrigated with Narmada dam waters, with flood control benefits in 30,000 hectares.

The "same World Bank was compelled to give the state a Green Award" following the Gujarat government's rehabilitation work after the 2001 quake in Kutch, said Modi.

So far, the 1.2km-long dam with a depth of 163 metres has produced 4,141 crore units of electricity from its two powerhouses, the river bed powerhouse with a capacity of 1,200 MW and the canal head powerhouse with a capacity of 250 MW. However, the court allowed resumption of work in October 2000. The great leader had identified the necessity of Gujarat and its people.

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

Subsequently, the dam's height went up from 121.92 metres to 138.68 metres, taking it to its full height.

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