PM Modi To Inaugurate World's 2nd Biggest Dam On His Birthday

India Prime Minister Modi inaugurates controversial dam project

India Prime Minister Modi inaugurates controversial dam project  17 Sep 2017- 13:23

"Tomorrow Sardar Sarovar Dam will be dedicated to the nation".

Accusing the opposition Congress of delaying the Sardar Sarovar project, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said: "Before 2014, the UPA government did not give permission for seven years to install gates on the dam".

September 17 also happens to be the birthday of PM Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will tomorrow inaugurate the world's second biggest dam - Sardar Sarovar Dam - almost six decades after its foundation stone was laid.

The power generated by the dam will be reportedly used by three states - Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

This dam, being constructed on the Narmada river, will be the second largest dam in the world.

The Prime Minister will visit two of his favourite projects on his birthday - the Sardar Sarovar Dam Project and the Statue of Unity being built in the memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Over 80 Narmada Raths have been taken out across the state to spread awareness on the project's importance. The construction work was suspended in 1996, after the National Basketball Association activists obtained a stay order from the Supreme Court, which highlighted environmental and rehabilitation issues.

The Narmada Control Authority had ordered the gates of the Sardar Sarovar Project be shut on June 16 after which the height of the dam was increased from 121.92 metres to 138 metres; storage capacity was raised to 4.73 million cubic metres (MCM) from the existing 1.27 million cubic metres.

Opposing the closure of gates and demanding proper rehabilitation, Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar and project-affected people continued their protest at Chota Barda in Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday, said Ali, speaking to reporters here.

Later, Prime Minister will visit Amreli to inaugurate a new market yard of APMC.

Thereafter, the PM will attend the closing ceremony of "Narmada Mahotsav", and address a gathering at Dabhoi.

The project has been mired in several controversies ever since its foundation stone was laid. While the BJP government has embarked on a Narmada Yatra since September 6 to celebrate the Centre's nod to close the dam's gates, the Congress blamed the successive BJP government for delaying the project completion.

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