PM to ded­i­cate Nar­mada dam to na­tion to­day

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Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi will ded­i­cate to the na­tion the Sar­dar Sarovar Dam ( pic­tured) on the Nar­mada on Sun­day, de­scribed as Gu­jarat’s life­line by BJP lead­ers, at an event co­in­cid­ing with his 67th birth­day. The foun­da­tion stone of the dam was laid on April 5, 1961, by the coun­try’s first Prime Min­is­ter Jawa­har­lal Nehru. How­ever, it took 56 years to com­plete its con­struc­tion.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi will ded­i­cate to the na­tion the Sar­dar Sarovar Dam on the Nar­mada on Sun­day, de­scribed as Gu­jarat’s life­line by Bharatiya Janata Party lead­ers, at an event co­in­cid­ing with his 67th birth­day.

The foun­da­tion stone of the dam was laid on April 5, 1961, by the coun­try’s first prime min­is­ter Jawa­har­lal Nehru. How­ever, it took 56 years to com­plete its con­struc­tion. Modi will ar­rive here tonight, and seek bless­ings of his mother Hiraba to­mor­row morn­ing.

His visit, which has added sig­nif­i­cance as the As­sem­bly elec­tions are due in Gu­jarat by year-end, is the sec­ond in less than a week after he hosted Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe here and launched the Bul­let train project.

“To­mor­row Sar­dar Sarovar Dam will be ded­i­cated to the na­tion. This project will ben­e­fit lakhs of farm­ers and help ful­fil people’s as­pi­ra­tions,” Modi tweeted on Satur­day.

Mean­while, the Gu­jarat Congress has claimed the project is not com­plete and canals of 43,000 km length were yet to be built.

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