56 yrs on, PM will dedicate Narmada dam on his b’day
Gandhinagar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation on his birthday on Sunday. The dam will be inaugurated 56 years after its foundation was laid by then PM Jawaharlal Nehru. It was finally completed on June 17 with the dam height raised to 138.68 metres.
The completion of the dam, expedited by the PMO since December 2014, is BJP’s political plank in Gujarat, where assembly elections will be held later this year.
The height of the dam was recently raised to 138.68 metres, facilitating a usable storage of 4.73 million acre feet (MAF). This will greatly benefit the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Irrigation from the project is expected to benefit about 10 lakh farmers and supply of drinking water will cover a population of about four crores. On Sunday he will also visit his mother.