Modi to ded­i­cate Nar­mada dam to nation

The height of the dam was re­cently raised to 138.68 me­tres

Gulf News - - India -

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi will be in his na­tive Gu­jarat on his 67th birthday to­day to ded­i­cate the Sar­dar Sarovar Dam to the nation and ad­dress two ral­lies.

He is also ex­pected to visit his mother Heer­aben Modi, a tra­di­tion he has been fol­low­ing over the years.

Modi 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.

While the 182-me­tre Statue of Unity is a pro­ject con­ceived by Modi, he has also been con­sis­tently in favour of in­creas­ing the height of the Sar­dar Sarovar Dam.

The height of the dam was re­cently raised to 138.68 me­tres.

An of­fi­cial re­lease said the in­crease in the dam height will fa­cil­i­tate a us­able stor­age So­cial ac­tivist Medha Patkar and 37 vil­lagers have been stand­ing in neck-deep wa­ters on the banks of the Nar­mada river in a vil­lage in Mad­hya Pradesh (MP) to de­mand the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of fam­i­lies af­fected by the Sar­dar Sarovar Dam (SSD), which will be in­au­gu­rated by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi to­day on his 67th birthday.

As the BJP gov­ern­ment in Gu­jarat plans a big bash to cel­e­brate Modi’s birthday at SSD when he will ded­i­cate the dam to the nation, “Patkar, with 30 women and seven men, con­tinue to stand in neck-deep wa­ter in the Chota Barda vil­lage in MP to protest against the gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure in fully re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing or pay­ing com­pen­sa­tion to the dam-af­fected fam­i­lies,” said Bi­lal Khan, an ac­tivist of the Nar­mada Bachao An­dolan (NBA).

The Nar­mada Con­trol Au­thor­ity had or­dered 30 gates of the Sar­dar Sarovar Pro­ject to be shut on June 16 to al­low for the height of the dam to be in­creased from 122 me­tres to 138 me­tres. Modi will in­au­gu­rate the pro­ject after the open­ing of the 30 gates.

Khan said, “Wa­ter from Indira Sa­gar and Omkaresh­war dams [is] be­ing re­leased and is ex­pected to in­un­date the banks and the sur­round­ing ar­eas. But Medha and oth­ers will con­tinue with their protest even though the wa­ter is ris­ing.” of 4.73 mil­lion acre feet and will greatly ben­e­fit the par­tic­i­pat­ing states of Gu­jarat, Ra­jasthan, Mad­hya Pradesh and Ma­ha­rash­tra.

It said 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 one mil­lion farm­ers and drink­ing wa­ter to be sup­plied to var­i­ous vil­lages and towns is likely to ben­e­fit up to 40 mil­lion peo­ple,” the re­lease said.

The pro­ject has been de­scribed as one of the big­gest hu­man en­deav­ours for wa­ter trans­port. Up to a bil­lion units of hy­dropower are also ex­pected to be gen­er­ated an­nu­ally.

From the dam site, the prime min­is­ter will travel to Sadhu Bet, where the Statue of Unity, an iconic statue and as­so­ci­ated me­mo­rial com­plex for Sar­dar Val­lab­hb­hai Pa­tel, is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion.

“The prime min­is­ter will be given an over­view of the progress of work on this pro­ject. The pro­ject com­prises a 182-me­tre-tall statue, an ex­hi­bi­tion hall, a me­mo­rial gar­den, and a vis­i­tor cen­tre,” the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice said.

Modi will at­tend the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the Nar­mada Ma­hot­sav and ad­dress the gath­er­ing at Dab­hoi.

He will lay the foun­da­tion stone for the Na­tional Tribal Free­dom Fight­ers’ Mu­seum dur­ing the event.

The prime min­is­ter will later visit Am­reli, where he will in­au­gu­rate a new mar­ket yard of APMC. He will also in­au­gu­rate new plants of Amar Dairy, and lay the foun­da­tion stone of a honey pro­duc­tion cen­tre. He will ad­dress a Sa­hakar Sam­me­lan at Am­reli.

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