Modi's 'gift to the nation' can submerge 192 villages in MP


After dedicating Sardar Sarovar dam to the country, the Prime Minister also visited Amreli where he inaugurated a market yard in the district spread over 45 acres.

The foundation stone of Sardar Sarovar Dam was originally laid by former PM Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru six decades ago on April 5, 1961, while the construction could start in 1987.

The dam built on the Narmada river was first conceived in 1946 as part of the Narmada Valley Development Plan. The power generated from the dam will be shared by Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat, the report said.

Gadkari signed off by congratulating the people of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra, who will benefit from the project.

The dam ran into legal challenges starting 1995, when activist Medha Patkar of the Narmada Bachao Andolan petitioned the Supreme Court against the project.

Let's take a quick look at this structure which took 56 years to be built, and is known as Gujarat's lifeline. "The water level is continuously rising after the release of large amount of water from unfilled dams just to celebrate the Narmada Mahotsav on Modi's birthday", they said. "I will live for your dreams, I will die for your dreams", he roared at the mammoth event that coincided with his 67th birthday. The party's media in-charge Randeep Surjewala said that "Modi had indulged in the misconceived electoral hype, hyperbole and hoopla by yet again inaugurating the Sardar Sarovar Dam".

Mr Modi said, Sardar Sarovar Dam faced so many obstacles, but they were determined that the project will go on.

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Further giving the details of the hurdles faced to complete the project Modi said that earlier the World Bank who had agreed to fund the project, later denied on the grounds of environmental concerns.

"In the past, the inauguration of a project meant people were forgotten and left to fend for themselves".

The Prime Minister continued talking about the project saying it sets new records and new benchmarks.

It was finally facilitated after he became the Prime Minister as Narmada Control Authority granted permission to raise height from 121.92 metres to 138.68 metres by erecting sluice gates over the dam on Modi's 17th day as Prime Minister on June 12, 2014.

Environmentalists vehemently opposed the project, and in 1988, scores of scientists and social workers petitioned Gandhi to reconsider the decision.

According a senior official involved with the project, the dam has minted Rs. 16,000 crore till date, which is double the money which was used to construct the dam.