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Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Interesting facts about Sardar Sarovar Dam

Interesting facts about Sardar Sarovar Dam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the occasion of his 68 birthday on Sunday, inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the river Narmada.

Asserting that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel would have been happy to see the Sardar Sarovar Dam being inaugurated, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the dam project faced many obstacles, but his government was committed that the project should go on.

The foundation of the dam, commonly referred to as the lifeline of Gujarat, was laid on April 5, 1961 by the country's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

The dam was first operational in 2006, but the construction work has lasted up till now due to some legal complications and upgrade plans. In 2015, Patkar revealed details about the Sardar Sarovar dam rehabilitation scam, which showed financial irregularities of about Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 crores.

After the closure of dam's gates began in July, the water level has constantly been rising in the Barwani and Dhar districts in Madhya Pradesh.

An official of Madhya Pradesh's Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) said according to the official figure, 23,614 families were affected by the dam in the four districts of Madhya Pradesh.

The dam is expected to provide water to 9,000 villages and the power generated will be shared among the three states. "It seems the way the PM has dedicated the SSP dam he considers himself chief minister of Gujarat who has eyes of the ensuing assembly elections over there", said Yadav.

Speaking at a public meeting almost 60 km from Sardar Sarovar Dam site at Dabhoi town situated near the tribal-dominated area, Modi said apart from Sardar Patel another great leader Babasaheb Ambedkar too had envisaged the need for water revolution in the country.

Narendra Modi said that starting projects is all very fine, but the most important thing is to ensure they get completed.

"The Congress had prepared a work schedule in such a way that the entire dam construction and canal network would have been completed by 2000".

He said he had never indulged into politicking over the Narmada dam since it satiates the thirst of "lakhs of mothers, who used to trek kilometres, tribals who had to migrate far away, jawans at the borders in parched regions, mute cattle who had strut hundreds of kilometers for water and poor farmers".

The height of the dam was recently raised to 138.68 metres, which will allow maximum "usable storage" of 4.73 million acre feet of water. The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), led by social activist Medha Patkar, has been protesting against the project, raising several environmental concerns.

At a large public meeting in Dabhoi, the Prime Minister unveiled a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone of the National Tribal Freedom Fighters' Museum.

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