PM to dedicate Narmada dam project today

People protest against displacement by the Sardar Sarovar Dam project

Explaining the characteristics of the Sardar Sarovar project, a senior official associated with it said it is the biggest dam in terms of volume of concrete used in it. Modi will visit the site of "Statue of Unity", created to be the world's highest, being built to commemorate Sardar Patel's contribution in uniting 565 erstwhile princely states at the time of India's Independence.

The filling of reservoir with water should be stopped immediately and the dam's gates should remain open so as to reduce the water level, she demanded.

The Narmada Control Authority had ordered the gates of the Sardar Sarovar Project be shut on June 16 after which the height of the dam was increased from 121.92 metres to 138 metres; storage capacity was raised to 4.73 million cubic metres (MCM) from the existing 1.27 million cubic metres.

For Prime Minister Narendra Modi's grand welcome, Dabhoi in Gujarat is decorated with fluorescent lights.

He also said that with the inauguration of the project, over 18 lakh hectares of land in the state would be benefitted with irrigation as Narmada water will flow to over 9,000 villages of Gujarat through a canal network. The dam is almost 1.2-km-long and is 163 metres deep.

Four states - Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh - will benefit from the project. About 57 percent of the electricity produced from the dam goes to Maharashtra, while Madhya Pradesh gets 27 per cent and Gujarat gets 16 per cent.

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Meanwhile, there have been protests by the displaced people, demanding rehabilitation from the government. He will also lay the foundation stone for National Tribal Freedom Fighters' Museum during the event.

The protesters led by Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar said the inhabitants of Narmada valley and their supporters would continue to challenge the unjustified submergence.

It was only after the Supreme Court gave an order in October 2000 in favour of construction of the dam that work had resumed.

Earlier in the day, people affected by the project had staged a "Jal Satyagaraha" at Chota Barda village.

Modi will announce the completion of the construction work by closing the dam gates in Kevadia Colony in south Gujarat on Sunday. "And after Modiji became Prime Minster, the permission was granted in 17 days".

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