Narender Modi Sardar Sarovar Dam Inauguration and Birthday
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Today is the Birthday of Narender Modi, our honourable Prime Minister. and Modi’s Birthday to be observed as ‘Sewa Diwas’.
Narendra Modi was born to Damodardas Mulchand Modi and Hiraben in a family of grocers in Mehsana district of the then Bombay State.
To celebrate the 67th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Bharatiya Janata Party observed ‘Seva Diwas’ today across the country with party leaders attending medical camps, blood donation events, and taking part in cleanliness drives.
On his 67th birthday, PM Modi was at an event at the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat on the river Narmada’s Kevadi. He dedicated the Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani were among the dignitaries present on the occasion.
“The World Bank said it would not fund the project,” the Prime Minister said in his address at a public meeting in Dabhoi, an hour’s drive from Ahmedabad, after the dam’s inauguration. The World Bank, he said, alleged the dam would ruin the environment. “It did all it can to ensure India cannot have such a mega project… But India too had decided that World Bank or no World Bank, we would build the Sardar Sarovar Dam,” he added.
“I have knowledge (‘kacha chittha‘) of everyone who tried to stall this project, but I will not name them as I do not want to go on that route,” the Prime Minister added.
The dam’s foundation stone was laid as far back as April 5, 1961 by former PM Jawaharlal Nehru. However, it took 56 years to complete its construction. The dam is the highest one ever built in India. The massive statistics, as listed by IANS, show that the dam is 1.2-km-long dam and 163 metres deep. Till date, it has produced as much as 4,141 crore units of electricity. It has two powerhouses, one is the river bed powerhouse and the other is the canal head powerhouse. Their installed capacity is 1,200 MW and 250 MW.
After the inauguration at the dam site at Kevadia, PM Modi went to Sadhu Bet, an island in the Narmada river where a 182-metre tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, billed as a ‘Statue of Unity’, and a memorial complex dedicated to the country’s first home minister are coming up.
Thereafter, the prime minister attended the closing ceremony of ‘Narmada Mahotsav’, and address a gathering at Dabhoi.
He also laid the foundation stone for National Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museum during the event.
PM Modi then visit Amreli in Saurashtra where he attended a host of programmes and address a public gathering.
SOURCE: The Hindu, Financialexpress, NDTVIndia, TimesofIndia
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