PM Modi To Inaugurate World's 2nd Biggest Dam On His Birthday

Frederick Owens
September 17, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a folk artist during his visit to Mawphlang village in Mehgalaya in May 2016. Huge hoardings and banners dot the streets with pictures of PM Modi.

The Prime Minister will dedicate the Sardar Sarovar Dam project on the Narmada river to the Nation on 17th September during his visit to the state of Gujarat.

At several places on its route, the yatra faced hostile crowds protesting against the claims of the state government of providing Narmada dam waters across the parched regions of Gujarat.

The height of the dam was recently raised to over 138 meters increasing its usable storage capacity to over 4.7 million acre feet. There was also a strong buzz around Modi visiting hometown Vadnagar where a number of development works and infrastructure projects have been flagged off to be completed this year including a Rs 9-crore "face-lift" of the Vadnagar railway station.

Inspite of the project having been conceptualised in as early as 1946 and the foundation stone laid in 1961, it got delayed due to a plethora of reasons.

"Tomorrow Sardar Sarovar Dam will be dedicated to the nation".

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The Sardar Sarovar Project is also about pacifying the powerful Patidar community who have been demanding OBC status.

"It is the second biggest dam in the world after the Grand Coulee Dam in the United States", he said. The official said the 1.2-kmlong dam which is 163 metres deep has till date produced 4,141 crore units of electricity from its two power houses - river bed powerhouse and canal head powerhouse. The dam is also the biggest in terms of concrete used for construction. Each gate of the dam weighs over 450 tonnes and it takes one hour to close them.

According to the SSP official, the power generated from the dam would be shared among three states - Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

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.

The court allowed resumption of work in October 2000. However, the apex court had set a condition that permission to increase the dam height would be given in parts after the project-affected-people (PAP) are resettled or compensated.

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