PM Modi to mark birthday by inaugurating world's second largest dam

On his 67th birthday, PM Modi to dedicate Narmada Dam to nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will spend his 67th birthday in his native Gujarat on Sunday and dedicate the Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation, amid protests and allegations of little work done on it, and to address two rallies, landed here late Saturday evening.

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.

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.

Also called the Narmada dam, it will be the second biggest dam in the world after the Grand Coulee Dam in the United States of America.

The dam has storage capacity of 4.73 million cubic metres. According to the SSNL officials, the power generated from the dam would be shared among three states - Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Meanwhile, there have been protests by the displaced people, demanding rehabilitation from the government.

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The construction of the dam was not exactly smooth. He will also lay the foundation stone for National Tribal Freedom Fighters' Museum during the event.

The court allowed resumption of work in October 2000.

Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar is holding a "jal satyagrah" along with 40 other women at Barda village in Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh alleging that state government has compromised the interests of its people by releasing water from Indira Sagar and Omkareshawar dams to ensure that the Sardar Sarovar dam has water till optimum level on September 17, when PM Narendra Modi will dedicate it to the nation.

The current height of the dam is 138 metres that makes it the biggest structure ever made in the country.

Parmeshwaran Iyer, Drinking water and sanitation secretary, had earlier said the "Seva Diwas" campaign would see large-scale mobilisation of people from all walks of life, including the PM, Union ministers, chief ministers and parliamentarians, to undertake "shramdaan" for cleanliness and construction of toilets and to make their surroundings free from open defecation.

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