PM Modi to spend his birthday on September 17 in Gujarat

A sand artist creates a sand sculpture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a message ‘Happy Birth Day Pradhan Sevak Modiji’ at Puri beach in Odisha

Later, the foundation stone for the Sardar Sarovar Project was laid by country's first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 5th April, 1961. Huge hoardings and banners dot the streets with pictures of PM Modi.

After the closure of the gates, the height of the dam was increased to 138 metres, with storage capacity raised to 4.73 million cubic metres (MCM) from the existing 1.27 million cubic metres. "Irrigation from the project is expected to benefit about 10 lakh farmers, and drinking water to be supplied to various villages and towns is likely to benefit up to 4 crore people".

Meanwhile, the Union government will observer Modi's birthday as "Seva Diwas (day of service)" across the nation and carry out a range of activities including building twin pit toilets, "shramdaan" or voluntary work and sanitation drives. Nearly 56 years after the foundation stone for the dam was laid by the then PM Jawaharlal Nehru, it will be inaugurated on September 17.

From the dam site, the Prime Minister will travel to Sadhu Bet, where the Statue of Unity, an iconic statue and associated memorial complex for Sardar Patel, is now under construction.

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 earned over Rs 16,000 crore - more than double the cost of its construction", he said. According to the SSNL officials, the power generated from the dam would be shared among three states - Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

57 per cent of the electricity produced from the dam goes to Maharashtra, while Madhya Pradesh gets 27 per cent and 16 per cent goes to 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 construction work was suspended in 1996, after the National Basketball Association activists obtained a stay order from the Supreme Court, which highlighted environmental and rehabilitation issues. He will also inaugurate new plants of Amar Dairy, and lay the foundation stone of a honey production centre.

The dam's original height was 121.92 metres.

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