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

P Chidambaram. PTI file

The NGO said the Sardar Sarovar Project, which was dedicated to the nation by prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, would not bring any development for advasis in the absence of a just and fair rehabilitation programme. "Only they are showered with praise and receive all the credit", the PM said while dedicating the Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation here.

The foundation stone of the dam was laid by the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on April 5, 1961, the construction of which began in 1987. The dam is almost 1.2-km-long and is 163 metres deep. Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar, along with 36 dam affected people continued their Jal Satyagraha protest at Chota Barda village in Dhar, about 350 km southwest of Bhopal.

The affected people who were promised compensation in the form of houses or cash against their homes being submerged by the project have not yet been paid, and are left with no other option but to come down on the streets for protest.

Having visited close to 50 countries in three years of his tenure, the Prime Minister's foreign policies have also garnered much attention.

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The Prime Minister who arrived in the state on Saturday night, took the blessings of his mother Heeraba Modi near state capital Gandhinagar and went straight to the Narmada dam site in Kevadia. This will be the tallest statue of the world. "But we were determined not to make it a political battle", he said. The World Bank, which had earlier agreed to fund the project, refused to give loan for it, raising environmental concerns...

Sardar Sarovar project is the biggest dam in terms of volume of concrete used in it.

- Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) September 17, 2017As PM celebrates his B'day with Sardar Sarovar dam, see if it's a lifeline or curse: 50yrs, 1LCrs, 40K displaced.Irrigates only 10% of claim!

The Gujarat government promised in the court to give a robust rehabilitation package to those affected, but the National Basketball Association did not accept it.

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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 proposed height of the dam was revised upward over the years by the government, despite facing resistance on the project.

After inaugurating the dam, he will also visit Sadhu Bet to take stock of the work on the "Statue of Unity" project.

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