On his birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation at Kevadia in Gujarat tomorrow. The height of the dam was recently raised to 138.68 metres, facilitating a usable storage of 4.73 Million Acre feet (MAF), PMO said in a release today. The increased height of the dam is likely to benefit participating states — Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
The release said, “Sardar Sarovar Dam project has helped transport the waters of the River Narmada, to the water-deficient areas of Gujarat through an elaborate canal and pipeline network. 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.”
One of the biggest ever human endeavours for water transport, the project is expected to generate up to a billion units of hydropower annually.
After inaugurating the dam, PM Modi will travel to Sadhu Bet, where the Statue of Unity, an iconic statue and associated memorial complex for Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, is currently under construction. The project comprises a 182-metre tall statue, an exhibition hall, a memorial garden, and a Visitor Centre.
PM will then attend the closing ceremony of the Narmada Mahotsav, and address the gathering at Dabhoi. He will also lay the foundation stone for National Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museum during the event.
Later, Prime Minister will visit Amreli to inaugurate a new market yard of APMC. He will also inaugurate new plants of Amar Dairy, and lay the foundation stone of a honey production centre. He will address a Sahakar Sammelan at Amreli.
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.
According to a PTI report, Uma Bharti, Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, has formally asked her ministerial colleagues to make arrangements for such activities in their constituencies, residential areas or any other place, and be present there.
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.