Making a big statement at the inauguration of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Dam, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday said that despite all the opposition and the odds against the project, his government managed to rise above them all and still get the project completed. PM also hailed the temples of Gujarat, which donated funds for the dam after the government faced refusal from the World Bank and the previous regime at the Centre. “When then government refused funds, we decided World Bank or no World Bank, we will build Sardar Sarovar with our hands,” Modi said. “When World Bank refused money for Sardar Sarovar Dam, temples of Gujarat had donated money for the project. We overcame all conspiracies against Maa Narmada to complete the Sardar Sarovar project,” the prime minister said. Modi, who described the dam as “an engineering miracle”, said that a massive misinformation campaign was launched against the project.
Modi added that River Narmada suffered the most because of the obstructions. “In the obstructions created by forces against Narmada project, Maa Narmada has suffered the most,” PM Modi said. Modi made his statements while addressing a rally in Dabhoi district of Gujarat after inaugurating the Sardar Saovar Dam. He further said that his government has overcome “all conspiracies” against the project, adding that Narmada will become a hub of tourism.
The prime minister also stressed on the need of development of water resources in the country. “Nothing is bigger impediment to development than water,” Modi said. Modi also cited an incident, he said, “As Gujarat Chief Minister, I visited BSF post and saw they had no drinking water. I had resolved that I will bring Narmada waters to my country’s Jawan at Pakistan border in Gujarat, 700 km away. When a son gives water to its parched mother earth, what can be a bigger feeling of satisfaction.”