1. Narendra Modi Sardar Sarovar Dam inauguration Live Updates: PM addresses huge gathering in Amreli; says happy to see young people taking leadership

Narendra Modi Sardar Sarovar Dam inauguration Live Updates: PM addresses huge gathering in Amreli; says happy to see young people taking leadership

Narendra Modi Sardar Sarovar Dam inauguration Live Updates: PM Narendra Modi inaugurates the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the river Narmada following which he is addressing a public rally in Dabhoi, Gujarat.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 17, 2017 6:24 PM
Narendra Modi Sardar Sarovar Dam inauguration Live Updates: PM addresses a public rally in Dhaboi. (ANI)

Narendra Modi Sardar Sarovar Dam inauguration Live Updates: PM has inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the river Narmada – this coincides with his 67 th birthday. The dam’s foundation stone was laid as far back as April 5, 1961 by former PM Jawaharlal Nehru. However, it took 56 years to complete its construction. The dam is the highest one ever built in India. The massive statistics, as listed by IANS, show that the dam is 1.2-km-long dam and 163 metres deep. Till date, it has produced as much as 4,141 crore units of electricity. It has two powerhouses, one is the river bed powerhouse and the other is the canal head powerhouse. Their installed capacity is 1,200 MW and 250 MW. PM Modi reached Ahmedabad last night.

Here are the Narendra Modi Sardar Sarovar Dam inauguration Live Updates: 

6: 00 pm: “Once again partnering in one of the most prestigious and important national projects, Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) has supplied 80 per cent steel required for construction of the Sardar Sarovar Project inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today,” the public sector firm said in a statement.

5: 30 pm: According to PTI, the State-owned SAIL today said it has supplied 80 per cent steel required for the construction of Sardar Sarovar Project, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

4: 30 pm: Ours is a government at the Centre that is sensitive to the needs and concerns of the farmers, PM Modi added.

4: 25 pm: The Prime Minister also urged the farming community in Amreli to explore opportunities relating to timber.

4: 20 pm: The Blue Revolution and Sweet Revolution have the potential to transform lives of people in Saurashtra: PM Narendra Modi.

4: 15 pm: The e-NAM Yojana is helping farmers and giving them access to better markets, PM Modi said further.

4: 12 pm: When I was serving as CM, I had the opportunity to facilitate the coming of dairies to Saurashtra: PM Modi added.

4: 09 pm: “The cooperative sector here is seeing changes. I am happy to see younger people coming to the fore and taking leadership,” says PM Modi in Amreli

4: 05 pm: PM Narendra Modi started his speech at the Sahakar Sammelan in Amreli.

3: 55 pm: PM Modi waved at the crowd at Amreli after they wished him Happy Birthday. Watch video

3:45 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a Sahakar Sammelan in Amreli shortly.

3:22 pm: Addressing a rally some 55 kms from the dam site in Dabhoi town of Vadodara district, the Prime Minister said, “Sardar Sarovar will become a symbol of India’s new and emerging power and propel growth in the region … the project is an engineering miracle.”

3:12 pm: “No other project in the world has faced such hurdles as the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river. But we were determined to complete the project,” PTI quoted Modi saying here.

3:00 pm: Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar took to Twitter and termed the inauguration Sardar Sarovar Dam as a symbol of modernised India under the leadership of PM Modi. Check his tweets.

2:44 pm: Speaking after the inauguration, PM Modi said that no other project in the world has faced so many hurdles as this ‘engineering miracle’ which many people had conspired to stop.

2:32 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river, saying no other project in the world has faced so many hurdles as this “engineering miracle” which many people had “conspired to stop”.

2:06 pm: Narendra Modi said he was delighted to dedicate the dam to the nation on his birthday and thanked the chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Maharashtra’s Devendra Fadnavis and Rajasthan’s Vasundhara Raje Scindia.

1:34 pm: BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra wished PM Modi and tweeted, ”Wishing the visionary of #NewIndia Sh @narendramodi Ji a very Happy birthday! India ????????is proud to have You as it’s PM #HappyBirthdayPM ????”

1:25 pm: I had met #ArjanSingh ji some days back, the hero of 1965 war. Discipline was in his blood, I salute him: PM Modi

1:20 pm: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today extended birthday greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

1:12 pm: The ‘Statue of Unity’ will be a fitting tribute to Sardar Patel and will draw tourists from all over, says PM Modi

1:07 pm: We remember our freedom fighters from the tribal communities who gave a strong fight to colonialism, says PM Modi

1:03 pm: We are working to overcome these shortages so that both parts of India development and India scales new heights of development, says PM

1:00 pm: The waters of Maa Narmada will help several citizens and transform several lives, says PM Modi

12:58 pm: WATCH- PM Modi LIVE in Dabhoi

12:53 pm: SEE PICS| Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada river: World’s 2nd biggest dam inaugurated by PM Modi; breathtaking pics

12:48 pm: PM Modi talks about the time when he was a CM and he went to border areas he had seen BSF Jawans do not have water. ”We brought Narmada waters to borders for Jawans, says PM Modi.

12:46 pm: Lack of water resources has been a major factor in slowing the pace of development

12:43 pm: Sardar Sarovar Dam faced so many obstacles. But, we were determined that the project will go on: PM in a public rally in Dhaboi

12:38 pm: We especially remember two people today, Sardar Patel and Dr. Ambedkar, who as Minister gave great emphasis to irrigation & waterways: PM at a rally in Dhaboi

12:36 pm: Sardar Patel would be happy today…imagine his vision that he envisioned this Dam to help farmers and citizens: PM Modi at a public rally in Dhaboi

12:34 pm: Let us leave no stone unturned in creating a ‘New India’ by 2022, when we mark 75 years of India’s freedom: PM Modi at public rally in Dhaboi

12:33 pm: Today, on Vishwakarma Jayanti we dedicate to the nation the Sardar Sarovar Dam: PM Modi the public meeting in Dabhoi.

12:32 pm: I convey my greetings to everyone on Vishwakarma Jayanti and salute all those working hard to build our nation: PM Modi in Dhaboi

12:30 am: There is a Jan Sagar here in Dabhoi and this shows the respect people have for Maa Narmada, says PM Modi

12:29 pm: Narendra Modi thanks everyone who wished him on his birthday.

12:28 pm: PM Narendra Modi talks about Vishwakarma Jayanti in the rally in Dabhoi

12:21 pm: PM Modi to address a public rally in Dabhoi shortly; Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani & Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also present.

12:05 pm: People and politician across the country are participating in Seva Diwas program. Defence minister Nirmala Sithrama shared her pictures and tweeted, ”Participated in #SevaDiwas programme #narendramodibirthday, in Delhi Cantonment & Gopinath Bazaar area.”

11:47 am: After inaugrating the dam, PM Narendra modi is addressing a rally in Dabhoi.

11:39 am: Narendra Modi’s visit, which has added significance as assembly elections are due in Gujarat by the year-end, is the second in less than a week after he hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the state and launched the bullet train project.

11:31 AM: The foundation stone of the dam was laid on April 5, 1961 by the country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

11:18 am: The dam on the river Narmada has been described as ‘Gujarat’s lifeline’ by the BJP leaders.

11:11 am: Bollywood director Madhur Bhandarkar wishes PM Modi on his birthday. this is what he tweeted, ”Wishing a very Happy Birthday to the most dynamic,hard working,& Visionary PM Shri @narendramodi ji #HappyBirthdayPM Stay blessed ????@PMOIndia”

11:07 am: WATCH- this is what Modi is scheduled for the day:

11:04 am: PM Modi, who turned 67 today, unveiled the plaque dedicating the dam to the nation, after performing a puja at the site here in the Narmada district.

11:02 am: Rajasthan Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat is said to benefit from the Narmada Dam.

11:01 am: 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 currently under construction.

10:57 am: The Sardar Sarovar Dam project has been described as one of the biggest human endeavours for water transport. Up to a billion units of hydropower are also expected to be generated annually.

10:54 am: It said that the project has helped transport the waters of the Narmada river to the water-deficient areas of Gujarat through an elaborate canal and pipeline network.

10:48 am: PM Narendra Modi dedicates Sardar Sarovar Dam on river Narmada to the nation.

10:42 am: WATCH- PM Narendra Modi inaugurating the 2nd biggest dam on his birthday:

10:39 am: Foundation for the Narmada dam was laid near the Nehru area, reports CNN New 18

10:36 am: Narendra Modi inaugrates dam kick starts campaign, reports CNN News 18

9:34 am: PM Narendra Modi inaugurates #SardarSarovarDam

10:26 am: The dam is being inaugrated by Narendra Modi. PM is present there with Nitin Gadhkari.

10:22 am: PM Narendra Modihas reached at the site, inaugration to take place shortly.

10:16 am: Sarbananda Sonowal, Assam Chief Minister wished PM Narendra Modi on his birthday saying, ” While serving the people, you remain my biggest inspiration, PM Shri @narendramodi ji.” #HappyBirthdayPM

10:12 am: Before leaving to inaugrate the Sardar Sarovar Dam today, Modi spent around 20 minutes with his mother. The PM interacted with children of the locality after coming out of his brother’s home.

10:08 am: PM Modi, who arrived late last night in Ahmedabad, drove to his younger brother’s residence at Vrindavan Bungalows on the outskirts of Gandhinagar early this morning and took blessings of his mother Hiraba.

10:01 am: “Tomorrow Sardar Sarovar Dam will be dedicated to the nation. This project will benefit lakhs of farmers and help fulfil people’s aspirations,” Modi tweeted on Saturday. Earlier, Modi had stressed that the project will start a new chapter of prosperity for Gujarat.

9:54 am: WATCH- How PM Narendra Modi’s birthday is being celebrated by a group of children

9:51 am: WATCH- Know everything about Sardar Sarovar Dam which is to be inaugrated by PM Modi today:

9:48 am: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik tweeted saying, ”Best wishes to Prime Minister @narendramodi ji on birthday. May you be blessed with good health and long life.”

9:47 am: According to an official release the increase in the dam height will facilitate a usable storage of 4.73 Million Acre Feet (MAF) and will greatly benefit the participating states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, according to IANS.

9:42 am: Vijay Rupani shared pictures of Historical buildings of Dabhoi which was decked-up with illumination to welcome our PM MNarendra Modi on the occasion of Maa Narmada Mahotsav.

9:41 am: Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani tweeted about Modi sayinh, ” 17th September, 2017 will be a historic day for the people of Gujarat as a long cherished dream of the Narmada Project comes true. ”

9:36 am: Due to bad weather, the chopper in PM< Narendra Modi was travelling to the dam site has been landed.

9:30 am: PM Narendra Modi is supposed to inaurgrate the Sardar Sarovar Dam around 10:30 am, reports ABP News.

9:29 am: While a 182-metre Statue of Unity is a project conceived by Modi, he has also been consistently in favour of increasing the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam.

9:24 am: WATCH- Yogi Sdityanath to celebrate PM Narendra Modi’s birthday in Varanasi in the follwing ways:

9:20 am: Cricketer Suresh Raina shared a picture on Twitter an wished PM Modi on his birthday. Take a look at what he wrote, ”You motivate and drive people to be their best.. You touch so many lives everyday.. wishing a wonderful day @narendramodi”

9:19 am: Law & Justice, Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad wished PM Narendra Modi on Twitter. Here’s what he wrote, ” Warm greetings and Pranaam to PM Shri @narendramodi. May India become a powerful & developed country under his leadership.” #HappyBirthdayPM

9:16 am: Narendra Modi like he has been doing for years started off his day by taking blessings from his mother Heeraba Modi.

9:13 am: Narendra Modi was received by Governor O.P. Kohli and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani at the Ahmedabad airport, drove straight to state capital Gandhinagar where he will put up for the night.

9:05 am: Union Cabinet minister Smriti Irani tweeted Narendra Modi saying, ” Birthday greetings to PM @narendramodi ji – a visionary leader & an able administrator, he is an inspiration to millions.”

9:01 am: Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu tweeted wishing PM Modi on his birthday. He tweeted, ” HappyB’Day to beloved PM @narendramodi ji. You’re inspiration to me n to the country. Sincere prayer for long healthy life.” #HappyBirthdayPM

8:59 am: Union Cabinet Minister for Chemicals, Fertilizers & Parliamentary Affairs Ananthkumar tweeted, ” . @narendramodi My dear friend leader PM NaMo, JEEVETH SHARAD SHATHAM Lead our BHARATH to Gareeb Kalyan.” #HappyBirthdayPM

8:56 am: PM Modi will then visit Amreli in Saurashtra where he will attend a host of programmes and address a public gathering. #Happybirthdaypm

8:50 am: Take a look at Sardar Sarovar Dam which PM Narendra Modi is set to inaugrate today. #Happybirthdaypm

SEE PICS| PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate Sardar Sarovar Dam; see spectacular photos

8:47 am: On his 67th birthday, PM Narendra Modi is going to inaugrate Sardar Sarovar Dam; watch video here:

8:45 am: PM Modi tweeted about the demise of Mahant Chand Nath saying, ”Saddened by the demise of LS MP from Alwar, Mahant Chand Nath ji. He will be remembered for his rich social work. My deepest condolences.”

8:41 am: PM Modi will also attend the closing ceremony of ‘Narmada Mahotsav’, and address a gathering at Dabhoi.

8:37 am: After the inauguration at the dam site at Kevadia, Modi will go to Sadhu Bet, an island in the Narmada river where a 182-metre tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, billed as a ‘Statue of Unity’, and a memorial complex dedicated to the country’s first home minister are coming up.

8:34 am: BJP chief Amit Shah will be in Ranchi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Kirti Nagar in Delhi, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal in Chennai, and Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar in Mumbai, as part of the party’s plan to celebrate their top leader’s birthday as a “day of service”

8:31 am: CM Trivendra Singh Rawat in his page also added that the people of the country feel that the dream of a new India can be realised only under Modi’s leadership.

8:29 am: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day ahead of his birthday. The chief minister, in a Facebook post, also compared Modi to Lord Vishwakarma, with whom he shares his birthday.

8:22 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Ahmedabad to inaugrate the Sardar Sarovar Dam today.

8:20 am: As part of Modi’s birthday celebrations, the party’s state unit has planned to launch a fortnight-long special cleanliness drive in 825 places, starting from tomorrow. Free health camps will also be set up in as many as 115 places here.

8:15 am: An event was also organised at the Assi Ghat to promote the NDA government’s “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” (save and educate the girl child) campaign.

8:10 am: Minister of Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar wished PM Modi on Twitter today. This is what he tweeted,” #HappyBirthdayPM @narendramodi Ji. Your visionary leadership is an inspiration to all. We will make #NewIndia under your able leadership.”

8:08 am: Various programmes were held in the schools on Saturday, with the BJP’s state unit members speaking on the prime minsiters’s welfare schemes and cleanliness drives.

8:06 am: PM Modi turned 67 today.

8:00 am: BJP workers a day prior to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday kicked off the celebration in his constituency by distributing sweets and stationery to students of 129 primary schools.

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