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PM Modi inaugurates world's 2nd biggest dam Sardar Sarovar

PM Modi inaugurates world's 2nd biggest dam Sardar Sarovar

PM Modi will later address a rally in Dabhoi - an hour's drive from Ahmedabad - to mark the end of the fortnight-long Narmada Mahotsav, launched by the Gujarat government to celebrate the completion of the dam.

The project to build a large dam on the Narmada for the welfare of Gujarat was first conceptualised in 1946 by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, later Union home minister.

Modi said that in addition to helping ease the water crisis in the region, the dam is also expected to boost tourism.

"There was a tirade of false allegations at us and several conspires were hatched to stall this project. But, we were determined that the project will go on.Lack of water resources has been a major factor in slowing the pace of development", he said. "Our loss will be a loss for the people fighting across the country, opposing displacement, submergence, and forcible evictions - all in the name of development", National Basketball Association said and appealed everyone to join their struggle. He further proudly boasted that with or without the help of the world Bank his government has been successful in completing the project. "I then resolved to build a 700-kilometer pipeline which would carry Narmada water to the soldiers defending our borders through the day".

The power generated from the dam will be shared by three states, Madhya Pradesh in central India and Maharashtra and Gujarat in the west, according to officials.

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Earlier, the Prime Minister had stressed that the project will start a new chapter of prosperity for Gujarat.

The Gujarat Congress claimed that the canal work for Narmada dam is yet incomplete but the Prime Minister had inaugurated the project to claim fake credit.

The Narmada Bachao Andolan, led by social activist Medha Patkar, took the government to the Supreme Court, protesting against the environmental damages brought about by the construction. "Even the World Bank said it would not fund it, " he added, as they felt it would ruin the environment. Rest all the projects of BJP announced in Gujarat were a fake doublespeak, fallaciousness and falsehood. The Congress alleges the project can not be called complete when the canal network is not yet complete, because of which much water will discharge into the sea.

But the apex court laid down certain conditions for the project, the foremost being that all people displaced by the increase in height of 5 metres in each phase, should be properly rehabilitated and that the same should be done for every phase of the increase.


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