PM Modi Inaugurates Sardar Sarovar Dam Which Intends To Uplift Quality of Life of People In Gujarat, Maharashtra, MP & Rajasthan

September 18th, 2017 | by Pranab Kumar Chakravarty
PM Modi Inaugurates Sardar Sarovar Dam Which Intends To Uplift Quality of Life of People In Gujarat, Maharashtra, MP & Rajasthan
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PRIME Minister Narendra Modi coinciding with his 67th birth day on Sunday dedicated to the nation The Sardar Sarovar Dam, world’s second biggest dam in terms of volume and size.  An estimated 57 per cent of the electricity generated from this dam will go to Maharashtra, 27 per cent to Madhya Pradesh and the rest to Gujarat. Rajasthan is also expected to get some benefits in terms of irrigation and water supply of the project built on The 1,315 Km long Narmada River, India’s fifth largest river originating in MP’s Amarkantak and flowing through the beneficiary State minus Rajasthan before merging with the Arabian Sea. Rajasthan is not a riparian State. The foundation stone for the project was laid by India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru on April 5, 1961, but its completion had been delayed due to agitation led by Medha Partkar demanding relief for the affected people. The Sardar Sarovar Project will provide irrigation facilities to 18.45 lack hectares covering 3,112 villages of 73 Talukas in 15 districts of Gujarat. It will also irrigate 2, 46,000 hectares in the strategic desert districts of Barmer and Jallore in Rajasthan and 37,500 hectares in the tribal hilly tract of Maharashtra through lift. About 75 per cent of the command area in Gujarat is drought prone while entire command in Rajasthan is drought prone. Assured water supply will soon make this area drought proof. Besides, it will solve drinking water problem to a great extent in the four states. A special allocation of 0.86 MAF of water has been made to provide drinking water to 131 urban centres and 9633 villages (53% of total 18144 villages of Gujarat) within and out-side command in Gujarat for present population of 28 million and prospective population of over 40 million by the year 2021. All the villages and urban centres of arid region of Saurashtra and Kachchh and all “no source” villages and the villages affected by salinity and fluoride in North Gujarat will benefit. Water supply requirement of several industries will also be met from the project giving a boost to all-round production. “The dam will not only change the fate of farmers in Gujarat, but also of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan,” a beaming Modi told people at a rally. An official release claims that SSD will also provide flood protection to riverine reaches measuring 30,000 hectares in 210 villages and Bharuch city and a population of 4.0 lakh in Gujarat. Wild life at “Shoolpaneshewar wild life sanctuary” on left Bank, Wild Ass Sanctuary in little Rann of Kachchh, Black Buck National Park at Velavadar, Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary in Kachchh, Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary and Alia Bet at the mouth of River will benefit.Recalling the hurdles  in completing the project , he said that a lot of people came in the way of the project, but the determination to complete it kept them going. Addressing a gathering after the inauguration, PM Modi said  “Let us leave no stone unturned in creating a ‘New India’ by 2022, when we mark 75 years of India’s freedom.”He further thanked the people for attending the event and extended his greetings on Vishwakarma Jayanti. Vishwakarma is considered by the Hindu as a great architect cum engineer.”I salute all those working hard to build the nation,” he added. Remembering Sardar Patel and Dr Baba Sahib   Ambedkar for stressing the need for building   projects for irrigation and waterways, he said that for some reason, Sardar Patel was not given the credit he deserved after Independence.”He would be happy if he were alive. Imagine his vision that he envisioned this dam to help farmers and citizens,” said Modi while addressing the people.”When I was the Gujarat Chief Minister, I had gone to border areas where I saw BSF Jawans do not have water. But I ensured they get clean drinking water from Narmada,” he said.”When the World Bank had refused to help build Sardar Sarovar dam, the saints and seers of Gujarat donated money to make it possible, he added. Modi claimed that the Sardar Sarovar Dam will transform lives and help several lakhs of citizens. After performing a puja, he unveiled the plaque dedicating the dam to the nation on his 67th birthday. Medha Partkar has also taken the matter to the Supreme Court of India rising environmental and rehabilitation issues and obtained a stay in 1996. The court allowed resumption of work in October 2000. The height of the dam was recently raised to 138.68 metres which will allow maximum ‘usable storage’ of 4.73 million acre feet of water. The ardent fan of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel mentioned with great pride that the Statue of Unity will be a fitting tribute to the freedom fighter. “The Statue of Unity will be twice as high as US’ Statue of Liberty,” he said. The Prime Minister further said that people from all corners of the world will come and see the statue of unity and know the great contribution of Sardar Patel. The 1.2-km-long dam  which is 163 metres deep has till date produced 4,141 crore units of electricity from its two power houses — river bed powerhouse and canal head powerhouse — with an installed capacity of 1,200 MW and 250 MW. The World Bank had refused to fund the project and alleging that it would ruin the environment. The World Bank did all it could to ensure India cannot have such a mega project. “But India too had decided that World Bank or no World Bank, we will build the Mega Sardar Sarovar Dam with our blood and sweat. After the 2001 earthquake, when this project picked up pace and showed the world what India can truly do, The World Bank made a volte face and decided to give Sardar Sarovar Dam project  world’s topmost environment-friendly project award,” said the Prime Minister.

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