PM Modi to spend his birthday on September 17 in Gujarat

PM Modi to spend his birthday on September 17 in Gujarat

With few months left for the state assembly elections, the Gujarat BJP has turned the completion of the dam project into a huge political event.

Several villages, including low-level areas in Madhya Pradesh's Nisarpur town, were submerged on Friday after the water level near the Sardar Sarovar Dam rose to 128.3 metres.

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". Also, the dam is likely to provide flood protection to riverine reaches measuring 30,000 hectares covering over 200 villages including Bharuch city catering a population of 4 lakh in the state. PM Modi's visit coincides with his 67th birthday and the project of Narmada Dam is also described as Gujarat's lifeline by BJP leaders.

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.

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 now under construction.

"It is the second biggest dam in the world after the Grand Coulee Dam in the United States", he said.

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The protesters led by Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar said the inhabitants of Narmada valley and their supporters would continue to challenge the unjustified submergence. Over 80 Narmada Raths have been taken out across the state to spread awareness on the project's importance.

The court allowed resumption of work in October 2000.

"The Congress committed the sin of obstructing the project at every step".

The yatra will conclude at Dabhoi in Vadodara district on Sunday, where Narendra Modi will address the public.

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, called "Statue of Unity", and a memorial complex dedicated to the country's first home minister are coming up.

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