The Sardar Sarovar project is the biggest dam in terms of volume of concrete used in it. It is also the second biggest dam in the world after the Grand Coulee Dam in the United States.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Dam, which has been raised to a height of 138 meters, on Sunday at Kevadia colony in Narmada district.
The inaugural event, held on the occasion of PM Modi’s 67th birthday, will also see the culmination of the fortnight-long Narmada Mahotsav – launched by the Gujarat government to celebrate the completion of the work.
PM Modi will also address a public rally at Dabhoi, about an hour from Ahmedabad.The event will be well attended by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, BJP president Amit Shah, and Union minister Nitin Gadkari, among others.
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.
The height of the dam was recently raised to 138.68 metres.The 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.
The power generated from the dam would be shared among three states — Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. About 57 percent of the electricity produced from the dam goes to Maharashtra, while Madhya Pradesh gets 27 per cent and Gujarat gets 16 per cent.
The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) led by social activist Medha Patkar has been protesting against the project raising several environmental concerns. In 1996, the construction work was suspended following a stay by the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be observing PM Modi’s birthday as ‘Seva Diwas’ today across the country with party leaders attending medical camps, blood donation events, and taking part in cleanliness drives