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

18 September, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Ora Austin
  • P Chidambaram. PTI file

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.

56 years ago, then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in Narmada district's Kevadiya laid the foundation stone for the Sardar Sarovar Dam. "With 1.25 billion people with me, I can't dream small", leading daily The Indian Express quoted Prime Minister as saying. Most of the residents were resettled and received compensation, but some tried to appeal the decision in court. At one time, the entire world had ganged up against the scheme, the World Bank decided and stopped the loan to the ambitious project on the pretext of environment but the people of Gujarat stood firm.

According to the SSP, for one tribal displaced by the dam, seven will benefit. About a million farmers can use this water for agricultural activity, while drinking water will be available to 40 million people. "When even World Bank refused to grant money, temples of the Gujarat came forward to help", he said as per ANI. I don't think small, don't do small. But the government data says that only 18,386 families would be affected in the state. Mr Modi said his government is working to overcome these shortages so that both parts of India development and India scales new heights of development. In 2015, Patkar revealed details about the Sardar Sarovar dam rehabilitation scam, which showed financial irregularities of about Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 crores.

The dam will irrigate 2.46 lakh hectares of land in Barmer and Jalore districts of Rajasthan.

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In 1964, the Centre appointed an expert committee under the chairmanship of Dr A N Khosla, to resolve the dispute. Although the protest ended at about 6 pm on Sunday, the National Basketball Association leaders said they would continue their agitation for proper rehabilitation of the SSP affected people.

The "same World Bank was compelled to give the state a Green Award" following the Gujarat government's rehabilitation work after the 2001 natural disaster in Kutch, said Modi.

"When I was the Gujarat Chief Minister, I had gone to border areas where I saw BSF Jawans do not have water". It took him little more than three years after issuing the final clearance for raising the height of the dam to 138 metres, in just 17 days of becoming the PM in 2014, and dedicating it to the nation on Sunday.



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