Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hailed the completion of the Sardar Sarovar Dam project on the Narmada River as a “big achievement,” saying it will take Gujarat to new heights in the next 10 years.
Fifty-six years after the foundation stone for the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River was laid, the Gujarat government on June 17 got permission from the Centre to shut the gates of the controversy-hit structure, marking the “completion” of the project.
“Narmada (dam) project is truly a big achievement. The next decade will be a journey to convert this achievement into prosperity. And I am confident that Gujarat will touch new heights under BJP’s leadership during the next ten years with this project at the core,” Modi said.
The foundation stone for the dam was laid in 1961 by the then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and with the permission to close its 30 gates by the Modi-led government, it took 56 years for the dam to be completed. With the closing of the gates, the height of one of the biggest water reservoirs in the country will be 138 metres and the storage capacity of 4.75 million cubic metres (MCM).
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