PM Modi Dedicates Sardar Sarovar Dam to Nation on his Birthday


Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who turns 67 today, dedicated the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Kevadia (in Gujarat’s Narmada district) to his compatriots, during the second visit in a week to his home state.

 An infrastructure project described as “Gujarat’s lifeline,” the Sardar Sarovar Dam took 56 years to build. Its foundation stone was laid in 1961 by India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

More than five decades after first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated the highest embankment on a river in the country to the nation.

Originally commissioned in 2006, the Sardar Sarovar Dam’s height was recently raised to 138.68 meters. The increased height would enable the Sardar Sarovar Dam to store 4.73 million acre-feet (MAF) of water.The Sardar Sarovar Dam has been built on the Narmada that originates in Madhya Pradesh and passes through Gujarat and Maharashtra.

The Narmada forms some portions of borders between Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, and also between Gujarat and Maharashtra before entering the Arabian Sea.River Narmada is hailed as the lifeline of Gujarat and the Sardar Sarovar Dam with its increased height is expected to change the fortunes of the state.

PM Narendra Modi decided to dedicate this mega project to the nation on his birthday, which is also being celebrated as Seva Diwas by the BJP. The party hopes to reap good electoral dividends in the Gujarat Assembly elections slated for later this year.



  1. The Sardar Sarovar Dam will “benefit lakhs of farmers and help fulfil people’s aspirations,” Modi tweeted yesterday. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani says it has helped Gujarat’s agriculture income and production increase by more than 200 percent.
  2. It is the world’s second biggest dam – the first being the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River in the US state of Washington, NDTV reported.
  3. In 1996, the Narmada Bachao Andolan – a social movement – got the Supreme Court to stay its construction over environmental and rehabilitation issues.
  4. The court allowed construction to resume in October 2000.
  5. The dam’s height was recently raised to 138.68 meters. That will allow a maximum usable storage of 4.73 million acre-feet of water.
  6. After dedicating the dam to his fellow citizens, PM Modi will travel to Sadhu Bet, where he’ll assess the progress made in the ‘Statue of Unity’ project.
  7. Sadhu Bet is an island on the Narmada river that will soon be home to a 182-metre tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first home minister, and a memorial complex dedicated to him.
  8. Later, he’ll attend the closing ceremony of Narmada Mahotsav, and address a gathering at Dabhoi. he’ll also attend several events and address a public gathering in Saurashtra’s Amreli.
  9. Earlier today, he met his mother Heeraben and sought her blessings.
  10. On the occasion of Modi’s birthday, the BJP will observe Seva Diwas across the nation. Party leaders will attend medical camps, blood donation events, and cleanliness drives.

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