Modi Inaugurates World’s Second Largest Dam On His Birthday

The overflowing Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam in Kavadia, 194 km (121 miles) south of the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, August 10, 2012.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam, the world’s second biggest dam, nearly six decades after its foundation stone was laid.

The inaugural event in the Kevadia colony of Narmada district coincided with Modi’s 67th birthday and the culmination of the fortnight-long Narmada Mahotsav launched by the Gujarat government to celebrate the completion of the work.

The Sardar Sarovar Dam is the second biggest dam in the world after the Grand Coulee Dam in the United States.

The foundation stone of the dam was laid on April 5, 1961 by the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. However, it took 56 years to complete its construction.

The inaugural event, will also see the culmination of the fortnight-long Narmada Mahotsav – launched by the Gujarat government to celebrate the completion of the work.

Modi will also address a public rally at Dabhoi, about an hour from Ahmedabad.

The Congress Party on Sunday took a jibe at Modi ahead of his Sardar Sarovar Dam inauguration on river Narmada and questioned as to who will get benefited from this dam.

Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi said, “I want to ask as to who will get benefited from this dam? Will it benefit the small farmers who are not getting irrigation; will it benefit the villagers whose homes have been taken away because of its construction?

Will there be proper relief and rehabilitation? Will the small industries, which are crumbling under demonetisation will they get benefits of the electricity. Or, will the only big companies which are close to the ruling party will get? I think time will tell and we will keep a close and watchful eye.”

Gogoi further said that it is unfortunate that for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) vision is to only reach to their near and dear big business friends.

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