Ahmedabad, 16 September(Wishav Warta): On his 67th birthday on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the Sardar Sarovar dam built on the Narmada to the nation – 56 years after its foundation was laid by India’s first premier Jawaharlal Nehru.
It will be Modi’s second visit to Gujarat in less than a week after he hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Ahmedabad to launch the Bullet train project.
This comes exactly three months after the Narmada Control Authority allowed closure of the dam’s sluice gates so that the water rises to its full height of 138.68 metres from the earlier 121.92 metres.
The storage capacity also rose to 4.73 million cubic metres (MCM) from the previous 1.27 MCM. While four states – Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh – stand to gain from the multi-purpose dam, the BJP is all geared up to reap its benefits in the poll-bound Gujarat.