"All 40,000 families in Madhya Pradesh which are affected by the filling up of the reservoir should be rehabilitated on priority, a probe committee headed by a high court judge should be constituted to investigate the scam in the rehabilitation, and tomorrow's programme of prime minister at the Sardar Sarovar Project site should be cancelled", the senior CPM leader demanded.
The foundation stone of the dam was laid on April 5, 1961 by the country's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The PM, who will be at Kevadia in Narmada district to inaugurate Sardar Sarovar Dam on Sunday, is also expected to visit his mother Hiraba in Gandhinagar to seek her blessings.
"Within 10 days of assuming office as Prime Minister, Narendrabhai gave the nod to install gates on the Narmada dam". "There can't be a better gift for him on his birthday, which also falls on September 17", added Rupani.
The project, which has cost around Rs 60,000 crore, irrigates 1.8 million hectares of land in Gujarat and 2,46,000 hectares in Rajasthan. "This project will benefit lakhs of farmers and help fulfil people's aspirations", Modi tweeted today. The hydro power generated from the turbines installed in the dam provides electricity to Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
To spread the word on the celebrations, the Gujarat government ran a state-wide campaign, "Ma Narmada Mahotsav", from September 6-15.
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This will be Modi's sixth visit in 2017 to his home state where Assembly elections are due by year-end. However, at several places, the chariot was boycotted by villagers protesting against the government on local issues.
Explaining the characteristics of the Sardar Sarovar project, the official said that it is the biggest dam in terms of volume of concrete used in it. Before it was renamed, the project was called the Navagam Dam.
After clearances from various authorities was received, construction work progressed and the dam remained unfinished at a height of 121.92 metres till May 2014. They warned the Centre and the state government that if the submergence of the area caused due to release of water from other dams in MP was not stopped by Saturday evening, the jal satyagraha will turn into jal samadhi.
The dam has storage capacity of 4.73 million cubic metres. He also claimed that there was no flooding even though the water level was rising.
Meanwhile, the Gujarat Congress has claimed that the project is not complete and canals of 43,000 km length were yet to be built despite the BJP ruling the state for 22 years.