Prime Minister Narendra Modi turns 67 today, began his day by meeting his mother Heeraben, who stays near Gandhinagar, seeking her blessings. The BJP is celebrating the day as Seva Diwas across the country today with party leaders attending medical camps, blood donation events, and taking part in cleanliness drives.
Narendra Modi, was received by Governor O.P. Kohli and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani at the Ahmedabad airport, drove straight to state capital Gandhinagar. The Prime Minister will visit two of his favourite projects on his birthday, the Sardar Sarovar Dam Project and the Statue of Unity being built in the memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Dam, which has been raised to a height of 138 meters and has been the world’s second largest dam on Sunday at Kevadia colony in Narmada district. The event will be attended by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, BJP president Amit Shah, and Union minister Nitin Gadkari, among others.
The Sardar Sarovar Dam is a gravity dam on the Narmada river near Navagam, Gujarat in India. It is a part of the Narmada Valley Project, a large hydraulic engineering project involving the construction of a series of large irrigation and hydroelectric multi-purpose dams on the Narmada river. The project took form in 1979 as part of a development scheme to increase irrigation and produce hydroelectricity.
The argument in favour of the Sardar Sarovar Project is that the benefits are so large that they substantially outweigh the costs of the immediate human and environmental disruption. Without the dam, the long term costs for people would be much greater and lack of an income source for future generations would put increasing pressure on the environment. If the water of the Narmada river continues to flow to the sea unused, there appears to be no alternative to escalating human deprivation, particularly in the dry areas of Gujarat.
The foundation stone of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada river was laid on April 5, 1961, by the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. However, it took 56 years to complete Sardar Sarovar Dam’s construction.
The delay in the completion of the Sardar Sarovar Dam was due to numerous reasons. Medha Patkar led Narmada Bachao Andolan took the government to the Supreme Court over environmental and rehabilitation issues and obtained a stay in 1996. The court allowed resumption of work in October 2000. The height of the Sardar Sarovar dam was recently raised to 138.68 meters, which will allow maximum usable storage of 4.73 million acre-feet of water.
Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani tweeted, ’17th September, 2017 will be a historic day for the people of Gujarat as a long cherished dream of the Narmada Project comes true.’
As per the sources, a senior BJP functionary said that, there was a long list of guests, especially saints, who were expected to come here, especially from Madhya Pradesh and Varanasi. However, given the Special Protection Group (SPG) protocol, it was impossible to accommodate everyone at the dam site. The Special Protection Group team, which visited the venue on Friday raised concern that the number of people present at the spot would completely violate the security protocol and pose a threat in case of an untoward incident. Therefore, the guest list has been curtailed.
The priests and saints from Gujarat will be present at Dabhoi, instead of Kevadia, the leader said. Vadodara district administration stated, September 17 will witness the inauguration of the Narmada project to its full potential and capacity at the hands of the son of Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with blessings from the saints and priests.
According to sources, ministers and party leaders will attend the events nationwide. Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah will be in Ranchi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley would be at Kirti Nagar in Delhi, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal in Chennai, and Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar in Mumbai, as part of the party’s plan to celebrate their top leader’s birthday as a Seva Diwas across the country, a party leader said.
Politicians, bureaucrats and citizens from across the country wished PM Modi on his 67th birthday. The prime minister will attend the closing ceremony of ‘Narmada Mahotsav’, and address a gathering at Dabhoi. He will also lay the foundation stone for National Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museum during the event. Narendra Modi would then visit Amreli in Saurashtra where he will attend a host of programs and address a public gathering.