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On his 67th birthday, PM Modi to dedicate Narmada Dam to nation

Chief minister Vijay Rupani had called the project as "Gujarat's lifeline" noting that the agriculture income and production of farmers in the state more than doubled because of it.

The Prime Minister recalled Sardar Patel's vision of the dam. "But we were determined to complete the project", said Modi, addressing a rally about 55 kilometres from the dam site in Dabhoi town of Vadodara district.

The dam is 1.2-km-long and 163 meters deep. "It did all it can to ensure India cannot have such a mega project". At one time, the entire world had ganged up against the scheme, the World Bank decided and stopped the loan to the ambitious project on the pretext of environment but the people of Gujarat stood firm.

"I am fortunate to visit the birth place of Bhagwan Birsa Munda (a tribal freedom fighter)", Mr. Shah said at Ulihatu in Khunti district of Jharkhand, after laying the foundation stone for projects in 19 villages.

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It is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday today and Twitter is celebrating the day by pouring in their wishes with #HappyBirthdayPM. They staged a Jalsatyagraha by standing in the Narmada river for some hours, Nagesh Kewat, a member of the local Kewat Samaj (fishermen community), said.

Modi dedicated the Sardar Sarovar Dam to the people of India on Sunday.

"I have knowledge (' kacha chittha') of everyone who tried to stall this project, but I will not name them as I do not want to go on that route", the Prime Minister added.

According to the SSP official, the power generated from the dam would be shared among three states - Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

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He said that even while the western part of India lacks adequate water supply, the eastern part has the shortage of electricity and gas supply.

"When I was the Gujarat Chief Minister, I had gone to border areas where I saw BSF Jawans do not have water".

Modi will announce the completion of the construction work by closing the dam gates in Kevadia Colony in south Gujarat on Sunday.

"Ninety-nine per cent of the families, who were partially affected by the dam's backwater, had already left their places and are comfortably staying in the State government-run shelter homes or rehabilitated", he said.

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The Jal Satyagraha began on Friday on the Narmada river banks where water level is rising consistently.

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