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To Set New Records And Benchmarks, PM Modi On Sardar Sarovar Dam Launch

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| September 18 , 2017 , 08:49 IST

On the inauguration of world's second largest dam and his 67th birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that despite facing numerous hurdles over the last six decades, the Sardar Sarovar Dam overcame them with sheer "blood and sweat".

The Prime Minister, address a public meeting in Dabhoi added that the World Bank denied from funding the project.

"It did all it can to ensure India cannot have such a mega project. But India too had decided that World Bank or no World Bank, we would build the Sardar Sarovar Dam," he said.

"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 PM added.

The Prime Minister continued talking about the project saying it sets new records and new benchmarks. He also mentioned that the amount of concrete used in the damn was enough to make a road from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Kondla to Kohima (the far ends of India).

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Before inaugurating the damn, the Prime Minister made a short visit to review the under-construction 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, which will be called the 'Statue of Unity', on an island in the Narmada river.

The Prime Minister's presence was to mark the launch of the Damn organised by the Gujarat government.

Earlier the Prime Minister had went to Gujarat hosting the Japanese Prime Minister Shino Abe, with whom the Prime Minister laid the founding stone of the country's first bullet train project in Ahmedabad.

Given the political importance of this event, in the face of upcoming election later this year, the Bharatiya Janata Party has turned this damn into a political stature for the party. The state Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has called the project "Gujarat's lifeline", promising a boost in agriculture and production of farmers.