What is Sardar Sarovar Dam

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

This will be Modi's sixth visit in 2017 to his home state where Assembly elections are due by year-end.

The height of the dam was recently raised to 138.68 metres, which will allow maximum "usable storage" of 4.73 million acre-feet of water.

The Sardar Sarovar dam produces 4,141 crore units of electricity via its two power houses - river bed powerhouse and canal head powerhouse. It has been a wait of 56 years for the project to be completed since 1961 when its foundation was laid.

From the dam site, the Prime Minister will travel to Sadhu Bet, where the Statue of Unity, an iconic statue and associated memorial complex for Sardar Patel, is now under construction.

Meanwhile, the Union government will observer Modi's birthday as "Seva Diwas (day of service)" across the nation and carry out a range of activities including building twin pit toilets, "shramdaan" or voluntary work and sanitation drives. According to the SSNL officials, the power generated from the dam would be shared among three states - Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) led by social activist Medha Patkar has been protesting against the project raising several environmental concerns.

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Earlier, on Wednesday evening the affected people from Dhar and Barwani districts had staged a "Chetavani Rally" outside the office of the Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) in Bhopal.

"The Congress committed the sin of obstructing the project at every step. But the BJP failed to comply and its "criminal negligence" has seen farmers in Gujarat suffer a loss of over Rs 5,000 crore every year for the last 22 years", said Shaktisinh Gohil, senior state Congress leader.

"The Prime Minister will be given an overview of the progress of work on this project". He will also inaugurate new plants of Amar Dairy, and lay the foundation stone of a honey production centre.

"Looking forward to addressing a gathering of cooperatives, Sahakar Samemelan in Amreli tomorrow", the PM tweeted. The closing ceremony is also of a Narmada yatra taken out by the ruling BJP as part of the Mahotsav through 85 chariots that went around the state and would reach the dam site.

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