PM Modi inaugurates Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam: When World Bank refused loan, temples donated funds

"I will leave no stone unturned to achieve New India like Mahatma Gandhi achieved a new India earlier," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 17, 2017 2:31 pm
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Dedicating the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Dam to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday recollected the obstacles his government had to overcome to successfully complete the project.

Describing the Namrada dam as “an engineering miracle”, PM Modi said that a massive misinformation campaign was launched against the project. He added that because of the obstructions, River Narmada suffered the most. “In the obstructions created by forces against Narmada project, Maa Narmada has suffered the most,” PM Modi said.

The prime minister was addressing a rally in Dabhoi district of Gujarat after inaugurating the Sardar Saovar Dam.

PM Modi said that his government has overcome “all conspiracies” against the Sardar Sarovar Dam to complete the project. “When then government refused funds, we decided World bank or no world bank, we will build Sardar Sarovar with our hands. When world bank refused money for Sardar Sarovar Dam, temples of Gujarat had donated money for the project. We overcame all conspiracies against Maa Narmada to complete the Sardar Sarovar project,” he said. Modi added that Narmada will become a hub of tourism.

PM Modi went on to stress the need for development of water resources in the country. “Nothing is bigger impediment to development than water,” Modi said.

“As Gujarat Chief Minister, I visited BSF post and saw they had no drinking water. I had resolved that I will bring Narmada waters to my country’s Jawan at Pakistan border in Gujarat, 700 km away. When a son gives water to its parched mother earth, what can be a bigger feeling of satisfaction,” he said.

He also expressed his gratitude to tribals for sacrificing their land for the project. “I want to thank Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, and my adivasi brothers who gave up their land,” he said.

Pitching his idea of a “new India”, PM Modi said he will continue to work for the dreams of people. “I will leave no stone unturned to achieve New India like Mahatma Gandhi achieved a new India earlier. I am living for your dreams, I will also exhaust myself to for your dreams; for New India,” he said.

Modi went on to say that he does not believe in doing “small things”. “You know me; I can’t do small things. I don’t think small, don’t do small. With 1.25 billion people with me, I can’t dream small,” he said.

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    Sid J
    Sep 18, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    This is a classic example to show how 'the others' (world bank) refuse help, but our 'own'(temples) help us. How Harvard (Manmohan Singh) has little or no brains, but hard work(modi) has a superior intelligence. How R. Rajan would have been a thorn in the flesh for his pet project demo, but not Urjit Patel. Time and again, the pm uses such a v/s narrative, which immediately shows the other as an enemy, and himself as a true friend. This is disturbing and should be exposed to the people. This is a cheap way of publicity.
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      Vikram
      Sep 18, 2017 at 1:23 am
      One hopes the river inter-linking will also be completed with as much single mindedness swiftly.
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        Bharat Bhushan
        Sep 18, 2017 at 12:15 am
        It is a shame that, in the past 25 years, successive governments -- Congress, BJP, Left and others have failed to provide adequate compensation to people affected by the construction. Our politicians and activists are more interested in the blame game . It is easy to blame capitalism, communism, left, right, hinduism, islam, nationalism, secularism etc etc. The blame game creates a perception of villain in the minds of the voters. This influences their voting choices -- and benefits the parties the political battle. But at the end of the day, people are cheated, as there is no work on ground.
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          Kuldeep
          Sep 17, 2017 at 11:00 pm
          This project is operational for more than 15 years,only height has increased.
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            George Cruz
            Sep 17, 2017 at 10:42 pm
            No one can deny that the development oriented BJP and the patriotic organizations like the RSS, VHP, Hindutva, etc slowly but steadily making great progress whether it be economy, defense, or the infrastructure like this Sardar Sarovar project funded by the Hindu temple funds. The failed leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury, Mamata Begum, etc who are and have been demonizing the patriotic organizations who are real democratic/secular/inclusive at their own peril and now losing the support from the brainwashed Muslims/Christians who are blinded by their religion and used to vote blindly for these failed leaders.
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              Vikram
              Sep 18, 2017 at 1:24 am
              It is Mumtaz Begum or Begum Mumtaz Badmaashjee
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              K Janardhana
              Sep 17, 2017 at 10:33 pm
              A great day for India . Hats off to ONLY to PM Modi. Medha Patkar is responsible for delay in execution of Project.
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                Pavan
                Sep 17, 2017 at 10:15 pm
                Bigh Hype and FRAUD. Not much substance.
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                  Raj
                  Sep 17, 2017 at 10:04 pm
                  God bless our prime minister !!
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                    Bharat
                    Sep 17, 2017 at 9:43 pm
                    All unemployed youths should start making temples in his own house to get money collection on spot. It will require publicity by tv magazine or paper. Thus no will go to long routes as the darshan shall be available by mini temple of every famous temple as inhouse facility. They can also contribute for election
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