PM Celebrates 69th Birthday By Visiting Mother And Sardar Sarovar Dam

PM Celebrates 69th Birthday By Visiting Mother And Sardar Sarovar Dam

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi turns 69 today and on this birthday he plans to start with an early visit to his mother Heeraben, who lives near Gandhinagar in Gujarat. The Prime Minister is expected to meet his mother around 6 am, after an overnight stay at the Gandhinagar Rajbhavan. Heeraben, 98, lives in Raisin village with her younger son Pankaj Modi.
After meeting with his mother, PM Modi is expected to fly from Gandhinagar to Kevadia in Narmada district to review programmes and projects including the Statue of Unity and the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the river Narmada.

The Statue of Unity, billed as the tallest in the world, was inaugurated by the Prime Minister on Sardar Patel's birth anniversary on October 31 last year.

"Maa Narmada Poojan" to be performed by PM Modi during the tour and after that he will visit the Sardar Sarovar dam control room. After visiting the Duttatreya Mandir in Garudeshwar village and a children's park, he will address a public meeting at Kevadia, a town approximately 200 km from Ahmedabad.

PM Modi's visit comes as water levels in the Narmada dam, which he inaugurated in 2017, have reached the highest mark of 138.68 metres. The PM will also open the "Namami Narmade Mahotsav".
The dam aims to provide drinking water to 131 urban centres and 9,633 villages (53 per cent of the 18,144 in Gujarat) and irrigation facilities for 18.54 hectares, covering 3,112 villages in 15 districts.

"After visiting the dam site at Kevadiya, the Prime Minister will address a gathering. We are putting up a large dome-like structure to accommodate around 10,000 people who are expected from Narmada, Bharuch and Chhotaudepur districts," a government official said.

The dam visit is expected to be protested by activists from the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), who have demanded the dam be opened after overflow from its backwaters flooded nearly 180 villages in Madhya Pradesh.

On his previous birthday, PM Modi spent time with school children from his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

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