Sardar Sarovar Dam and development: Highlights of PM Modi’s address in Dabhoi

Let us leave no stone unturned in creating a ‘New India’ by 2022, when we mark 75 years of India’s freedom

* Sardar Sarovar Dam faced so many obstacles. But, we were determined that the project will go on

* We specially remember two people today, Sardar Patel and Dr. Ambedkar, who as Minister gave great emphasis to irrigation & waterways

* Lack of water resources has been a major factor in slowing the pace of development

* I still remember, as chief minister when I went to border areas I saw BSF jawans do not have water. We brought Narmada waters to borders for jawans

* The saints and seers of Gujarat have played a very big role in the making of the Sardar Sarovar Dam as well. When the World Bank refused to give us funds, it was the temples of Gujarat that offered money

* There have been many conspiracies to stall the project. But it was never a political issue to us

Sardar Sarovar Dam project will change the fortunes of the farmers of not only Gujarat, but Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan as well

* The waters of Maa Narmada will help several citizens and transform several lives

* The western part of India lacks adequate water supply, in the eastern part there is shortage of electricity & gas supply. We are working to overcome these shortages so that both parts of India development and India scales new heights of development

* The ‘Statue of Unity’ will be a fitting tribute to Sardar Patel and will draw tourists from all over. It will be double the height of America’s famed Statue of Liberty.

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