New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on September 17 witness the Sardar Sarovar Dam water reach its full storage capacity in Gujarat, stated Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.

As on Saturday, the water level in the dam stood at 138 m, which is just 68 cm short of the overflow mark. The water in the dam is considered to be ‘Gujarat’s lifeline’. The water level is expected to reach its full reservoir level of 138.68 metres on Tuesday, i.e., Septemeber 17 which also happens to be the 69th birthday of the prime minister,  added the Gujarat Chief Minister.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present at the dam site to celebrate the feat on September 17, which is also his 69th birthday,” said the Gujarat Chief Minister Rupani on Saturday. He was quoted by news agency PTI as saying, “After years of struggle, the dream of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (country’s first home minister) of the dam on the Narmada river has come true now.”

As many as 131 urban centres and 9,633 villages (53% of total 18,144 villages in Gujarat) will get drinking water from this dam, stated a report. Besides, the dam also seeks to meet the irrigation needs of 18.54 hectares of land in 3,112 villages located in 15 districts of Gujarat.

Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited’s Managing Director Rajiv Gupta stated that the people of Gujarat will be proud on the day the dam reaches its full capacity. On Saturday Gupta tweeted, “#SardarSarovarDam further storage necessary to control flood situation in Bharuch city due to high tide and 175 villages in three districts. District Administration requested to control outflow. Level touched historic mark of 138 mtrs today.”

About Sardar Sarovar Dam:

The foundation stone of the Sardar Sarovar Dam was laid by India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on April 5, 1961. After a span of 56 years, the dam was completely built in September 2017.