Prime Minister Narendra Modi has turned 69 on Tuesday, 17 September.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who turns 69 on Tuesday, 17 September, has planned to celebrate his birthday by visiting his mother, Heeraben, and later the site of Gujarat’s Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river – the water level of which has reached its highest mark for the first time since it was inaugurated in 2017.
To celebrate the water level milestone, he will also kick off ‘Namami Narmade’ festival, according to a state government release issued on Monday.However, at a time when he will be offering prayers at the dam site, the people affected by the project’s reservoir will hold a rally in Madhya Pradesh’s Barwani district.
PM Modi landed at the Ahmedabad airport on Monday night.
Before leaving the site at around 12 noon, PM Modi is expected to visit the temple of Lord Dattatreya at Garudeshwar village near Kevadiya.
The Narmada Control Authority (NCA) had in 2014 granted the permission to raise the height of the mega dam to 138.68 metres from 121.92 metres.For the first time since the height of the dam was raised in 2017, the water level reached its highest peak at 138.68 metres on Sunday evening.
The dam aims to provide drinking water to 131 urban centres and 9,633 villages (53 per cent of total 18,144 villages in Gujarat) and irrigation facilities for 18.54 hectares of land, covering 3,112 villages in 15 districts.