After inaugurating the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Kevadia colony of Narmada district, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed a gathering in Dabhoi at the closing ceremony of ‘Narmada Mahotsav’. He also laid the foundation stone for National Tribal Freedom Fighters’ Museum during the event.

While addressing the crowd, Modi said the dam will improve Gujarat’s power generation capacity and help farmers. He also said that the dam was constructed despite several obstacles, including World Bank’s refusal in financing the project. In his speech, Modi dedicated the dam to those who constructed it and to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who envisioned the dream years ago. PM Modi has now departed for Amreli in Saurashtra where he will attend a host of programmes and address a public gathering.

PM Narendra Modi remembers Marshal of IAF Arjan Singh who died on Saturday. “We met at an event recently. At 98, he stood and saluted me. His discipline will be remembered by all and the coming generations with be inspired by him. India will always remember him for his sacrifices for Maa Bharti,” Modi said.

“My adivasi brothers have fought for independence of Maa Bharati, despite British executing hundreds of adivasi fighters. People think only handful people fought for independence. Tribal Museums will pay tribute to valiant adivasi fighters,” he said. “Tribal museums will be digitally equipped and will connect the youth with the real heroes of the freedom struggle,” Modi added.

Modi said the ‘Statue of Unity’ will be a fitting tribute to Sardar Patel and will draw tourists from all over.

“I do not believe in celebrating my birthday. But it’s Vishwakarma Jayanti today and celebrating this day with so many people has been one of the biggest moments with my life,” said Modi.

“There have been many who politicised the construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam. But we overcame all conspiracies against Maa Narmada to complete the Sardar Sarovar project,” Modi said.

“Lack of water resources has been a major factor in slowing the pace of development,” Modi said. “As Gujarat CM, I still remember, as CM when I went to border areas I saw BSF Jawans do not have water. We brought Narmada waters to borders for Jawans.”

“Formulation of plans and implementation is difficult in India. Sardar Sarovar Dam faced so many obstacles. World Bank decided they won’t give money for the Sardar Sarovar Dam,” Modi said. “World Bank or no World Bank, hamne bhi thaan li thi ke dam banaake rahenge,” he said.