Fifty-six years after the foundation stone for the Sardar Sarovar dam on the Narmada river was laid, the Gujarat government on Saturday got permission from the Centre to shut the gates of this controversy-hit structure, marking the "completion" of the project.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his deputy Nitin Patel on Saturday visited the site and ordered the closure of the gates.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the permission to close the gates of the dam on Saturday.
"Although the gates of the dam are closed today, it will open the gates of development for Gujarat," he told reporters in Gandhinagar. "The project is a lifeline for Gujarat."
"This is a historic day for Gujarat, as the government led by Narendra Modi has fulfilled the wish of the people of the state, who were yearning to see the completion of this project for decades," he said.
The foundation stone for the dam was laid in 1961 by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and with the permission to close its 30 gates today by the Modi-led government, it took 56 years for the dam to be completed.
With the closing of the gates, the height of one of the biggest water reservoirs in the country will be 138 meters and the storage capacity 4.75 million cubic metre (MCM).
At present, the height of the dam is 121.92 meters and the water storage capacity is 1.25 MCM.
Deputy CM Patel said, "The huge volume of wa...