Prime Minister Narendra Modi who turned 69 on Tuesday celebrated his birthday in Gujarat-his home state. He went to his mother-Hiraba’s residence- and had lunch with her. Earlier he went to Sardar Sarovar Dam where he offered prayers.
The dam achieved full reservoir level for the first time and as part of it the ruling BJP organised state level celebrations. Modi reviewed various projects at the dam site. He said he was happy to see the rising number of visitors to the Statue of Unity of Sardar Patel.
According to him, the 133-year-old Statue of Liberty in the United States got around 10,000 visitors a day, whereas about 8,500 people visited the 11-month-old Statue of Unity daily, making it one of the fastest growing tourist places in the country.
He also visited the new garden and other amenities being developed around the statue. He arrived at Kevadiya in the morning to take part in the ‘Namami Narmada’ festival being celebrated by the State government to mark the filling up of the dam to its full reservoir level of 138.68 metres due to heavy inflow of waters from the Narmada’s catchment areas in Madhya Pradesh.
Addressing a hige gathering at the dam site PM said Sardar Vallabhai Patel’s vision inspired the Central government’s recent move on Jammu and Kashmir. Praising the former Home Minister and his role in unifying the country, Modi said the government’s move was aimed at resolving the decades-old issue having implications on national security.
Lauding Sardar Patel for his role in the annexation of Hyderabad princely State with the Indian Union in 1948, the Prime Minister said September 17 was celebrated as Hyderabad Liberation Day because of the vision of the late leader.
He inaugurated a butterfly park at the dam site and also visited cactus garden. He saw river rafting which was started today. Modi spent nearly 4 hours at Kevadia colony.
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