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India Prime Minister Modi inaugurates controversial dam project

India Prime Minister Modi inaugurates controversial dam project
From Reuters - September 17, 2017

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Indias biggest dam on Sunday, ignoring warnings from environment groups that hundreds of thousands of people will lose their livelihoods.

The controversial Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river in the countrys western state of Gujarat that will provide power and water to three big states was dedicated to the people of India by Narendra Modi.

The project has been beset by controversies since the laying of the foundation stone by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in 1961. The construction of the project began in 1987.

The dam is the second biggest dam in the world after the Grand Coulee Dam in the United States.

Ahead of the inauguration Modi said in a tweet, This project will benefit lakhs of farmers and help fulfill peoples aspirations. (1 lakh = 100,000)

The dam is expected to provide water to 9,000 villages and the power generated from the dam would be shared among three states - Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

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