“N” in #AtoZChallenge
Narmada river, for many starts and ends in the State of Gujarat. Thanks to the attention it got through the Narmada Bachao Andolan which was pivoted on the Sardar Sarovar Dam project.
So, where exactly the Narmada extents from? The source of the Narmada is a small reservoir, known as the Narmada Kund, located at Amarkantak in the eastern Madhya Pradesh. The Narmada rises at an elevation of about 3,500 feet or 1000 meters.
From here it flows through the west, reaches Gujarat and flows into the Arabian Sea. And this was the sole reason for all the development activities that started along the Narmada River. These activities related to the Narmada Dam was initiated just after Independence of India by the then government.
The sole idea was to research on how to better utilize the water which otherwise flows into the Arabian Sea. This called for the construction of a Dam to store water for irrigation and other projects. Result? Millions of tribes and people fro here was relocated from this region.
The Narmada river is one of the holy rivers of India for Hindus. According to a legend, the river Ganges, polluted by millions of people bathing in it, assumes the form of a black cow and comes to the Narmada river to take a bath and cleanse itself in its holy waters.
What’s in name, Sardar?
The name Sardar in Gujarat has always been a point of discussion for many projects started in this name. If the Narmada Bachao Andolan was for Sardar Sarovar Dam project, it was the 3000 Crore issue on the World Tallest Statue of Sardar Vallabhai Patel.
True to its name, the Statue of Unity had really become a reality due to the Unity of India across the length & breadth of its land. Farmers and many others contributed to this Statue by providing the Iron needed for the statue.
Of course, it is definitely a big pride for we Indians to have something in the record that says we have such a marvel, and it is constructed during our lifetime.
But at what cost, some may ask. We have seen the same emotions down south when the then Vaigai Dam was constructed, where several villages have to be sacrificed for the betterment of the larger section of people. And today, it’s been appreciated by everyone as the best project done.
So will the future generation find such reason and be pride? Or otherwise? Time will answer and I am sure we may or may not be here to see it. But our Sardar Vallabhai Patel will, as the Statue of Unity.
My theme for the April 2019 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the rivers, mostly from India. Let me see if I can make it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here. Interested to know my next destination starting with letter O? Try commenting your guess, let’s see.
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