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Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das today said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting the state on January 5 during which he would lay the foundation stone for construction of Mandal Dam in Palamu.

Addressing a press conference at the Chief Minister's residence here Mr. Das said the long-awaited Mandal Dam project would finally see the green light as Prime Minister Narendra Modi would lay a foundation for the construction of the Dam which would be built at a cost of Rs 2500 crore.

Chief Minister said that during Narendra Modi's stint as the Chief Minister of Gujarat he had brought the water from the Sabarmati river to the area of Kutch through pipelines and same model would be replicated in the state as the water from the Soan River would be brought through pipelines to address the drinking water and irrigation needs of Palamu and Garhwa districts and the foundation of the same project would also be laid by him on that day.

The Chief Minister to tide over the issue of drought under the Sujalam Sufalam Yojana 5000 ponds will be built up in the state for which the state has already inked an agreement and the inauguration of the scheme will also be done by the Prime Minister on that day.

Those present on the occasion included Cabinet ministers Amar Kumar Bauri, C P Singh, Ramchandra Chandravanshi, Randhir Singh, Shrimati Louis Marandi and Raj Paliwar. Also present were Chief Secretary Sudhir Tripathi Development Commissioner D K Tiwari Principal Secretary of Chief Minister Sunil Kumar Barnwal and other senior police and administrative officials.

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