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dated November 18, 1955: Nehru at Bhakra Dam

Prime Minister Nehru declared at Nangal on November 17 that India would, in the days to come, undertake bigger projects than Bhakra-Nangal and their dreams for the country's progress were bound to be fulfilled. But, he added, new India could be built, not merely by the brilliance of a score or hundreds of people, but by the cooperative, hard work of the millions. Mr. Nehru was pouring the first bucket of concrete into the foundation of the Bhakra Dam, marking the beginning of the last phase of India's biggest project. The Prime Minister suggested to the Bhakra Control Board that when the work was completed, a simple memorial should be erected. On it there should not be the name of any individual or individuals but it should only say "To those who worked hard, and long to build Bhakra-Nangal." On behalf of the builders of Bhakra should be written on the memorial: "A gift to the people of India and the posterity." Earlier, the Punjab Chief Minister, Mr. Bhimsen Sachar, disclosed that Mr. Nehru had resolutely refused to let the dam at Bhakra be named "Nehru Dam."

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