Modi unveils development projects in Bihar and Jharkhand

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a slew of development projects in the areas of infrastructure, connectivity, energy security and healthcare at functions in Barauni and Hazaribagh during a day's visit to Bihar and Jharkhand today.
At Barauni in Bihar, Modi inaugurated or laid the foundation stones of projects worth Rs. 33,000 crore at a function at which Bihar Governor Laljee Tandon, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi and Union Minister for Food and Consumer Affairs Ramvilas Paswan were present.
He laid the foundation stone of the Patna Metro Rail Project that will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 13,365 crore. It will have two corridors -- Danapur to Mithapur and Patna Railway Station to New ISBT and is likely to be completed in five years. The project will ease the public transport in Patna and adjoining areas.
He also inaugurated the Phulpur to Patna stretch of the Jagdishpur-Varanasi natural gas pipeline, a project initiated by him in July 2015. “It will ensure the supply of gas to the local industries and to the revived Barauni Fertilizer factory besides marking the start of piped gas supply in Patna. A gas-based ecosystem will create employment opportunities for the youth in the area,” he added. 
“The Government is committed for the overall development of Eastern India and Bihar. Under Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Yojana, Varanasi, Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Patna, Ranchi and Jamshedpur are being connected by gas pipeline,” he said. 
Modi also inaugurated the Patna City Gas Distribution project which will provide piped gas supply in the city and adjoining areas.
“The NDA government’s vision of development is on two lines, infrastructure development and upliftment of the marginalized sections of society who have been struggling to avail basic amenities for over 70 years,” he said.
”It is a historic day for Bihar in terms of health care infrastructure development. New medical colleges will now be coming up in Chapra and Purnia while Medical colleges in Gaya and Bhagalpur are being upgraded. He added that AIIMS has come up in Patna while work is on to set up another AIIM in the state to meet the healthcare needs of the people,” he added.
He inaugurated the first phase of River Front Development in Patna and also laid the foundation Stone for the Karmalichak Sewerage Network spanning 96.54 kilometres.  Works related to Sewage Treatment Plants at Barh, Sultanganj and Naugachia were kicked off by the Prime Minister. He also laid the Foundation Stone for 22 AMRUT projects at various locations.
Referring to the pain, anger and grief in the country after the terror attack in Pulwama, he said, “I feel the same fire in my heart that’s burning inside you.” He paid tributes to martyr Constable Sanjay Kumar Sinha from Patna and Ratan Kumar Thakur from Bhagalpur who laid down their lives for the country and said the entire nation stood with the family of martyrs in this hour of grief. 
He laid the foundation stone of the 9 MMT AVU of the Barauni Refinery Expansion Project. Another one was for the augmentation of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur LPG pipeline from Durgapur to Muzaffarpur and Patna besides the ATF Hydrotreating Unit (INDJET) at Barauni Refinery. These projects will significantly augment the availability of energy in the city and the region.
The Ammonia-Urea Fertilizer Complex at Barauni foundation stone was laid by Modi during this visit to boost fertilizer production.
He also inaugurated the electrification of railway lines on the following sectors: Barauni-Kumedpur, Muzaffarpur-Raxaul, Fatuha-Islampur,· Biharsharif-Daniawan and flagged off the Ranchi-Patna AC Weekly Express train.
Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu, Chief Minister Raghuvar Das and  Union Minister Jayant Sinha were among those present at the function at Hazaribagh.
Addressing the gathering, Modi said “I pay homage to Vijay Soreng, the brave son of Jharkhand who laid his life for the nation. At every step we will have to take care of the families of martyrs."
He inaugurated the Medical Colleges at Hazaribagh, Dumka and Palamu. The foundation stone of these colleges were laid by him in 2017. The new Medical colleges are built at a cost of Rs 885 crore. Each college campus is made disabled friendly. The modern medical facilities will benefit 1.5 crores people of 11 districts of Jharkhand. 
"It is this land of Jharkhand that witnessed the launch of Ayushman Bharat Yojana that has benefitted lakhs of people across India including thousands from Jharkhand. And constant efforts are being made to improve the health infrastructure of the state," he said.
He laid the foundation stone for four 500-bedded hospitals at Hazaribagh, Dumka, Palamu and Jamshedpur.
Modi said that health and safe drinking water are inseperable. And the water projects unveiled in Jharkhand will ensure good health of its people. He inaugurated four Rural Water Supply Schemes in Ramgarh and Hazaribagh districts. He laid the foundation stone for an additional six Rural Water Supply Schemes in these two districts along with foundation stone for water supply schemes in areas inhabited by Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups. He also laid the foundation stone for Urban Water Supply Scheme in Hazaribagh. To be set up at a cost of Rs 500 crore, this project will supply safe drinking water to 56,000 households of Hazaribagh.
The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Sahibganj Sewerage Treatment Plant, and the Madhusudan Ghat, under the Namami Gange initiative.
Modi distributed cheques to select beneficiaries to mark the launch of DBT scheme for farmers to purchase mobile phones under e-NAM. He said “the scheme will benefit 27 lakh farmers. With the help of a smartphone they would not only get weather information but information of crop prices, government schemes and new methods of farming also."
The Prime Minister e-inaugurated a Women's Engineering College at Ramgarh. He noted that it is the first such college in Eastern India and only the third in India where only women will study engineering.  
Foundation stone for the Centre for Tribal Studies, Acharya VinobaBhave University, Hazaribagh was also laid by the Prime Minister. He said that the institute will help in garnering and spreading the knowledge on tribal ways and culture. He said that sabka saath sabka vikas entails empowerment of all sections of the society including the poor, women, youth and tribals. And the colleges for women and tribals are efforts in this direction.
The Prime Minister distributed packed milk to select schoolchildren to mark the launch of Kanha Milk Scheme for students in government schools. The students will get 200 ml of milk everyday which will help in fighting malnourishment. “I hope each child will realise her full potential and make the nation proud," he said.
Modi reiterated that his government is making efforts to preserve and promote the memories of tribal heroes of the country's freedom struggle in museums and memorials. The Birsamunda Museum of Jharkhand is one such example, he added.

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