Rajasthan: PM Modi unveils bouquet of development projects
Asserting that building modern infrastructure to take India to newer heights continues to be his govt's priority, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for major highway projects worth over 15,000 crore rupees for Rajasthan in a function in Udaipur.
On the occasion, PM called the bouquet of development projects a gamechanger for Rajasthan and unprecedented in its history.
Taking a swipe at previous govts for inordinate delays in completion of projects, PM drew a contrast between the pace of development work done by previous dispensations and his govt.
He pointed out that while it took 11 years to complete a bridge worth nearly 300 crore rupees, the NDA govt at the Centre has completed 5600 crore rupees worth of projects in 3 years.
He said that his government took decisions with courage and executed them with conviction unlike the previous dispensation which had crippled the whole system.
The bouquet of projects for Rajasthan include: Inauguration of 12 National Highway projects worth 5610 crore rupees. 48 other National Highway Road Safety works.
Foundation stone laying for 11 National Highways worth 9490 crore rupees.
Among the projects inaugurated was a 6 lane cable stayed bridge across River Chambal in Kota. 4 laning of Gomati Chauraha - Udaipur section of NH-8. 4 laning of Rajsamand-Bhilwara section of NH-758 and Nagaur Bypass to Netra village on NH-65 besides 48 road safety projects.
The 6-Lane Cable Stayed Bridge marks the completion of the East-West corridor. The construction of the bridge was stuck since 2006. The bridge will now enable heavy vehicles to bypass Kota city, thus bringing down pollution and traffic congestion. The bridge design is also friendly for wildlife, ensuring minimum noise pollution for them.
11 projects for which Prime Minister did Bhoomi Poojan include 4-Laning of Bar-Bilara-Jodhpur section of NH-112, 6-Laning of Kishangarh-Gulabpura section of NH-79A and Jaipur Ring Road.
Asserting that these roads not only connect Rajasthan and the nation, they are gateways to progress, PM said that govts and politicians did not prefer long-term development projects due to electoral considerations but his govt believes in building modern infrastructure to take India to newer heights.
Recalling the Golden Quadrilateral initiated by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, PM said that, just like it benefited farmers by connecting them to markets, new road projects will also improve their access to markets.
He pointed out that pace of construction of roads and railways has doubled today as compared to the previous regime.
On the occasion, PM hailed GST as a unique reform that changed the tax procedure overnight in the country.
He said that GST helped improve transport efficiency by doing away with border checkposts, reducing transport cost and increase earnings of truck drivers.
He recounted benefits accruing to beneficiaries through execution of development projects and asserted his belief that to take India to newer heights; modern rail, road, power, waterways, optical fibre and coastal connectivity infrastructure.
He explained how optical fibre network can provide tele-medicine and tele-education to far off areas.
The focus of the bouquet of projects unveiled by PM Modi was rural development and thus on farmers, villages and the poor.
During his Rajasthan visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was warmly received by the people of the state, even as he absorbed himself in the city's culture. He spoke in local dialect and sported the colours of Rajasthan.
In his address in Udaipur, he highlighted the state's tourism potential saying it attracts 5 times the number of tourists that other states do. He also assured Centre's full support for the flood victims of Rajasthan.
PM Modi soaked in colours of princely state, wining hearts as he addresses crowd in Udaipur's Khelgaon. He started in Mewar's local dialect and then it was all cheers for PM Modi.
The enthusiasm to welcome and listen to the PM was palpable. He emerged from his chopper into a heavy shower of rain that started just as he landed. The heavy rain never deterred the crowds who had all gathered long before time to listen to him.
Welcoming the Pm was Rajasthan Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria. He tied a Mewari Turban, another state minister presented him with a statuette of Maharana Pratap. PM praised Rajasthan as a land of heroes as he paid obeisance to Meera, Pennadhai and Maharana Pratap.
Prime Minister highlighted the power of tourism. He said that the land has magnetic power to attract tourist from across the world.
While speaking on state floods, PM assured that central government will provide all assistance in crisis. People of Rajasthan also were overwhelmed by the PM's gesture and expressed their appreciation.
Rajasthan is known for its rich cultural heritage and hospitality. Whether it is the Pushkar fair or Udaipur, the vast desert of Jaisalmer, the beautiful pink city or forts, it is unmatched in terms of its potential to attract tourists.
During his visit, PM paid tributes to Maharana Pratap, the famous King of the erstwhile kingdom of Mewar. He visited the Pratap Gaurav Kendra which provides information, through various exhibits, about his life, valour and achievements.