Modi says housing for all will be achieved by 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said housing for all will be achieved by 2022 while unveiling development projects in Yavatmal and Dhule districts in Maharashtra.
Modi, during his visit to Yavatmal, handed over the keys to selected beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). 
“About 14,500 new houses are built at Yavatmal under PMAY. We will achieve our target of Housing for All by 2022. These concrete homes will lead to concrete dreams of people inhabiting them,” he added.  
He distributed certificates and cheques to women Self Help Groups (SHGs) under the Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission.
He said this program was an extension of efforts to provide each and all the Panchdhara of development, that is an education for children, livelihood to youth, medicine for senior citizens, irrigation to farmers and redressal of public grievances.
With the press of a button, he laid the foundation stone of roads’ project worth Rs 500 crore. He flagged off the Humsafar Ajni (Nagpur) - Pune train through video link. He emphasized that connectivity was the key to development and road and railway projects will help in overall development of Yavatmal and surrounding regions.
Addressing a public gathering, Modi said, “We are undergoing a deep sorrow and anguish over the Pulwama attack. Two brave sons of Maharashtra have also sacrificed their lives for the nation. Our thoughts are with the bereaved families. 
“Their sacrifices will not go in vain. We have given security forces full freedom to choose a time, place and manner to decide the future course of action. If we are able to fulfil the dreams we aspired for or to develop nation it is because of the sacrifices of our brave soldiers,” he added.
In order to conduct research on the Sickle cell disease, a research centre was being built at Chandrapur.
Prime Minister inaugurated the Sahastrakund Eklavya Model Residential School. Its campus, spread across 15 acres, has all the modern amenities. He expressed the hope that the School will fulfil the aspiration of tribal children. It was a part of his mission to set up 1000 Eklavya Model Residential Schools across tribal areas.
“We are especially committed to the cause of overall development of tribals from Jandhan to Vandhan. While Jandhan has helped in the financial inclusion of the poor, Vandhan is helping in bringing additional income to the poor through Minor Forest Produce. 
“We are setting up Vandhan Kendras for value addition to Minor Forest Produce so that the tribals get a better deal for their produce. We have also de-notified bamboo as a tree so that tribals can diversify their income from bamboo and its produce,” he added. 
Later, in Dhule, he inaugurated the Lower Panazara Medium Project under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY). The project was included in PMKSY in 2016-17. It has a total water storage capacity of 109.31 MCum, with an irrigation potential of 7,585 hectares; it will bring water to about 21 villages of Dhule district.
He also laid the foundation stone of Sulwade Jamphal Kanoli Lift Irrigation Scheme. The scheme envisages lifting 9.24 TMC of flood water from the river Tapi during 124 days of the monsoon season. The scheme seeks to irrigate a land area measuring 33,367 hectares, spanning around 100 villages of Dhule district.
Modi laid the foundation stone of Dhule City Water Supply Scheme, under AMRUT. The scheme will ensure water availability and hence boost industrial and commercial growth. He also laid the foundation stone of Dhule-Nardana Railway Line and Jalgaon–Manmad third Railway Line.
He flagged off the Bhusaval-Bandra Khandesh Express train through a video link. The overnight train will provide direct connectivity between Mumbai and Bhusawal and will run three days a week.
He inaugurated the Jalgaon-Udhna Railway line after doubling and electrification. This will increase the capacity of ferrying passengers as well as goods. It will act as a catalyst for the development of Nandurbar, Vyara, Dharangaon and other places on the section.
Referring to the terrorist attack in Pulwama, the Prime Minister said while this was a time of restraint, sensitivity and grief, a befitting reply will be given. “India is now a country with a new way and a new policy, the world will also experience this. Our defence forces will not allow any elements inimical to the nation, to sleep peacefully. If someone hurts the New India, the nation will not let them get away with it,” he added.
He said Dhule has the potential to become an important industrial city of the country. It is located in a place which makes it suitable for trade with different cities of the nation. Several National Highways pass through Dhule, he noted.
The connectivity of the district was being further enhanced with two new railway lines, the foundation stone for which has been laid today,  While the widening of the Udhna–Jalgaon railway line was started around a decade ago, it could be completed only now. Both the double-laning as well as the electrification of this rail line have been completed.

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