Modi launches development projects in Ghaziabad, Kanpur
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Modi launches development projects in Ghaziabad, Kanpur

Ghaziabad/Kanpur/Varanasi, March 8, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched various development projects in Ghaziabad and Kanpur and attended the National Women Livelihood Meet 2019 in his constituency Varanasi during a day's visit to Uttar Pradesh.
In Ghaziabad, Modi unveiled a plaque to mark the inauguration of the Civil Terminal of Hindon Airport. He then visited Sikandarpur and laid the foundation stone of Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System. 
He also launched various other development projects and distributed certificates to the beneficiaries of various Government schemes.
The Prime Minister visited the Shaheed Sthal (New Bus terminus) Metro Station in Ghaziabad and flagged off the metro rail service from Shaheed Sthal Station to Dilshad Garden. He also took a ride in the train.
Addressing a public meeting at Sikandarpur in Ghaziabad, he said Ghaziabad was today know by three Cs: Connectivity, Cleanliness and Capital. In this context, he mentioned about increased road and metro connectivity, the city’s 13th rank in Swachh Survekshan rankings and its stature as a business hub of Uttar Pradesh.
With the new Civil Terminal in Hindon Airport, people of Ghaziabad can take off to other cities from Ghaziabad itself, instead of going to Delhi. The new metro service from Shaheed Sthal will reduce the sufferings of travellers between Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
Being built at a cost of Rs 30,000 crore, the Delhi-Meerut RRTS system will be the first such transport system in India. Once completed, it will considerably reduce the travel time between Delhi and Meerut. 
About the benefits of the newly-launched Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan Yojana, he said the scheme will provide financial security for informal sector workers during their old age. More than two crore farmers have received their first instalment under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, he added.
During his visit to Kanpur, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Lucknow Metro Rail project and laid the foundation stone of Agra Metro Rail project. He also laid the foundation stone of Panki Thermal Power plant and unveiled plaques to mark the launch of various development projects at Niralanagar.
Addressing the gathering, Modi said Kanpur was the birthplace of many brave leaders who have contributed immensely for the country. The Panki Thermal power plant, once completed, will end the power deficit situation in Kanpur and Uttar Pradesh. Under the Saubhagya scheme, more than 76 lakh free electricity connections have been provided in the State.
About the initiatives taken by the Union Government to clean the River Ganga, he said that it was earlier thought to be an impossible task. Due to several measures taken by the government, including the blocking of drains that discharged waste into the Ganga and treatment of sewage, the water quality has improved. 
Referring to the Defence Corridor coming up in Uttar Pradesh, he said it will greatly benefit the people of Kanpur. Major infrastructure development was taking place in the State in the form of roads, air and rail connectivity, besides the various metro rail projects in the cities. 
He reiterated that by 2022, every single family in the country will have a house. Under PM Awas Yojana, around 1.5 crore houses have been built in the country so far.
Modi paid respects to the brave soldiers from Kanpur who lost their lives in Pulwama attack and Budgam plane crash. He said the Union Government was taking strong action against terrorism.
The Prime Minister said that it is important to maintain an atmosphere of unity in the country. He appreciated the quick action taken by the Uttar Pradesh Government against those who had attacked Kashmiris recently. He urged all the State Governments to take stern action against anyone who perpetrated such acts.
Later, in Varanasi, Modi attended the National Women Livelihood Meet-2019, held at Deendayal Hastkala Sankul on International Women’s Day.
He visited the exhibition on products manufactured by Self Help Groups aided by Uttar Pradesh Rural Livelihood Mission. He distributed Electric Chaak, Solar Charkha and Honey Warp to women beneficiaries and appreciation letters to five women Self Help Groups. 
Various women Self Help Groups supported by Deendayal Anthodia Yojana, NRLM-Uttar Pradesh, handed over a cheque of Rs.21 lakh to the Prime Minister as their contribution towards ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ Fund.
Paying his respect to all women on International Women’s Day, Modi said the women have an important role in creating a New India. He expressed happiness that more than 65 lakh women from around 75,000 locations were participating in the event through video conference. He added that Varanasi was a shining example of women empowerment.
Reiterating the Government’s total commitment towards the empowerment of women, he listed the various schemes initiated by the Union Government for the welfare of women and girl children. These covered the fields of health, nutrition, sanitation, education, skill development, self-employment, new gas connections and also on ensuring the safety and security of women. The maternity leave of six months introduced by the government is one of the best in the world.
Women were being given priority in all Union Government schemes. They have been beneficiaries in 11 crores out of the 15 crores Mudra Loans given so far, he added.
Appreciating the exceptional work done by Self Help Groups (SHGs) in India, he said their work was not only resulting in the betterment of their family but also leading to the development of the nation. The government was giving new energy to the SHGs in terms of better bank loans and support systems. Around 50 lakh SHGs covering around six crore women were now present in the country. He said that the vision of his government was to connect at least one women member in every family with an SHG.
The Prime Minister urged the SHGs to be innovative and understand their market better. He asked them to utilize the GEM portal to sell their products to the Government. 
He asked women to fully utilize the recently launched Pradhan Mantri Shram Maan-Dhan Yojana, as it provides financial security during old age. He mentioned about the benefits of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi and Ayushman Bharat Yojana. Later, he also interacted with the members of the Self Help Groups in Varanasi.
During the visit, Modi offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple. Addressing a gathering at the temple after a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony, he said he was blessed to be associated with the project of Kashi Vishwanath Dham. 
He complimented the officers involved with the project, for performing their task with devotion. He thanked all the people who had property around the temple, and have allowed its acquisition for the project.
He said the Kashi Vishwanath Temple has survived the vicissitudes of centuries. He praised Queen Ahiyabai Holkar for her work on the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, over two centuries ago. Since then, not much thought had been given by those in power, to the entire area around the temple.
About 40 temples near the Kashi Vishwanath Temple had encroached upon over time, have now been freed of that encroachment. The entire Temple complex is now in the process of rejuvenation, and the results are becoming visible. A direct link is being established between the River Ganga and Kashi Vishwanath Temple.
This project will become a model for similar projects elsewhere and provide a new global identity to Kashi, he added.

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