Modi launches 23 projects worth over Rs 17,500 crore in Uttarakhand
New Delhi, December 30, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated/laid the foundation stone of 23 projects worth over Rs 17,500 crore in Uttarakhand today.
Modi laid the foundation stone of the Lakhwar Multipurpose Project which was first conceived in 1976. He also inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of road sector projects worth Rs 8,700 crores.
These road projects would improve connectivity in remote, rural and border areas and facilitate the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
He also laid the foundation stone of AIIMS Rishikesh satellite centre at Udham Singh Nagar and Jagjivan Ram Government Medical College at Pithoragarh. These satellite centres would be in line with the Government’s endeavour to provide world-class medical facilities in all parts of the country, an official press release said.
Modi laid the foundation stone of Aroma Park at Kashipur and Plastic Industrial Park at Sitarganj and multiple other initiatives in housing, sanitation and drinking water supply across the state.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said the growth of infrastructure in the state, including the Char Dham project and new rail routes would make this the decade of Uttarakhand. He also referred to the strides taken by the state in hydropower, industry, tourism, natural agriculture and connectivity.
He said that, in the absence of development and facilities, many people from the region had migrated to other places.
Modi said the government was working with the spirit of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’.
He said laying the foundation stone of AIIMS Rishikesh satellite centre at Udham Singh Nagar and Jagjivan Ram Government Medical College at Pithoragarh was to strengthen the medical infrastructure in the state. New facilities introduced during the last seven years through Har Ghar Jal, toilets, Ujjwala scheme, PMAY were aimed at improving the lives of women.
The Prime Minister said delays in government schemes had plagued the previous regimes. “The Lakhwar project was first thought of in 1976. After 46 years, our government has laid the foundation stone. This delay is nothing short of a crime,” he added.
Modi said the Government was engaged in a mission from Gangotri to Gangasagar.
"With the construction of toilets, better sewerage system and modern water treatment facilities, the number of dirty drains falling into the Ganges is decreasing. Similarly, Nainital lake is also being cleaned. The Union Government has set up India's largest optical telescope at Devasthal in Nainital. This has not only given a new facility to the scientists of the country and abroad, but this area has also got a new identity," he said.
The Prime Minister lamented the fact that despite being a border state many defence-related needs were ignored in Uttar Pradesh. Soldiers had to wait for connectivity, essential armour, ammunition and arms for giving a befitting reply to invaders and terrorists.