Modi to visit Uttarakhand on Thursday and launch 23 development projects worth Rs 17,500 crore

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File photo)

Modi to visit Uttarakhand on Thursday and launch 23 development projects worth Rs 17,500 crore

New Delhi, December 29, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Haldwani in Uttarakhand tomorrow and launch development projects worth more than Rs 17,500 crore.

They include 23 projects worth Rs 14,100 crore, in different parts of the state and in various sectors, for which he will lay the foundation stones. The projects are in sectors such as irrigation, roads, housing, healthcare, industry, sanitation and drinking water supply.

Modi will also inaugurate six projects worth Rs 3,400 crore, including multiple road widening projects, a hydropower project in Pithoragarh and projects to improve the sewerage network in Nainital.

An official press release said the Prime Minister would lay the foundation stone of the Lakhwar Multipurpose Project to be built at the cost of about Rs 5,750 crore. The project was first conceived in 1976 and was lying pending for many years.

"The Prime Minister’s vision to prioritise long-pending projects is the force behind the project's foundation stone being laid. This project of national importance, will enable irrigation of about 34,000 hectare additional land, produce 300 MW hydro power and supply drinking water to the six states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan," it said.

The road projects that will be launched tomorrow are worth about Rs 8,700 crore.

They include four-laning of the 85 kilometre Moradabad-Kashipur Road at a cost of over Rs 4000 crore; two-laning of the 22-km stretch of Gadarpur-Dineshpur-Madkota-Haldwani road (SH-5) and the 18-km from Kiccha to Pantnagar (SH-44); construction of 8-km long Khatima bypass in Udham Singh Nagar; and construction of four-lane National Highway (NH109D) being built at a cost of over 175 crore.

"These road projects will improve connectivity of Garhwal, Kumaon and Terai region and also the connectivity between Uttarakhand and Nepal. Improved connectivity will also benefit industrial areas in Rudrapur and Lalkuan besides improving the accessibility of Jim Corbett National Park," the release said.

Further, foundation stones of multiple road projects all across the state under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna would also be laid by the Prime Minister. The projects include laying of 133 rural roads with a total length of 1,157 kilometres at cost of more than Rs 625 crore and construction of 151 bridges at a cost of about Rs 450 crore.

The road projects being inaugurated by the Prime Minister include a project of 99 km of road widening from Nagina to Kashipur (NH-74) built at a cost of over Rs 2,500 crore and projects to widen the road at three stretches on the strategic Tanakpur-Pithoragarh road (NH 125) built under all-weather road project at a cost of over Rs 780 crore. The three stretches are from Chyurani to Ancholi (32 kilometre), from Bilkhet to Champawat (29 kilometre) and from Tilon to Chyurani (28 kilometre).

"The road widening projects will not only improve connectivity of the remote areas but will also give fillip to tourism, industrial and commercial activities in the region. The strategic Tanakpur-Pithoragarh road will now have all-weather connectivity that will facilitate the unhindered movement of the army to the border areas and improved connectivity for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra," the release said.

Modi will also lay the foundation stone of AIIMS Rishikesh satellite centre in Udham Singh Nagar district and Jagjivan Ram Government Medical College at Pithoragarh. These two hospitals are being built at a cost of about Rs 500 crore and Rs 450 crore, respectively. The improved medical infrastructure will not only help the people of Kumaon and Terai regions but also the bordering areas of Uttar Pradesh, it said.

The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for the construction of about 2,400 homes for the economically weaker section in the cities of Sitarganj and Kashipur in Udham Singh Nagar district. These homes will be built at a cumulative cost of more than Rs 170 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (Urban).

To improve the tap water supply in the rural areas of the state, he will lay the foundation stone of 73 water supply schemes across 13 districts of the state under the Jal Jeevan Mission. The schemes will cumulatively cost around Rs 1,250 crore and will benefit more than 1.3 lakh rural households of the state, the release said.

Further, to ensure regular supply of quality water in urban areas of Haridwar and Nainital, the Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of water supply schemes for these two cities. The schemes will provide about 14,500 connections in Haridwar and more than 2400 connections in Haldwani, benefitting about one lakh population of Haridwar and about 12,000 population of Haldwani.

The foundation stones of a 41-acre Aroma Park at Kashipur and a 40- acre Plastic Industrial Park at Sitarganj will be laid. The two projects will be developed by State Infrastructure & Industrial Development Corporation Uttarakhand Limited (SIIDCUL) at a cumulative cost of about Rs 100 crore. The Aroma Park will make use of Uttarakhand's immense potential of floriculture growth because of its unique geographical conditions. The Plastic Industrial Park will be a step to establish the state’s industrial prowess and create employment opportunities for the people, the release said.

The Prime Minister will also inaugurate two sewage treatment plants of 7 MLD and 1.5 MLD capacity constructed at the cost of about 50 crore at Ramnagar, Nainital. Also, he will lay the foundation stone of the construction of nine sewage treatment plants (STPs) in Udham Singh Nagar, to be built at a cost of about Rs 200 crore; and a Rs 78 crore project for upgradation of sewerage system in Nainital.

Modi will also inaugurate the 5 mega watt capacity Suringad-II run-of-the-river hydroelectric project built by Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam (UJVN) Limited at Munsyari in Pithoragarh district built at a cost of about Rs 50 crore, the release added.

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