PM Modi inaugurates Rs 27,000-crore development projects in Chhattisgarh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, October 3, laid the foundation stone and dedicated to the nation a host of development projects worth Rs 27,000 crore in Chhattisgarh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, October 3, laid the foundation stone and dedicated to the nation a host of development projects worth Rs 27,000 crore in Chhattisgarh. The projects included NMDC Steel’s three-million-tonnes-per-annum integrated steel plant, worth over Rs 23,800 crore, at Nagarnar in the Bastar district, and a string of road and railway infrastructure works. The Prime Minister also flagged off a train service, Taroki-Raipur DEMU, connecting Taroki with the country’s railway network.
The PM also laid the foundation stone for a project to upgrade the Jagdalpur railway station, one of the 30 stations in the state being upgraded under the Centre’s ambitious Amrit Bharat Station drive, which seeks to redevelop more than 1,300 railway stations across the country.
Dedicating and laying foundation stones for multiple projects in Jagdalpur, aimed at enhancing socioeconomic growth and 'Ease of Living' for the people. https://t.co/7BtXzz4q1e
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PM Modi said that the vision of a developed nation will come to reality only with the development of its “every state, every district and every village”.
In its Union Budget for the year ending March 2024, the Union government earmarked Rs 10 lakh crore as capex, in a big boost to infrastructure development in the country, translating to a 33.3 per cent increase compared with the previous year and equivalent to 3.3 per cent of the country’s GDP.
“Chhattisgarh is reaping the benefits of being a large steel-producing state,” the Prime Minister said.
The Nagarnar Steel Plant (NSP), built over 1,980 acres of land, is capable of producing high-quality steel. “The plant will put Bastar on the steel map of the world and provide a boost to the socioeconomic development of the region,” according to an official statement.
“The steel produced in Bastar will strengthen the armed forces along with boosting defence exports… It will give new momentum to the prioritisation of development of aspirational districts like Bastar by the central government,” the Prime Minister said.
He also said that the plant will provide employment opportunities to 50,000 youth from Bastar and nearby regions.
The Prime Minister said the government has taken numerous steps in the last nine years to make the nation self-reliant in steel production. He also pointed out that the state’s railway budget has been increased by about 20 times since 2014.