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'India moving forward with confidence': PM Modi at 'Viksit Bharat, Viksit Rajasthan'

In a step to boost the production of renewable energy in the region, the prime minister will lay the foundation stone and inaugurate important solar projects worth around Rs 5,300 crore in the state.

Hritika Mitra Edited By: Hritika Mitra @MitraHritika New Delhi Updated on: February 16, 2024 11:57 IST
PM Modi attends 'Viksit Bharat, Viksit Rajasthan' programme
Image Source : @NARENDRAMODI PM Modi attends 'Viksit Bharat, Viksit Rajasthan' programme via video conferencing

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 'Viksit Bharat Viksit Rajasthan' programme via video conference on Friday. He will also launch multiple development projects worth Rs 17,000 crore in the state. The Rajasthan projects cater to several important sectors including roads, railways, solar energy, power transmission, drinking water and petroleum and natural gas.

Addressing the 'Viksit Bharat Viksit Rajasthan', he said, "Several people from every Assembly of Rajasthan have joined this important program, I congratulate all of you. A few days ago, the grand welcome you gave to the President of France in Jaipur echoes throughout India and France.

"After independence, today this golden period has come. India has got this opportunity to leave behind all the disappointments from 10 years ago. India is moving forward now with confidence. Before 2014, there used to be only discussions of scams and bombings. People of India used to think what would happen to them and to the country. During the Congress regime, this was the atmosphere," he said.

Attacking the Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan, Modi said, "During the regime of the previous govt in Rajasthan, there used to be frequent paper leaks, youth used to get affected by this, to investigate this, an SIT was formed as soon as BJP came to power. Central govt has formed a stringent law against those who indulge in paper leaks."

The statement said he will inaugurate various national highway projects worth more than Rs 5,000 crore in Rajasthan besides three stretches of eight-lane Delhi - Mumbai Green field Alignment (NE-4). These sections will provide faster and improved connectivity in the region. These sections are also equipped with animal underpass and animal overpass with camouflaging to facilitate unhindered movement of wildlife, it said, adding that noise barriers have been provisioned as well to minimise the impact on wildlife.

Besides other highway projects, Modi will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of eight railway projects of Rajasthan worth around Rs 2,300 crore. c He will lay the foundation stone of multiple projects worth around Rs 2,400 crore including projects under the Jal Jeevan Mission, which is aimed at strengthening the infrastructure to provide clean drinking water in Rajasthan, the statement said.

"The launch of these development projects in Rajasthan underscores the Prime Minister's relentless efforts to transform Rajasthan's infrastructure landscape and create opportunities for growth and development," it said. The event will be organised at about 200 places across all districts of the state, with the centrepiece programme being held in Jaipur.

PM to lay foundation stone of NLC 

The PM will lay the foundation stone of a 300-mw solar power plant of NLC India virtually. "With an emphasis on promoting renewable energy and advancing towards achieving the net zero vision, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will ceremonially lay the foundation stone for the 300 MW Solar Power Plant virtually tomorrow," the coal ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

The state-owned navratna firm is setting up the solar power project in Barsingsar, Rajasthan, as part of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy's Central Public Sector Enterprises Scheme.

(With inputs from PTI)

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