Prime Minister Launches Various Road and Bridge Projects in Mokama

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at a function in Mokama on Saturday.

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Mokama, Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after attending the centennial celebration of Patna University in the state capital on Saturday and after making an unannounced visit to the Bihar Museum, arrived in Mokama where he inaugurated a slew of developmental projects intended to strengthen infrastructure in Bihar.

Speaking on the occasion, Modi said that in the last three years since NDA came into power, his administration had invested over Rs. 38,000 crore in various projects and it was not even close to being over.

Among the projects the Prime Minister inaugurated on Saturday included Rs. 1,161 crore six-lane bridge over Ganga in Mokama that would run parallel to the existing Rajendra Setu. He also laid the foundation stone for the widening of four National Highways passing through Mokama and a Rs. 738-crore project to build sewerage treatment plants and new sewage network in Patna under Namami Gange project.

"Our government is determined to make Bihar a prosperous state by 2022. In the past three years we have substantially increased the budget size to double the speed of development and we are far from being done. With a progressive Chief Minister like Nitish Kumar, Bihar is destined to be one of the best states in the nation and we will always be there to make his dream come true," he said.

Like avoiding commitment on giving Patna University the status of Central University at the function earlier at the Patna Science College, Modi, much to the disappointment of the Chief Minister, ruled out dropping the idea of Ganga Waterways between Patna and Haldia saying if developed, the waterways would help bring down the cost of transportation which, in turn, would bring down cost of essential items in Bihar.

The Prime Minister earlier began his speech by speaking in his memorized Magahi saying "कईसन ह मोकामा के लोग? तोहरा परनाम. हम धन्य हो गलियो." This drew the loud applause that it was expected to invoke.

"Mokama is the 'tapobhoomi' (place of prayers) of famous people like Baba Chauharmal, Parshuram, and national poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar. At Simariaghat, Loknayak Jaya Prakash Narayan spent some time before launching his Total Revolution. This is a very pious place and we will do everything to develop its infrastructure," he said.

Modi also wished people of Mokama a happy Diwali and safe Chhath that fall on October 19 and 26 respectively.

"Ganga is an integral part of all Indians and it is imperative to keep it clean. With a clean Ganga, the festival of Chhath will become even more enjoyable," he said.

Central Land Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari also spoke on the occasion in which he said that his department was engaged in Rs. 53,000 crore projects in Bihar to build roads and highways in the state.

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