PM Participates in 'Satyagraha to Swachhgraha' Program; Launches Many New Projects

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Motihari on Monday.

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Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Bihar on Tuesday to take part in the 'Satyagraha to Swachhgraha' campaign that was launched by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar last year with the aim to make Bihar an 'Open Defecation Free' state.

Modi arrived by a special aircraft at Patna Airport where he was received by the Chief Minister, Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, other members of the Nitish cabinet and top government officials.

From Patna, Modi flew to Motihari on a helicopter.

Speaking in Motihari before a crowd of over 10,000 volunteers, Modi congratulated Kumar for taking initiative in making his Swachh Bharat (Clean India) mission a reality in India.

"I am very proud that Bihar has shown its leadership in leading Bihar from Mahatma Gandhi's Satyagraha to Swachhgraha," he said during the conclusion of the year-long celebration of Gandhi's Satyagraha Movement in Bihar.

The Prime Minister congratulated the Chief Minister for building over 26 lakh indoor toilets in Bihar in the past three and a half years with 8.5 lakh of them built within the last one week alone.

On the occasion, Modi while launching a host of new projects to the tune of Rs. 2,500 crore, also flagged off a 12,000 horsepower freight locomotive from the Madhepura Rail Engine Factory made in collaboration with France. This is more than double the power of existing locomotives, and is capable of moving at 120 km/hr.

He also flagged off the new 'Hamsafar Express' between Katihar and the nation's capital of New Delhi.

Other projects inaugurated by the Prime Minister included beautification of the Moti Jheel in Motihari, a water suppy project in Bettiah, three sewerage networks and one sewerage treatment plant in Patna, a new LPG bottling plant at Sagauli, and the doubling of railway tracks in the Muzaffarpur-Sugauli-Valmikinagar division.

Finally, the Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of a six-lane National Highway between Aurangabad and Jharkhand border to be built at a cost of Rs 882 crore.

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