Prime Minister Gifts Bihar Projects Worth Over Rs. 33,000 Crore

PM Modi Announces a slew of new projects for Bihar at an event in Begusarai on Sunday.

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Patna: Just months ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday gifted Bihar with over Rs. 33,000 crore of schemes that promises to change the face of the state in the next decade.

Prime Minister Modi, who earlier arrived at the Patna Airport by a special aircraft, was welcomed by Governor Lalji Tandon, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and a host of top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal – U leaders along with senior bureaucrats.

Just about an hour later, he reached Begusarai where he kicked off a slew of projects including the much-hyped 31.39-kilometer-long metro railway project for the state capital that is to be built at the cost of Rs. 13,365.77 to ease the city from perpetual traffic nightmare that Patna is known for.

Besides the Governor and the Chief Minister, Modi was accompanied by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan, and other NDA leaders.

Other projects that Modi inaugurated on Sunday includes development and expansion of the Barauni Refinery, new sewage network in Patna, sewage treatment plant in Barh, Sultanganj, and Naugachhia; several projects under the central government’s AMRUT scheme to the tune of Rs. 1424.14 crore, medical colleges in Chhapra, Bhagalpur, and Gaya; Gas Pipeline between Jagdishpur and Haldia and Bokaro and Dhamra; PNG pipeline at 9.75 homes in Patna, CNG pumps in Patna, a weekly train between Ranchi and Patna, development of 16 ghats in Patna as part of the Riverfront Development Scheme, and electrification of many rail lines in many parts of the state.

The Prime Minister began his speech in Begusarai by paying tribute to the 40 CRPF jawans who died in a terrorist attack in Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir last Thursday.

“I am as much pained and outraged by this attack. I salute the martyrs and pay tribute to all slain jawans including Sanjay Kumar Sinha and Ratan Kumar Thakur who belonged to Bihar. To the people who have gathered here today, I want to tell you that the fire that is raging within your heart is also burning in my heart. Our government is committed to keep our nation safe and we will do whatever is necessary to take proper action against those who perpetrated this terror on our soil,” he said.

Both Nitish Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi also spoke on the occasion and hoped India would take stern action against the terrorists responsible for last Thursday attack in J&K.

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