Chandigarh, November 5 – Describing infrastructure as pivotal for the overall development of the nation, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi today said that Union Government is actively working for strengthening infrastructure in the country, be it road network, rail network, power and water. Hence, we have approved national highway projects costing Rs.32,000 crore for Haryana.
The Prime Minister was addressing the gathering after laying foundation stone of three major highway projects having length of 341 kms at Rajiv Gandhi Education City, Rai in district Sonipat today. These projects include Western Peripheral Expressway, Eastern Peripheral Expressway and eight-laning of Highway Section from Mukarba Chowk (Delhi) to Panipat.
While congratulating the Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal, Mr. Modi said that though Haryana is a small state but commencement of road projects of about Rs 32,000 crore in a year is a big achievement for the State. He said that strengthening of infrastructure facilities would not only improve the quality of life but also provide ample employment opportunities to the youth.
Without naming any political party, the PM said that the earlier governments used to remain in dilemma thinking that whether development carried out by them would be converted into votes or not. This practice, going on in our country for last so many years, became a hurdle in the development of the nation. Undoubtedly, the priority of any government should be focused to ensure the development of Scheduled Castes, farmers and deprived sections of the society and also ensure their participation in nation building. He pointed out that it is a general perception that if you have money, you can construct roads but on the contrary, you construct roads, money will automatically flow in.
He expressed concern that even after 60 years of independence, there are still 123 districts in the country which are not connected with National Highways. However, now the Central Government has taken up this task and decided to connect these districts with the National Highways under ‘Bharat Mala Scheme’ so as to give better road connectivity. Similarly, there is need to construction 375 bridges in the country, which, on completion, would give new dimension to the development of the nation. In addition, the Central government is also giving a facelift to the Railways. Concerted efforts were being made to transform the ‘era of Indian Railways’ into the ‘era of Modern Railways’. Besides, we have also launched a campaign to complete the developmental projects which were stalled for years. In this series, work on such projects worth Rs 4 lakh crore have been started in the last six months.
Mr. Modi said that Central Government has prepared a new scheme for maintaining coordination between Road and Rail network under which Railway Over Bridges (ROBs) were being constructed wherever needed.
Establishing an instant chord with the masses, Mr. Modi said, “my dream is to provide electricity to every household by year 2022 when India would be celebrating its 75th year of independence”. He said that though 15 years of 21st century have passed, still about 18,000 villages in the country are not connected with electricity. He assured that the every house in the country would get 24x7 power supply by year 2022.
He made reference to his dream project ‘Digital India’ and said that the government is actively working in this direction. The work of laying the Optical fibre is being carried out at a rapid pace in the entire country. There are lakhs of villages in the country which still do not have digital connectivity.
He also referred to other development schemes of the Union government namely Bharat Mala, Setu Bharat and Atal Bharat.
Thanking the Prime Minister for laying the foundation stone of three major projects on his 5th visit to Haryana, Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal said that this is an auspicious day as on November 1 Haryana has entered into its 50th year of inception. He said that these projects would be a Diwali gift not only for the people of Haryana but also for Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. He also thanked the Central Government and Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari for giving a gift of road projects costing over Rs. 32,000 crore in a year. He said that 924 km long nine NHs have been sanctioned for the Haryana. Apart from this, three big rail projects have also been approved for Haryana in the previous rail budget. He said that during last 48 years only 67 ROBs/RUBs had been constructed in the state whereas during last one and half years of the BJP led Central Government, 53 ROBs/RUBs have been constructed.
Mr. Manohar Lal urged the Prime Minister to sanction an aviation hub in Hisar to cater to the requirements of the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Facility as well as Fixed Base Operations (FBO) and Aerospace Park. It would boost the economic development of the state, he added.
While reiterating his commitment for providing a graft-free administration in the state, he said that during last one year of the present state government, we have implemented 52 schemes for ensuring transparency and promptness in the governance and also to ensure the welfare of people belonging to all sections of the society. He said that state government has given special emphasis on strengthening law and order situation in the state especially for security of women. In this series, Women Police Station have been established at all district headquarters and added that these would also be opened at sub divisional level in the times to come. The Chief Minister said that State Government has launched new Licensing Policy for the benefit of farmers, common man and to keep a check on corruption while issuing licences.
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari highlighted the various road and highway projects being undertaken by the Ministry. He said that the length of NH would be increased from 96,000 Kms to 1.5 lakh Km by December 2015. Apart from this, the single roads would be made double laned, 2-lanes into 4-lanes, 4-lanes to 6 and 8 lanes.
He said that under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal, the Haryana government has restarted the work of Western Peripheral Expressway which was stalled for years. This project, on completion would provide high-speed link of northern Haryana with its southern districts like Gurgaon, Faridabad and Palwal and would help in de-congestion of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi as the traffic from the northern parts of the country to other regions need not have to pass through this area, thus reducing pollution considerably. He assured the Prime Minister that his Ministry would provide direct and indirect employment to 50 lakh youth in next five years.
Member of Parliament Mr. Ramesh Kaushik presented the vote of thanks on this occasion.
Haryana Governor Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Mr. Birender Singh, Union Minister of State for Planning and Defence, Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Mr. Radhakrishnan P., Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr. Krishan Pal, Haryana Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, Haryana Public Works (Building and Roads) Minister, Rao Narbir Singh, Haryana Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Mrs. Kavita Jain, State BJP President Mr. Subhash Barala and other Cabinet Ministers, Ministers, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries, MPs, MLAs and senior officers of Union and State Government were also present on this occasion.