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In Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for nine road projects worth more than Rs 14,000 crore. He also laid the foundation for Internet networks to link all Bihar villages with the ‘Har Gaon Optical Fibre Cable’.
The virtual event was chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and was attended by Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Giriraj Singh, Bihar Governor Fagu Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Union MoSs R K Singh, Gen (Dr) V K Singh (Retd), Ashwini Kumar Chaube, Sanjay Dhotre, State Ministers, several MPs, MLAs and Centre and State Senior Officers.
While addressing the meeting, PM Modi said, “History has witnessed that only that nation progresses, which invests heavily on infrastructure. Today, highways are being constructed at double the earlier speed. Investment on road construction has also been increased five times.” He claimed that Bihar is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the development of infrastructure.
“While making plans for road development in Bihar, the government has given due weightage to construction of bridges over the rivers. As a result, 17 river bridges are being made in Bihar. Due care is being given towards developing multi-modal transport system in the country,” PM Modi further said. “The Government has announced to spend more than ₹ 110 lakh crore on infrastructure in the coming four to five years. Out of this, projects worth more than ₹ 19 lakh crore are allocated for the development of highways alone,” he added.
The Prime Minster said Bihar would also benefit from these measures to improve road-related networks and connectivity. About 3000 Kms of National Highway were planned under the Prime Ministers Program announced in 2015. In addition, a six and a half-kilometre national highway is being developed under the Bharatmala Programme. The work on the national highway system is moving at a rapid pace in Bihar. Five projects to link East and West Bihar with four lanes are underway along with six projects to link North India with South India.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, in addition to the PM package, the Centre is also contributing to the infrastructure of the state. He lauded the initiatives of the Prime Minister to uplift the economy. He also appreciated the Centre for the rapid construction of the State Highways and Bridges. He though, suggested that the need for a direct route between Buxar and Varanasi be taken into account. The Chief Minister also acknowledged the need for NH width uniformity in order to ensure smooth traffic flow. Nitish Kumar said that the government is doing all it can to raise the people’s capital income in the state.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Law and Justice, Electronic and Information Technology and Communications, said that it is a historic day for Bihar as two crucial physical and digital infrastructure projects are being inaugurated. Gen (Dr) V K Singh (Retd), Union Minister of State for RTH declared that these projects have a road length of approximately 350 Kms, with a construction value of Rs 14258 crore.
In the year 2015, the Prime Minister announced a special package for major infrastructure growth in Bihar which included 75 projects worth Rs 54,700 crore, from which 13 projects were completed, 38 are undergoing and others are at the stage of DPR / Bidding / Sanction. All rivers in Bihar will have bridges that meet with the requirements of the 21st century, and all major NHs will be expanded and upgraded, with the completion of these projects. The total number of bridges across the Ganga River will be 17 under the PM’s package, with a lane capacity of 62. Thus, on average, every 25 kilometres, there will be a bridge over rivers in the state.
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