Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated and laid foundation stones of 23 projects worth over Rs 17,500 crore in Haldwani ahead of the assembly elections in Uttarakhand.
These projects cover a wide array of sectors/areas across the state including irrigation, road, housing, health infrastructure, industry, sanitation, drinking water supply, according to PMO.
It includes three different stretches of the Chardham all-weather road which have been widened, the Nagina-Kashipur National Highway, the Suring Gad hydel project, and sewage works under the Namami Gange program at Nainital.
Lakhwar multi-purpose hydroelectricity project worth Rs 5,747 crore, an AIIMS satellite center for Kumaon worth Rs 500 crore, Moradabad-Kashipur four-lane road, improved road connectivity with Nepal, and an Aroma Park in Kashipur are among the key projects whose foundation was laid by the prime minister, according to PTI.
This is Prime Minister Modi’s second visit to the state this month. On his last visit to Uttarakhand on December 4, Modi had unveiled projects worth over Rs 18,000 crore in Dehradun besides addressing an election rally. Attacking the Opposition over “vote bank politics”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in December said in poll-bound Uttarakhand that the BJP brings schemes that are for the good of the country, rather than any community.
He was inaugurating and laying foundation stones for development projects worth Rs 18,000 crore at Dehradun’s Parade ground, just months before Uttarakhand goes to the polls. PM Modi said these projects would help make this decade that of Uttarakhand.
“With time there have been a lot of deformities in Indian politics. By creating discrimination, some political parties are focusing only on a particular section, be that people of their caste, a particular religion, or from their locality. They see their vote bank in that. These political parties have found another way. That way is to not let people gain strength. They want people to always be dependent on them. These political parties created a belief that they are dependent on the government. Pride and self-respect of the common people were crushed under a planned conspiracy,” he said.
Source: Indian Express, NDTV