PM inaugurates 23 projects worth Rs 17.5K crore in Uttarakhand | India News

PM inaugurates 23 projects worth Rs 17.5K crore in Uttarakhand | India News

DEHRADUN: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursd-ay addressed a rally in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani and inaugurated 23 developme-nt projects worth Rs 17,500 cro-re in the state.
Road projects constituted around Rs 9,000 crore of this amount, with three different stretches of the Char Dham all-weather road — which have been recently widened — were inaugurated by the PM.
During his speech, Modi emphasised on the importance of the development projects initiated by the central government in Uttarakhand, including the ambitious all-weather road project, which aims to connect the four Himalayan shrines —Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri — through an almost 900-km road widening exercise estimated to cost over Rs 12,000 crore. Although environmentalists have red-flagged the project as being “devastating for the Himalayan ecology”, the Supreme Court earlier this month gave its nod to the road-widening, “in view of national security”, saying that the project will allow better access to the India-China border in Uttarakhand for the armed forces.
Reiterating the significance of the project, which had been launched by him in 2016, Modi said, “I have a special connection with the Himalayas and am well aware of the power of this soil…”
The PM slammed the former Congress-led central government for “being uninterested in development and ignoring connectivity and every aspect of national security”.
He said, “Our Army had to wait for so long for OROP (one rank one pension), modern weapons, and bullet-proof jackets. They even had to wait to give a strong answer to terrorists.” He alleged that “previous governments always insulted the Army”.
He also lashed out at the opposition for criticising the “progressive” Tanakpur-Bageshwar rail line He added that earlier regimes “looted the state with both hands”.
Among the other projects that the PM inaugurated on Thursday were the Nagina-Kashipur national highway, Suring Gad hydel project and sewage works under the Namami Gange programme at Nainital. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Lakhwar project, which envisages the construction of a 204-metre-high concrete dam across the Yamuna near Lohari village in Dehradun.

Assam Press