In two days, PM Modi to launch 50 projects worth Rs 50,000 crore in four states – ET Infra


PM Narendra Modi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate and lay the foundation stones of about 50 projects worth around Rs 50,000 crore during his two-day tour of Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Rajasthan on Friday and Saturday.

This comes barely days after the infrastructure ministries made a presentation before the council of ministers giving details of the timeline for inauguration and foundation stone-laying for nearly 900 projects entailing investment of over Rs 13 lakh crore, which are planned until the mode of code of conduct for the 2024 general elections is implemented. The BJP-led government is looking at the hectic roll-out of projects in the next eight to nine months, starting this week to project its achievement in accelerating infrastructure growth across the country. Sources said more focus will be on completion and inauguration of projects in the states where assembly polls are due over the next few months.

The details of the presentation at Monday’s meeting chaired by Modi show that while 560 projects costing around Rs 7.6 lakh crore will be inaugurated by February-March 2024, foundation stones for the remaining 350-odd projects entailing investment of around 5.6 lakh crore will be laid across states, sources told TOI. These include 60-65 “signature projects”. Signature projects are the ones that cost over Rs 5,000 crore each or are of strategic importance. These include Chenab Bridge, Pamban Railway Bridge, Sone Bridge, Dwarka Expressway, Ankleshwar-Baroda stretch of Delhi-Mumbai Expressway and Gorakhpur-Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojna. Modi will inaugurate two such projects – Amritsar-Jamnagar Expressway and a new section of the dedicated freight corridor from Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction to Son Nagar – during his two-day tour.Sources said around 200 projects are ready for inauguration with another set of 200 or so expected to be ready by end-2023. Meanwhile, sources said Modi will first travel to Raipur where he will lay the foundation stone and dedicate multiple projects, including the six-lane section of the Raipur-Vishakhapatnam NH corridor and thereafter, he will attend a public meeting. Then he will visit Gorakhpur where will attend a programme at the Gita Press and will also will flag off Vande Bharat trains on three routes. He will also lay the foundation stone for redevelopment of the Gorakhpur railway station.The PM will visit Varanasi where he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of multiple projects, including the four-laned Varanasi-Jaunpur section of NH-56 and renovation of Manikarnika Ghat and Harishchandra Ghat. On the second day, he will visit Warangal in Telangana where he will lay the foundation stone of projects, including for Nagpur-Vijayawada corridor. Then he will visit Bikaner in Rajasthan.

  • Published On Jul 5, 2023 at 07:31 AM IST

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