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Nitish ‘Sushasan’ vital to take Bihar forward: Modi

PM inaugurates 3 petro projects worth Rs 900 cr

With eyes fixed on the upcoming Bihar Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated three petro projects estimated to incur an investment of Rs 900 crore.

These include the Durgapur-Banka section of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur Pipeline Augmentation Project and two LPG Bottling Plants. They have been commissioned by Indian Oil and HPCL under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

In what sounded like a poll campaign speech, the PM praised Chief Minister Nitish Kumar saying Bihar’s administration has been exemplary in making sure that Government schemes reach the common people.

“Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has a very important role to play in taking Bihar forward on the path to progress. We must ensure Sushasan (good governance) in Bihar. The good work done in the last 15 years must continue.  During the rule of Nitish, two large universities, one IIT, one IIM, one NIFT, one National Law Institute in Bihar have opened,” said Modi.

“In the last 15 years Bihar has shown that if the right Government is elected in a State, benefits of Government’s schemes can reach its people,” said Modi detailing the Rs 21,000 crore projects implemented in the State by the BJP led Government.

These two LPG plants will be able to fill gas cylinders for several districts not only in Bihar but also in Jharkhand and a few districts in Uttar Pradesh as well, Modi said.

Kumar, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Bihar Deputy CM Sushil K Modi were among those who were present in the virtual inauguration ceremony. The Prime Minister said the Centre has worked extensively in developing all energy related projects in the State.  “We do not live in the age where one generation saw the inauguration of a project and another generation saw its completion. New India and new Bihar believes in fast-paced development.”

Detailing the implementation of several projects, Modi said the age when someone owned a gas connection was considered a bigwig is now a thing of the past.  He also highlighted that Centre’s schemes like Ujjwala has also empowered women and made sure that they do not spend hours collecting firewood which would later when burnt to cook would also cause respiratory ailments.

The PM said eastern India and Bihar’s infrastructure was never prioritised. He further said earlier people never imagined that they could get access to developed infrastructure because there were economic and political issues to which no one paid attention to despite the fact that the region is teeming with natural as well as human resources.

Modi specially thanked people who delivered gas cylinders to common people’s homes amid the Covid-19 pandemic while inaugurating the scheme.

Clearly aware of the massive problems faced by the migrant labourers from Bihar in the immediate aftermath of the imposition of “lockdown,” the Prime Minister said migrant labourers have returned back and new employment opportunities have also been created. Even during such a huge global epidemic the country has not stopped especially Bihar has not stopped, he said.

He added the National Infrastructure Pipeline Project worth more than Rs 100 lakh crore is also going to help in increasing economic activity. He urged everyone to keep working fast to make Bihar, eastern India, an important center of development.

Monday, 14 September 2020 | PNS | New Delhi

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