New Delhi, Dec 30 (MNN) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated and laid foundation stones of 23 projects of over Rs 17,500 crore in Uttarakhand, where Assembly elections are slated to be held early next year.
He laid foundation stone of Lakhwar Multipurpose Project first conceived in 1976 and pending for many years.
He also inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of road projects to improve connectivity in remote, rural and border areas and entailing expenditure of Rs 8,700 crore. One of the projects will ensure improved connectivity for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
Modi also laid the foundation stones of Aroma Park at Kashipur and Plastic Industrial Park at Sitarganj and multiple other initiatives in housing, sanitation and drinking water supply across the state.
Addressing a gathering on the occasion, he referred to the strides made by Uttrakhand in hydro power, industry, tourism, natural agriculture, and connectivity.
The Prime Minister said that many migrated to other places from the region in the absence of development and requisite facilities.
Modi said that the BJP-led government is working with the spirit of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’, pointing out that AIIMS Rishikesh satellite centre and the medical college at Pithoragarh will strengthen medical infrastructure in the state.
He said that various projects, including those launched on Thursday, will improve connectivity in the hill state. He said that during the last seven year through ‘Har Ghar Jal’, toilets, Ujjwala scheme, PMAY, the lives of women are getting a new dignity.
The Prime Minister flayed the past governments for the delay in implementation of government schemes. “The Lakhwar project launched in Uttarakhand was first thought of in 1976. After 46 years, our government has laid the foundation stone. This delay is nothing short of a crime,” Modi said.