After visiting UP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed towards East India state Bihar. There he laid the foundation stone of projects worth over Rs 33,000 crore which also includes the long-awaited Patna Metro Rail Project.
While inaugurating the metro project through a remote function at Barauni in Begusarai district, PM Modi addressed the huge crowd. There he said,
“I congratulate the people of Patna because Pataliputra (the ancient name of Patna) is now connected to the metro rail.”
In the context of the same, Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar who second time shared the dais with PM after he embraced the NDA by dumping the grand alliance in July 2017. He said,
“The Centre and the state each will bear 20 percent cost of the Rs13,365-crore Patna Metro project and the rest amount will be funded through a loan. The 31.39-km Metro project will be completed in the next 3-5 years.”
Addressing the crowd, PM Modi also paid tributes to two jawans of Bihar who lost their lives in the Pulwama attack. Referring to the crowd, he stated that the fire raging within you is in my heart as well.
His words were,
“I salute and pay my tributes to Sanjay Kumar Sinha and Ratan Kumar Thakur (two of the martyred jawans who hailed from the state). I condole the bereaved families. To the people who have gathered here, I would like to say the fire that is raging in your bosoms, is in my heart too.”
Later in the speech, PM Modi stated that the metro project worth Rs. 13,000 crore is being developed in keeping with the future needs of the people.
These schemes will give new speed to Patna city. Along with Patna rail, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Patna City Gas Distribution project and the first phase of River Front Development at Patna.
Furthermore, PM Modi laid the foundation stone for medical colleges at Purnea and Chhapra and also for the upgradation of the government medical colleges at Gaya and Bhagalpur.
Moreover, he said that his government is planning for establishing another All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the state besides the existing one in Patna.
Several Projects for which foundation stone was laid
i. Patna Metro project
ii. Barauni refinery expansion project
iii. 22 projects under AMRUT scheme
iv. Medical colleges at Chhapra
v. Expansion of Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur gas line
Some of the projects for which upgradation work was unveiled
i. Patna city gas distribution
ii. Ranchi-Patna weekly AC train
iii. Phase 1 of the Patna riverfront project
iv. Jagdishpur-Haldia-Dhamra pipeline
v. Electrification of rail lines
Also, ahead of the crucial 2019 Lok Sabha elections, PM Modi is seen launching the election campaign of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in Bihar.