PM Modi in his address also targeted the earlier governments at the Center and said that former Himachal Pradesh Chief Ministers Prem Kumar Dhumal and Shanta Kumar used to visit Delhi to get approval for small projects.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the third phase of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) in Himachal Pradesh and said that the government wants to connect every village in the state by road. Under PMGSY-3, 3,125 km long rural roads will be upgraded in the state.
Construction of 12,000 km of road in eight years
Addressing a rally in Chamba, Modi said the double-engine government of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has built 12,000 km of roads in the last eight years in rural areas of Himachal Pradesh. The Prime Minister also hit out at the previous governments at the Center and said that former Himachal Pradesh Chief Ministers Prem Kumar Dhumal and Shanta Kumar used to visit Delhi to get clearances for even small projects. Modi said that now the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh is coming to Delhi to inform about the completion of the projects.
100% tap water supply in tribal areas
"I feel delighted by serving you people because you have given me this opportunity by giving the mandate to the BJP," he said. The Prime Minister said that under the 'Har Ghar Jal Yojana', 100% tap water supply has been made available in all tribal areas of Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur. He said that the double-engine government of the BJP has provided domestic gas cylinders to every household.
PM Modi also laid the foundation stone of two hydroelectric projects
Referring to the grant of Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to the Hatti community, he said the move shows that this government cares for the tribals. Modi also laid the foundation stone of two hydroelectric projects, namely the 48 MW Chanju-3 and the 30 MW Deothal Chanju hydroelectric project. Both hydroelectric projects will generate 270 million units of electricity annually. Through these, Himachal Pradesh is expected to earn annual revenue of about Rs 110 crore.
The New Vande Bharat Express train flagged off
Modi also launched the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana in Himachal Pradesh. Under this phase of PMGSY-3, an amount of more than Rs 420 crore has been sanctioned by the Central Government for the upgradation of 440 km long rural roads in 15 border and remote blocks of the state. Earlier, Modi flagged off the new Vande Bharat Express train in the Una district of Himachal Pradesh. He also addressed a public meeting at Indira Gandhi Stadium in Una. Modi laid the foundation stone of Bulk Drug Pharma Park in Una. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT)- Una, the foundation stone of which he had laid in 2017.