PM Modi unveils Rs 14,523 worth projects in Odisha, criticises State Government


Bhubaneswar: PM Narendra Modi today laid foundation stones of a slew of projects worth Rs 14,523 cr and inaugurated the much awaited new campus of IIT Arugul on the outskirts of state capital Bhubaneswar.

Modi, who arrived in the city at around 1 pm, flew to Arugul IIT in a chopper amid tight security arrangements. Later, he inaugurated the new campus of the IIT erected at a project cost of Rs 1,260 cr along with laying of foundation stone of new projects worth Rs 14, 523 cr via video conferencing.

The projects which witnessed foundation stone lying today includes, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) at Khordha, Rs 3800 cr worth proposed Paradip-Hyderabad pipeline project of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and Rs 3437 cr Bokaro-Angul gas pipeline project under the Urja Ganga Yojana of the Central Government, six laning of Chandikhole-Bhadrak section of NH-5 (New NH-16), 4 laning of Cuttack-Angul section of NH-42 and 6/4 laning of Tangi-Puintola section of NH-5.

He also inaugurated an archaeological museum at Lalitgiri, built up at an estimated cost of Rs 9.5 crore and an ESI Hospital at Bhubaneswar which has been upgraded to a 100-bedded one from 50-b edded at a project cost of Rs 73.5 crores.

Earlier, the PM also launched a postage stamp and a commemorative coin of Rs 200 featuring the historic Paika Rebellion (1817) against the British Government to mark its bicentenary celebration and dedicated the Buxi Jagabandhu chair (research laboratory) in Utkal University in the presence of Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Jual Oram.

In his public address at Goshala ground later, Modi didn’t hesitate to criticise the Odisha Government for not implementing the Ayushman Bharat Yojana (National Health Protection Scheme) in the state. He said, had the State Government implemented the scheme, people would have gotten free medical care across the country. Around six lakh citizen are being benefitted by this scheme, he added.

Later, he came down heavily upon the Odisha Government for failing to tackle chit fund scam, labour migration, doctor’s crunch in hospitals and farmers’ plight.

PM claimed that, the BJP Government at the Centre has given around 35 lakh LPG connections to women in Odisha under the Ujjwala Scheme, taking the LPG connected households in Odisha to 70% from earlier position of 20%.

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