Remembers Vajpayee, dedicates 11 National Highway projects

PM in Udiapur Remembers Vajpayee dedicates 11 National Highway projects

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Udaipur. Courtesy @PMOIndia

Eyeing assembly polls in Rajasthan scheduled for next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate highway and road projects worth Rs15,000 crore in Udaipur on Tuesday.

The Minister said that after the Narendra Modi-led central government came to power in 2014, the number as well as length of National Highways in Rajasthan has doubled.

He was speaking at an event here to mark the inauguration of 12 National Highways projects entailing expenditure of Rs 5,610 crore and laying of foundation stones for another 11 projects costing Rs 9,490 crore. He said, "A small bridge (work for which started) in 2006, worth Rs 300 crore, could have been built in a year or two".

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Modi set the stage to woo residents of Rajasthan's tribal belt-the Udaipur division comprising of six districts-by beginning his speech in Mewari dialect, with mentions of Maharana Pratap and other heroes from Mewar history.

"Lekin hum jara alag mitti ke bane hue hain (But we are made of a different stuff)". "The biggest challenge before us today is to put an end to these old evils".

Infrastructure played a huge role in the nation's development but earlier governments and policy-makers often avoided such time-consuming projects involving large investments "as people often lose patience", Modi said at a public meeting here.

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Ahead of the PM Modi's visit, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje along with state Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, PWD Minister Yunus Khan and DGP Ajit Singh reached Udaipur today to take stock of all arrangements.

Prime Minister in his address also ridiculed UPA government for taking more than 10 years in constructing the hanging bridge over Chambal river in Kota. Built at a cost of Rs 278 crore, this bridge marks the completion of the East-West corridor. "Efforts to rescue several such schemes from ground consumes so much of my energy..."

He said, "Better roads will help our farmers immensely". Modi assured the people here that the Centre government would help the state's flood victims. The project that should have taken one-and-half year, took 11 years! "The optical fibre network will ensure that benefits of education reach remote villages through digital network", he said.The Prime Minister said that GST has been a game-changer for the transport sector, saving a lot of time for truckers as "chungi nakas" (toll plazas) have gone.

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