NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for multiple key projects worth approximately Rs 5,000 crore in Jodhpur on Thursday.
He said, “Today, the people of Jodhpur, Marwar received several gifts simultaneously. I have already come prepared with a special gift right from Delhi. Yesterday, the BJP Govt decided that beneficiaries of Ujjwala Yojana will receive gas cylinders only for Rs 600.”
He praised the infrastructure of Rajasthan saying, “Bikaner-Barmer-Jamnagar expressway corridor, Delhi-Mumbai expressway are examples of advanced and high-tech infrastructure in Rajasthan.”
At the event, PM Modi launched a 350-bedded trauma centre and critical care hospital block at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur. He also said that seven critical care blocks under the Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM) will be developed across the state.
While launching the scheme, he said, “For the BJP Government, your health is our priority. On one side, we are providing free treatment facilities to poor families under the Ayushman Bharat scheme and on the other side, we are building modern hospitals in record numbers”
PM Modi also flagged off the Special-Marwar and Runicha Express-Jaisalmer trains, and said that 3700 kilometres of tracks had been electrified in Jodhpur.
He said, “All these decades after independence, until 2014, only 600 kilometres of railway tracks in Rajasthan was electrified. In the last 9 years, over 3700 kilometres of rail tracks were electrified. Instead of diesel engine trains, electric engine trains will ply on these tracks. This will reduce pollution in Rajasthan and keep the air safe. ”
PM Modi also dedicated two vital rail projects to the nation – the doubling of the 145 km long ‘Degana-Rai Ka Bagh’ rail line and the 58 km long ‘Degana-Kuchaman City’ rail line, promising improved rail connectivity.
He also said Rajasthan reflects ‘valour, prosperity and culture are reflected’ and that during the G20 summit which was held in rajasthan it was ‘appreciated by guests from all over the world.’
The Prime Minister flagged off two new train services, the ‘Runicha Express,’ linking Jaisalmer to Delhi, and a heritage train connecting Marwar Junction to Khambli Ghat, enhancing connectivity in the region.
Additionally, PM Modi dedicated two vital rail projects to the nation – the doubling of the 145 km long ‘Degana-Rai Ka Bagh’ rail line and the 58 km long ‘Degana-Kuchaman City’ rail line, promising improved rail connectivity.
Furthermore, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for the state-of-the-art ‘New Terminal Building’ at Jodhpur Airport, valued at Rs 480 crore, aiming to enhance air travel facilities.
The prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Jodhpur campus, built at a cost of over Rs 1,135 crore, was also dedicated to the nation.
PM Modi inaugurated key projects for the Central University of Rajasthan, including a ‘central instrumentation laboratory,’ staff quarters, and a ‘yoga & sports sciences building.’ He also laid the foundation stone for the Central Library, a 600-capacity Hostel, and a dining facility, promoting academic growth.
The Prime Minister initiated multiple road development projects with an investment of about Rs 1,475 crore, including the Jodhpur Ring Road, set to alleviate traffic congestion and reduce vehicular pollution in the city.
(With agency inputs)