AGRA: Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday inaugurated Uttar Pradesh’s first intra-district helicopter service from Bateshwar in Agra to Goverdhan in Mathura, marking former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth anniversary.
Based on the PPP model, the service will be run by a private player from Uttarakhand and it will cover a distance of 65 km between Agra and Mathura.
During the ceremony, Adityanath also unveiled a bronze statue of Vajpayee in his native village of Bateshwar in Agra. A cultural complex housing museum dedicated to the Bharat Ratna awardee was also inaugurated.
Adityanath addressed a public meeting and inaugurated the ‘Atal Krishi Mela’, a three-day fair and exhibition at a site close to Yamuna ghats having Shiva temples.
The CM also made an announcement for the development of a potato research center in Agra. He also laid the foundation of projects worth Rs 100 crore aimed at bringing new life to Bateshwar, a historical village located in the Chambal ravines across the borders of UP andMP.
Earlier in the day, Adityanath paid tributes to the former prime minister and said that Vajpayee was the ‘Ajat Shatru’ of politics. He possessed remarkable abilities to work in both favourable and challenging situations, the chief minister further said.
Addressing a gathering, he said that unstable governments left the country vulnerable. Adityanath said that Vajpayee provided a stable government. He highlighted the current situation in Pakistan due to an unstable government, saying that the people there were struggling for a square meal. Stability is the measure of economic prosperity, Adityanath added.
“Earlier, daughters couldn’t go to school, farmers couldn’t go to their fields, and development funds were misused. Today, Uttar Pradesh is witnessing progress. Connectivity in villages is improving — not just roads, but also air connectivity. When we came in 2017, UP was third in the country. Today, we are leading the nation,” the CM added.
Adityanath said in the next two years, solar pumps will be provided to 50,000 farmers which will free them from diesel pumps, making irrigation easier for them.