BARIPADA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a slew of central government projects worth over Rs 1,550 crore in Odisha and said they would play a key role in accelerating the state’s development.
Describing the projects as a new year gift to the people of Odisha, the prime minister expressed hope that 2019 will steer the state on a path of rapid development.
The projects inaugurated by Modi are related to road highways and transport, petroleum and natural gas, railways, culture, tourism and passport services.
Some key projects include four-laning of three major national highways in Odisha, laying of a section of a key LPG pipeline and doubling of an important railway line.
The Prime Minister also flagged off a new passenger train on a route, unveiled multi-modal logistics hub in Balasore as well as a project for restoration and conservation of historical site of Haripurgarh.
The assembly polls in Odisha are also slated to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls.
During his last visit to Odisha on December 24, Modi had unveiled a number of projects worth more than Rs 14,500 crore.These apart, PM Modi inaugurated renovation and restoration works at Nilamadhav and Siddheswar Temple at Gandhaharadi in Boudh, Paschim Somnath group of temples, also in Boudh, and Ranipur Jharial group of monuments in Balangir.
He inaugurated six Passport Sewa Kendras at Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Phulbani, Bargarh and Balangir.