Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit West Bengal and Assam tomorrow for the launch of several projects and will also address public rallies in the two states. This is the second time that the Prime Minister will be visiting the two poll-bound states.
In the visit, Prime Minister Modi will launch a programme for state highways and major district roads in Assam and key infrastructure projects at Haldia in West Bengal. These projects are in line with Prime Minister's vision of Purvodaya, of driving growth of Eastern India. Governor and Chief Minister of West Bengal, and Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas will be present on the occasion.
Modi’s Schedule in West Bengal
In Bengal Modi will inaugurate a liquefied petroleum gas import terminal built by the state-run Bharat Petroleum that has been constructed at an investment of around Rs 1,100 crore and has a capacity of 1 million metric tonnes per year."It will cater to the growing requirement of LPG in West Bengal and other states in eastern and north-eastern India and is an important step towards realising the vision of the Prime Minister to provide clean cooking LPG to every household," according to the Prime Minister's Office.
He will also open 348-km Dobhi-Durgapur natural gas pipeline section, which is part of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Project. It marks an important milestone towards achieving "one nation, one gas grid" project of the government; Rs 2,400 crore were invested to create the pipeline, which will help revival of HURL Sindri (Jharkhand) fertilizer plant and in supplying gas to Matix Fertilizer Plant in Durgapur (West Bengal). It will cater to the gas demand of industrial, commercial and automobile sectors and the city gas distribution across all major towns in the state.
PM Modi will also lay the foundation stone of the second Catalytic-Iso-dewaxing unit of the Haldia refinery of the Indian Oil Corporation. This unit will have a capacity of 270 thousand metric tonnes per year, and once commissioned, is expected to result in a saving of about $185 million in foreign exchange.
Another project to be inaugurated by the prime minister is a four-lane ROB-cum-flyover at Ranichak in Haldia on NH-41. The PMO said that it has been built at the cost of Rs 190 crore. The flyover will result in uninterrupted movement of traffic from Kolaghat to Haldia Dock Complex and other surrounding areas, resulting in substantial saving in travel time and operating cost of heavy vehicles plying in and out of the port.
PM Assam Schedule
Modi will lay the foundation stone of two hospitals and launch 'Asom Mala', a programme for state highways and major district roads, at Dhekiajuli in Assam.
‘Asom Mala' will provide quality inter-linkage roads between the national highways and the rural roads network as well as facilitate continuous multi-modal transportation. It will interconnect economic growth centres with transportation corridors and expand inter-state connectivity.
The prime minister will also lay the foundation stone of two medical colleges and hospitals, which are being set up in Biswanath and Charaideo at a total estimated project cost of over Rs 1,100 crore. Each hospital will have a capacity of 500 beds and 100 MBBS seats.
"The increase in the number of medical colleges and hospitals will not only mitigate the shortage of doctors in the state but also make Assam a hub for tertiary care and medical education for the entire north-eastern region”.