PM Modi lays foundation stone & dedicates development projects in Bhavnagar, Gujarat

Published By : Admin | September 29, 2022 | 14:31 IST
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The Prime Minister lays foundation stone of the World’s First CNG Terminal
PM also inaugurates the Regional Science Centre in Bhavnagar
PM inaugurates various other projects including package 7 of Sauni Yojna link 2, 25 MW Palitana Solar PV Project, APPL Container project
PM lays foundation stone of projects including package 9 of Sauni Yohna link 2, Chorvadla Zone water supply project
“In its journey of 300 years, Bhavnagar has made a steady growth and has made its mark as the cultural capital of Saurashtra”
“In the last two decades, sincere efforts have been made to make Gujarat's coastline the gateway to India's prosperity”
“Bhavnagar is emerging as a shining example of port-led development”
“Lothal is the oldest port in the world and the construction of Lothal Maritime Museum will create a new identity for the place”
“Along the lines of empowerment of farmers, credit cards were issued to fishermen”
“Supporting those who have been left behind is a commitment of the double-engine government”
“Dreams and aspirations of the poor give me the energy to work continuously”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of projects worth over ₹5200 crores in Bhavnagar today. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the World’s First CNG Terminal and of the brownfield port at Bhavnagar. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Regional Science Centre which is spread over 20 acres and has been built at a cost of around ₹100 crores. During the programme, the Prime Minister also inaugurated various other projects including package 7 of Sauni Yojna link 2, 25 MW Palitana Solar PV Project, APPL Container (Aawadkrupa Plastomech Pvt. Ltd.) project; and laid the foundation stone of projects including package 9 of Sauni Yohna link 2, Chorvadla Zone water supply project among others.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister thanked the people for coming to the event in such a large number despite the warm weather. He said, on one hand, when the country is celebrating 75 years of independence, Bhavnagar has completed 300 years of its establishment. In this journey of 300 years, Bhavnagar has made steady growth and has made its mark as the cultural capital of Saurashtra. This development journey of Bhavnagar will get a new momentum through the projects being launched and planned today. He said that he is of the firm belief that Rajkot-Jamnagar-Bhavnagar area will soon have the same aura as Surat-Vadodara-Ahmedabad. He said that Bhavnagar has immense potential in industry, agriculture and business. Today's event is a living example of the efforts of the double-engine government in this direction.

The Prime Minister remarked that Bhavnagar is a district situated on the coast and Gujarat has the longest coastline in the country. But due to the lack of attention to coastal development in the post-independence decades, this vast coastline had become a kind of big challenge for the people. Highlighting the work done by the double-engine government, the Prime Minister remarked that in the last two decades, the government has made sincere efforts to make Gujarat's coastline the gateway to India's prosperity. “We have developed many ports in Gujarat, modernized many ports”, the Prime Minister added, “New opportunities for employment were created.” The Prime Minister pointed out that Gujarat was the first state in the country to get an LNG terminal and today, Gujarat has three LNG terminals.

Throwing light on the importance of the coastal ecosystem, the Prime Minister remarked that the government has played a key role in developing coastal industries and energy networks for these industries. Fishing harbours were constructed and fish processing was promoted for the benefit of the fishermen's community. Mangrove forests were also developed in the area. Shri Modi also commented that the then government in the Center had said that many lessons can be learnt from Gujarat about how to develop a coastal area. The Prime Minister also said that the government has taken key steps to take aquaculture forward. Remarking on the coastline of Gujarat, the Prime Minister said that it has become a medium of employment for lakhs of people today besides playing a big role in the import and export of the country. “Today, Gujarat's coastline is emerging as synonymous with renewable energy and the hydrogen ecosystem”, he continued, “We have tried to make Saurashtra a centre of energy. Today, whatever be the energy needs of the country, this region is becoming an important hub of that.”

The Prime Minister underlined that the port of Bhavnagar will play a big role in building a self-reliant India and create hundreds of new employment opportunities in the state. “There will be an expansion of business related to storage, transportation and logistics”, Shri Modi added. Referring to the legacy of the Alang Ship breaking yard, the Prime Minister said that the biggest beneficiary of the Vehicle Scrappage Policy will be Bhavnagar. He also underlined the related opportunities of container building from the scrapped iron.

Remarking on Lothal being an important centre of our heritage, the Prime Minister said that it is the oldest port in the world and the construction of Lothal Maritime Museum will create a new identity for the place. The Prime Minister also pointed out that work is being carried out at a rapid pace to bring it on the tourism map of the whole world. “Along with Lothal, the eco-tourism circuit in Velavadar National Park is also going to benefit Bhavnagar, especially small businesses”, the Prime Minister added. Shri Modi recalled a time when the fishermen of the area had to face life-threatening situations due to a lack of awareness. Recalling the time when the Prime Minister was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, he said that a special red basket with several buttons was handed out to the fisherman. In times of an emergency, the fisherman had to press the button to summon the coast guard office for assistance or help. The Prime Minister further added that subsidies have been provided to the fishermen to improve the condition of their boats. “Along the lines of empowerment of farmers, credit cards were issued to fishermen”, Shri Modi said.

The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction with the changes that have been brought about after the implementation of the Sauni Yojna which began in Rajkot. Emphasizing the relentless progress of the project despite initial cynicism in some quarters, the Prime Minister said “today, the Sauni Yojna is taking Narmada to all the places where it is supposed to go at a meteoric pace”. The Prime Minister highlighted that the projects that have been inaugurated today will take the waters of the Narmada river to many districts of Bhavnagar and Amreli. Shri Modi pointed out that it will immensely benefit the farmers of several villages of Gariadhar, Jesar and Mahuva talukas of Bhavnagar, along with Rajula and Khambha talukas of Amreli district. “Work has also started today to reach hundreds of villages and dozens of cities in Bhavnagar, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Botad, Junagadh, Rajkot and Porbandar districts”, the Prime Minister added.

In concluding the address, the Prime Minister said that supporting those who have been left behind is a commitment of the double-engine government. When the poorest of the poor get resources and dignity, they overpower poverty by the dint of hard work and perseverance. The Prime Minister remarked, “In Gujarat, we often organize Garib Kalyan Melas. During one such program, I handed over a tricycle to a sister here in Bhavnagar. Then that sister told me that I have never driven a tricycle. So give electric tricycle only. This faith and these dreams of the poor are my strength even today. These dreams, these aspirations of the poor give me the energy to work continuously.”

The Prime Minister recalled his long association with Bhavnagar and remembered his old associates and went down memory lane. He said that today’s projects will contribute to the bright future of Bhavnagar. He thanked the people for their ever-growing affection for him.

Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendra Patel, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Member of Parliament, Shri C R Patil, Dr Bhartiben Shiyal and Shri Naranbhai Kacchadiya were those present on the occasion among others.

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of projects worth over ₹5200 crores in Bhavnagar. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the World’s First CNG Terminal and of brownfield port at Bhavnagar. The port will be developed at a cost of over ₹4000 crores and will have the state-of-the-art infrastructure for the world’s first CNG Terminal along with the world’s fourth largest lock gate system. In addition to the CNG Terminal, the port will also cater to the future needs and demands of various upcoming projects in the region. The port will have an ultra-modern Container Terminal, Multipurpose Terminal, and Liquid Terminal with direct door-step connectivity to the existing roadway and railway network. It will not only lead to economic benefits in terms of cost saving in handling cargo but also generate employment for people in the region. Also, the CNG Import Terminal will provide an additional alternate source of energy to meet the growing demands for clean energy.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi also inaugurated the Regional Science Centre in Bhavnagar, which is spread over 20 acres and has been built at a cost of around ₹100 crores. The centre has several theme-based galleries including Marine Aquatic gallery, Automobile gallery, Nobel Prize gallery - Physiology and Medicine, Electro-Mechanics gallery, and Biology Science gallery. The centre will also provide a creative platform for discovery and exploration for children through outdoor installations like animatronic dinosaurs, science theme-based toy trains, nature exploration tours, motion simulators, portable solar observatories etc.

During the programme, the Prime Minister also inaugurated various other projects including package 7 of Sauni Yojna link 2, 25 MW Palitana Solar PV Project, APPL Container (Aawadkrupa Plastomech Pvt. Ltd.) project; and laid the foundation stone of projects including package 9 of Sauni Yohna link 2, Chorvadla Zone water supply project among others.

The inauguration and foundation stone of these wide-ranging developmental projects reflect the commitment of the Prime Minister to develop world-class infrastructure, enhance urban mobility and improve multi-modal connectivity. It also showcases the continuous focus of his government on enhancing the ease of living of the common man.

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PM Modi addresses a public meeting in Kankrej, Patan and Sojitra, Gujarat
December 02, 2022
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Whatever the work, Congress sees its own interest first, and the interest of the country later: PM Modi in Kankrej
Facilities are being developed in the border villages so that instead of migration, more employment & self-employment opportunities are created in the villages: PM Modi
The country is confident that no matter how big the challenges are, only the BJP will find solutions: PM Modi in Patan
BJP government has taken several unprecedented decisions ranging from Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao to recruiting daughters into the army: PM Modi on Women Empowerment
Congress continues to ignore the contributions of the great Sardar Patel: PM Modi in Sojitra
20 years ago there were less than 1000 colleges in Gujarat, today there are more than 4000 colleges in Gujarat: PM Modi in Sojitra

PM Modi continued his campaigning today for the upcoming elections in Gujarat. In his first address at Kankrej, PM Modi talked about the economic and religious importance of cows in Indian society. In his second address at Patan, PM Modi spoke on the assured win for the BJP in Gujarat. PM Modi in his third address for the day focused on the spirit of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat.

Highlights from the Kankrej Public Meeting

Hitting out at the opposition, PM Modi slammed the Congress for stalling development in Gujarat for decades. PM Modi said, “There has been a firm identity of the Congress – to stall, to hang, to wander. Whatever the work, Congress sees its own interest first, and the interest of the country later”. PM Modi added that Congress failed to understand the problems faced by the farmers and said that many irrigation projects were stalled by them which only got completed after the BJP took power in the centre.

PM Modi iterated on a few examples of corruption undertaken by the Congress and said, “Congress used to do scams worth thousands and lakhs of crores. Congress had made corruption a courtesy.”

PM Modi finally addressed the people on development undertaken by the BJP in 20 years, especially in the border areas, PM Modi said, “Facilities are being developed in the border villages so that instead of migration, more employment & self-employment opportunities are created in the villages”.

Highlights from the Patan Public Meeting

PM Modi reminisced about his memories in Patan and told people about his life when he used to reside in Kagda ki Khadki. PM Modi also spoke on the BJP becoming a symbol of trust in the country, PM Modi said, “The country is confident that no matter how big the challenges are, only the BJP will find solutions”. PM Modi iterated on the efforts of the BJP government in providing vaccines, fiscal support and subsidies to the people during the COVID period.

Talking about the steps taken by the BJP Government to empower the role of women in society, PM Modi said, “The BJP government has taken several unprecedented decisions ranging from Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao to recruiting daughters in the army”. PM Modi further highlighted that the Bajra farmers of the Patan region will benefit massively through the International Year of Millets.

PM Modi finally addressed the people on the development undertaken in Gujarat in the past 20 years. PM Modi talked about the early adoption of solar energy by farmers in Gujarat. Adding to the development works, PM Modi said that Gujarat’s untapped potential in tourism is being holistically developed and will generate employment for the youth.

Highlights from the Sojitra Public Meeting

PM Modi called out the fallacies of the Congress for dividing Gujarat based on caste and throwing the state into turmoil. The PM further added that the Congress continues to ignore the contributions of the great Sardar Patel till this date and targeted them for not paying their respects at the Statue of Unity.

In Sojitra, PM Modi iterated on the mammoth size of the schemes launched by the BJP government during the COVID to safeguard the people from every adverse aspect possible. Talking about the effectiveness of the double-engine government in Gujarat, he gave a few examples of schemes that are uplifting the living standards of the people. PM Modi also accredited the dairy cooperative model of Anand to empower villages and the poor of the country.

PM Modi finally addressed the people on the strides Gujarat has taken in the education sector. PM Modi said, “20 years ago there were less than 1000 colleges in Gujarat, today there are more than 4000 colleges in Gujarat”. He further added, “Earlier the youth of Gujarat used to go to other states for higher education, but today youth from other states are coming here and studying.”