Foundation stone of Bengaluru Suburban Rail project, redevelopment of Bengaluru Cantt. and Yesvantpur Junction railway station, two sections of Bengaluru Ring Road project, multiple road upgradation projects and Multimodal Logistics Park at Bengaluru laid
PM dedicates to the Nation India’s first Air Conditioned Railway Station, 100 percent electrification of the Konkan railway line and other railway projects
“Bengaluru is the city of dreams for lakhs of youth of the country, the city is a reflection of the spirit of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat”
“‘Double-engine’ government is working on every possible means to enhance the ease of life of the people of Bengaluru”
“In the last 8 years the government has worked on complete transformation of rail connectivity”
“I will work hard to fulfil the dreams of the people of Bengaluru in the next 40 months which have been pending for the last 40 years”
“Indian Railways is getting faster, cleaner, modern, safe and citizen-friendly”
“Indian Railways is now trying to provide those facilities and the ambience which was once found only in airports and air travel”
“Bengaluru has shown what Indian youth can do if the government provides facilities and minimizes interference in the lives of citizens”
“I believe whether the undertaking is government or private, both are the assets of the country, so the level playing field should be given to everyone equally”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of multiple rail and road infrastructure projects worth over Rs 27000 crore in Bengaluru today. Earlier, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Centre for Brain Research and laid the foundation Stone for Bagchi Parthasarathy Multispeciality Hospital at IISc Bengaluru. He also inaugurated a new campus of Dr. B R Ambedkar School of Economics (BASE) University and unveiled the statue of Bharat Ratna Dr B. R. Ambedkar in their campus. He also dedicated the upgradation of 150 ITI as Technology hubs.

Governor of Karnataka, Shri Thawarchand Gehlot, Chief Minister Shri Basavaraj Bommai, Union Minister Shri Pralhad Joshi were among those present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said the foundation stone of 5 National Highway Projects, 7 Railway Projects have been laid in Karnataka and a significant milestone of 100% electrification of Konkan Railway has been witnessed today. All these projects will give new facilities, new opportunities to the youth, middle class, farmers, workers and entrepreneurs of Karnataka.

The Prime Minister said that Bengaluru is a city of dreams for lakhs of youth of the country, the city is a reflection of the spirit of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat. “Development of Bengaluru is nurturing of lakhs of dreams. That’s why in the last 8 years the central government is relently working to augment the capabilities of Bengaluru”

The Prime Minister remarked that the ‘double engine’ government is working on every possible means like strengthening infrastructure like rail, road, metro, underpass, flyover, to get Bengaluru free from traffic jams. He added that his government is committed to connecting the suburban areas of Bengaluru with better connectivity. The Prime Minister said that talk about all these measures was going on for the last four decades and now, with the ‘double engine’ government, people have given the opportunity to complete these projects to the current dispensation. The Prime Minister reiterated his commitment to deliver the project in time and said that he will work hard to fulfil the dreams of people of Bengaluru in next 40 months which were pending for the last 40 years.

The Prime Minister said that connectivity by Bengaluru Suburban rail project will connect Bengaluru city with its suburbs and satellite townships and that will have a multiplier effect. Similarly, the Bengaluru Ring Road project will reduce the city's congestion.

The Prime Minister pointed out that in the last 8 years the government has worked on complete transformation of rail connectivity. He noted that Indian Railways is getting faster, cleaner, it is becoming modern, safe and citizen friendly. “We have taken the rail to those parts of the country where it was difficult to even think about it. Indian Railways is now trying to provide those facilities and the ambience which was once found only in airports and air travel. Modern railway station in Bengaluru named after Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya is also a direct proof of this”, he said. The Prime MInister stressed the importance of integrated multimodal connectivity. He mentioned that this multimodal connectivity is getting new impetus by PM GatiShakti National Masterplan. He said the upcoming Multimodal Logistics part is part of this vision. Such projects that are being undertaken with the spirit of GatiShakti will give employment to youth and also strengthen the Aatmnirbhar Bharat Campaign, he said.

The Prime Minister said Bengaluru’s Success story inspires 21st century India to become Aatmnirbhar. Bengaluru has shown what Indian youth can do if the government provides facilities and minimizes interference in the lives of citizens. Benguluru is the dream city of the youth of the country and behind it is entrepreneurship, innovation, proper utility of public as well as private sector. He said Bengaluru is a lesson for those who still disrespect the spirit of private enterprise of India. 21st century India, emphasized the Prime Minister, is an India of wealth creators, job creators and innovators. As the youngest nation of the world, this is India's wealth and strength, he added.

The Prime Minister also highlighted the importance of MSME and said with the change in definition of SME, new avenues of their growth have been thrown open. As a mark of confidence in Aatmnirbhar Bharat, India has done away with foreign participation in contracts upto Rs 200 crore. Central government departments have been directed to make purchase upto 25 percent from MSME. GeM portal, he said, is proving to be a great enabler for the MSME segment.

Referring to huge strides in the startup sector, The Prime Minister said one could count on fingers how many billion dollar companies were created in earlier decades. But in the last 8 years, more than 100, billion-dollar companies have been created and new companies are being added every month. The Prime Minister informed that while the first 10000 startups took 800 days after 2014 but now this many startups are being added in less than 200 days. Valuation of Unicorns created in the last 8 years is about 12 lakh crore rupees, he informed.

The Prime Minister said that he clearly believed whether the undertaking is government or private, both are the assets of the country, so the level playing field should be given to everyone equally. The Prime Minister invited the youth of the country to test their vision and ideas on the world class facilities that the government is providing. He said that the government is providing platform to the youth who are working hard. Even the government companies will compete on a level playing field, he concluded.

Details of the projects:

Bengaluru Suburban rail project (BSRP) will connect Bengaluru city with its suburbs and satellite townships. The project, which is to be built at a cost of over Rs. 15,700 crore, envisages 4 corridors with a total route length of over 148 Kms. The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of the redevelopment of Bengaluru Cantt. and Yesvantpur Junction railway station to be developed at a cost of around Rs 500 crore and Rs 375 crore respectively.

During the Programme, the Prime Minister dedicated to the Nation, India’s first Air Conditioned Railway Station - Sir M Visvesvaraya Railway Station at Baiyappanahalli, which is developed on the lines of a modern airport at a total cost of around Rs 315 crore. The Prime Minister also dedicated to the Nation the 100 percent electrification of the Konkan railway line (about 740 Kms) from Roha (Maharashtra) to Thokur (Karnataka) by flagging of Electric trains from Udupi, Madagaon and Ratnagiri. The electrification of Konkan railway line has been done at a cost of more than 1280 crore. The Prime Minister also dedicated to the Nation two railway line doubling projects : Arsikere to Tumkuru (around 96 km) and Yelahanka to Penukonda (around 120 km) by flagging off passenger trains and MEMU service respectively. The two railway line doubling projects have been developed at a cost of more than Rs 750 crore and Rs 1100 crore respectively.

During the programme, the Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of two sections of the Bengaluru Ring Road project. The project to be developed at a cost of more than Rs 2280 crore will help reduce traffic congestion in the city. Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of various other road projects : six laning of Nelamangala-Tumkur section of NH-48; widening of Punjalkatte-Charmadi section of NH-73; rehabilitation and upgradation of a section of NH-69. The cumulative cost to be incurred in these projects is about Rs 3150 crore. The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of Multi Modal Logistics Park, which is being developed at Muddalinganahalli, about 40 km from Bengaluru at a cost of about Rs 1800 crore. It will help in lowering the transportation, handling and secondary freight costs.

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April 24, 2024
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed massive public gatherings in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar and Betul, reaffirming the strong support of the people for the BJP government and emphasizing the importance of stable governance for development.

Addressing the enthusiastic crowd, PM Modi said, "Today, there is an ocean of public support on the land of Sagar. Last time, you gave the BJP a victory here with record votes. Sagar has once again made up its mind, Phir Ek Baar, Modi Sarkar."

Highlighting the transformative development under the BJP government, PM Modi stated, "The people of Madhya Pradesh and Sagar know very well how important it is to have a stable and strong government for the development of the country. Development happens when there are the right policies and a clear vision. Therefore, whether it's the country or Madhya Pradesh, development came when Congress left and BJP came."

PM Modi praised the progress of Madhya Pradesh under the BJP government, citing projects such as the Ken-Betwa Link Project, Banda Major Irrigation Project, and the development of a comprehensive network of highways including expressways like Narmada Expressway, Vindhya Expressway, and others.

"The central government has also given Madhya Pradesh the gift of more than 350 rail projects. Medical colleges and hospitals have also been built in Sagar," he added.

PM Modi assured the crowd of continued support, saying, "I guarantee my mothers and sisters that there will be no need to worry about ration for the next 5 years. We are working to bring gas, electricity, water, and toilet facilities to every household to alleviate the troubles of mothers and sisters."

Addressing the reservation issue, PM Modi criticized the Congress party's agenda, stating, "Today, a truth of the Congress has come before the country that everyone is stunned to know. Our Constitution prohibits giving reservations based on religion. Congress is preparing to cut the quota of ST-SC-OBC by 15 % and then apply reservations based on religion. Last time, when there was a Congress government in Karnataka, it gave reservations based on religion. When the BJP government came, it revoked this decision. Now once again, Congress has given reservations based on religion in Karnataka.”

Highlighting the intentions of Congress through their manifesto, PM Modi said, “Congress is not stopping at just hurting you. Congress also wants to snatch your property. Even if you have two vehicles, one house in the city, and one in the village, you will still come under Congress's radar. They want to snatch all this from you and give it to their vote bank.”

PM Modi warned against Congress's approach towards inheritance tax, saying, "Congress also wants to impose inheritance tax on the property you want to leave for your children. And imagine, Congress has cut so much from India's social values, the sentiments of Indian society."

“The Congress party hates the Constitution of the country. They hate the identity of India. That's why they are working on every project that weakens the country, weakens the country's fabric. They come up with new strategies to divide society. Our faith has kept us united for centuries. The Congress party attacks that faith,” he added.

Addressing his second public gathering in Betul, Madhya Pradesh, PM Modi expressed his gratitude to the people of Betul for their enthusiasm towards the Lok Sabha elections and highlighted the significant contributions of the region to the nation's progress.

He further emphasized the role of voters in driving the country's development over the past decade. "It is your vote that has ensured rapid development in the country over the past 10 years. Your vote has made India the fifth-largest economy in the world. Your vote has made India's voice heard across the globe. Your vote has made our enemies across the border cautious," said PM Modi.

Speaking about the contributions of tribal revolutionary leaders from Betul, PM Modi said, "Betul is the sacred land of brave souls who have sacrificed their lives for the unity and integrity of the country. The contributions of tribal revolutionary leaders like Sardar Ganjan Singh Korku and Sardar Vishnu Singh Gond can never be forgotten."

PM Modi also criticized the Congress party for its divisive policies and highlighted its neglect of tribal contributions. He accused Congress of attempting to erase the legacy of tribal leaders and snatch away reservations from SC-ST-OBC communities.

Regarding Congress's recent proposals on inheritance tax and reservation based on religion, PM Modi said, "Congress can go to any extent to please its vote bank. Congress wants to loot your property and distribute it among its favorite vote bank. It is a danger bell for the entire OBC society of the country."

Speaking about INDI Alliance’s plan over who will become India’s next Prime Minister, PM Modi "Today, when the country is working towards its 25-year goals, planning the roadmap for the next 5 years, work is underway on the decisions of the first 100 days after coming into government, the INDI Alliance partners are also discussing their strategy. Some media reports suggest that the coalition partners are discussing who will become the Prime Minister after their victory. It is said that these people are now thinking about the 'One year, One PM formula'. Their intention now is to wrestle for the PM's chair. One will sit on top, while four people pull the chair's legs together.”

During his concluding remarks, PM Modi urged the people to be cautious of Congress's agenda and to support the development-oriented policies of the Modi government.