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“Today, India is moving ahead with the intention of investing more than Rs 100 lakh crore on modern infrastructure. India's policy is of ‘Gatishakti’, to work twice or thrice as fast.”
“Our mountains are not only strongholds of faith and our culture, they are also the fortresses of our country's security. One of the top priorities of the country is to make life easier for the people living in the mountains”
“The government today cannot come under pressure from any country in the world. We are people who follow the mantra of nation first, always first”
“Whatever schemes we bring, we will bring it for everyone, without discrimination. We did not make vote bank politics the basis but gave priority to the service of the people. Our approach has been to strengthen the country”

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various projects worth around Rs 18,000 crore in Dehradun. This includes the Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor (from Eastern Peripheral Expressway Junction to Dehradun), the greenfield alignment project from Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor, connecting Halgoa, Saharanpur to Bhadrabad, Haridwar, Haridwar Ring Road Project, Dehradun - Paonta Sahib (Himachal Pradesh) road project, Najibabad-Kotdwar road widening project and a bridge across River Ganga next to the Lakshman Jhula. He also laid the foundation stone for the Child Friendly City Project, Dehradun, development of water supply, road & drainage system in Dehradun, infrastructure development works at Shri Badrinath Dham and Gangotri-Yamunotri Dham and a medical college in Haridwar.

He inaugurated seven projects which focus on making travel safer by tackling the problem of chronic landslides in the region, road widening project from Devprayag to Srikot, and from Brahmpuri to Kodiyala on NH-58, 120 MW Vyasi Hydroelectric Project, built over River Yamuna, Himalayan Culture Center at Dehradun and State of Art Perfumery and Aroma Laboratory (Centre for Aromatic Plants) in Dehradun.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that Uttarakhand is not just the centre of faith but is the symbol of hardwork and determination also. That is why, development of the state is one of the foremost priorities of the ‘double engine government’ of the centre and the state. He emphasized that at the beginning of this century, Atal ji started a campaign to increase connectivity in India. However, the Prime Minister said, after that for 10 years there was such a government in the country, which wasted valuable time of the country and Uttarakhand. He continued , “for 10 years there were scams, scams in the name of infrastructure in the country. We worked twice as hard to make up for the loss caused to the country and are doing it even today.”. Talking about the changed working style, the Prime Minister said “today, India is moving ahead with the intention of investing more than Rs 100 lakh crore on modern infrastructure. India's policy today is of ‘Gatishakti’, to work twice or thrice as fast.”

Dwelling on the benefits of connectivity, the Prime Minister said before the Kedarnath tragedy, in 2012, 5 lakh 70 thousand people had darshan. It was a record at that time. Whereas before the start of the Corona period, in 2019, more than 10 lakh people had come to visit Kedarnath. “The reconstruction of Kedar Dham has not only increased the number of devotees coming for darshan, but has also provided many opportunities for employment and self-employment to the people there”, he added.

The Prime Minister expressed happiness about laying the foundation stone of Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor. “When it is ready, then the time taken to travel from Delhi to Dehradun will be almost half”, he informed. “Our mountains are not only strongholds of faith and our culture, they are also the fortresses of our country's security. One of the top priorities of the country is to make life easier for the people living in the mountains. Unfortunately, for those who remained in the government for decades, this thought was nowhere in the policy-thought”, he said.

Comparing the pace of development, the Prime Minister pointed out that between 2007 and 2014, the central government built only 288 km of national highways in Uttarakhand in seven years. Whereas the current government has constructed a national highway of more than 2 thousand kilometers in Uttarakhand in its seven years.

The Prime Minister lamented that the earlier governments did not work on the infrastructure of the border hill areas as seriously as they should have. “Roads should be built near the border, bridges should be built, they did not pay attention to this”, he said. Shri Modi said that on critical issues like One rank, one pension, modern weapons, give a befitting reply to terrorists, were not attended propoerly and that demoralized the army at every level. “The government which is in place today cannot come under the pressure of any country in the world. We are people who follow the mantra of nation first, always first”, he added.

The Prime Minister criticized the politics of pampering only one caste, religion and discrimination in development policies. He also attacked the perversion of politics that does not allow people to be strong and make them dependent on the government for their needs. The Prime Minister articulated the thinking of his government which adopted a different path. “It is a difficult path, difficult, but it is in the interest of the country, it is in the interest of the people of the country. This is the path - Sabka Saath - Sabka Vikas. We said that whatever schemes we bring, we will bring it for everyone, without discrimination. We did not make vote bank politics the basis but gave priority to the service of the people. Our approach has been to strengthen the country”, the Prime Minister stressed.

The Prime Minister concluded by assuring that “during the time of Amrit kaal, the pace of progress that the country has picked up, will not stop nor get slackened, rather we will move forward with more faith and determination.”

The Prime Minister ended with this rousing poem

“जहाँ पवन बहे संकल्प लिए,

जहाँ पर्वत गर्व सिखाते हैं,

जहाँ ऊँचे नीचे सब रस्ते

बस भक्ति के सुर में गाते हैं

उस देव भूमि के ध्यान से ही

उस देव भूमि के ध्यान से ही

मैं सदा धन्य हो जाता हूँ

है भाग्य मेरा,

सौभाग्य मेरा,

मैं तुमको शीश नवाता हूँ


तुम आँचल हो भारत माँ का

जीवन की धूप में छाँव हो तुम

बस छूने से ही तर जाएँ

सबसे पवित्र वो धरा हो तुम

बस लिए समर्पण तन मन से

मैं देव भूमि में आता हूँ

मैं देव भूमि में आता हूँ

है भाग्य मेरा

सौभाग्य मेरा

मैं तुमको शीश नवाता हूँ


जहाँ अंजुली में गंगा जल हो

जहाँ हर एक मन बस निश्छल हो

जहाँ गाँव गाँव में देश भक्त

जहाँ नारी में सच्चा बल हो

उस देवभूमि का आशीर्वाद लिए

मैं चलता जाता हूँ

उस देवभूमि का आशीर्वाद

मैं चलता जाता हूँ

है भाग्य मेरा

सौभाग्य मेरा

मैं तुमको शीश नवाता हूँ


मंडवे की रोटी

हुड़के की थाप

हर एक मन करता

शिवजी का जाप

ऋषि मुनियों की है

ये तपो भूमि

कितने वीरों की

ये जन्म भूमि

मैं तुमको शीश नवाता हूँ और धन्य धन्य हो जाता हूँ

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PM inaugurates and lays the foundation stone of multiple development initiatives worth over Rs. 1800 crores
July 07, 2022
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“Kashi today presents a picture of development with heritage”
“My Kashi is a great example of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas aur Sabka Prayas”
“The citizens of Kashi have given a message to the entire country that short-cuts cannot benefit the country”
“ The government has always tried to solve the problems of the poor, tried to support them in their happiness and sorrow”
“For us, development isn’t just glitter. For us, development means empowerment of the poor, downtrodden, deprived, backward, tribal, mothers and sisters”

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of multiple projects worth over Rs. 1800 crores at an event at Dr Sampurnanand Sports Stadium, Sigra, Varanasi. Governor of Uttar Pradesh Smt Anandiben Patel, and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath were among those present on the occasion.

At the outset, the Prime Minister thanked the people of Uttar Pradesh and Kashi for the massive support that they gave in the recent elections.

The Prime Minister said that Kashi has always been alive and in constant flux. Now Kashi has shown a picture of the whole country which has a heritage as well as development. The Prime Minister said that schemes and projects of thousands of crores rupees have been completed and many are going on. He said the soul of Kashi is internal, however, relentless improvement in the body of Kashi is going on. He remarked that the development is making Kashi more mobile, progressive and sensitive. “My Kashi is a great example of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas aur Sabka Prayas”, he said.

The Prime Minister, who is MP from Kashi, commented “I am happy to see the way the aware citizens of Kashi have done the work to give direction to the country. The citizens of Kashi have given a message to the entire country that short-cuts cannot benefit the country.” He praised the local people for preferring long-lasting solutions and projects over temporary and short-cut solutions. He said improvements in infrastructure and other spheres have brought tourism to the city and created new opportunities for business and ease of living.

Talking about the upcoming Sawan month, the Prime Minister said devotees of Baba Vishwanath from all over the country and the world are going to come to Kashi in large numbers. This, he remarked, will be the first Sawan festival after the completion of the Vishwanath Dham project. He said people have experienced in the past months how much enthusiasm there is in the whole world about Vishwanath Dham. He said the government is moving ahead with a goal to make the experience of devotees as rich and easy as possible. Various Yatras of faith are being made easy and convenient.

“For us, development doesn't just mean glitter. For us, development means empowerment of the poor, downtrodden, deprived, backward, tribal, mothers and sisters”, the Prime Minister said. He said the government is working continuously on providing pucca houses and piped water to every household.

The Prime Minister said our government has always tried to solve the problems of the poor, tried to support them in their happiness and sorrow. From the free corona vaccine to the provision of free rations to the poor, the government has not left any opportunity to serve the people. Digital India, Ayushman Bharat, increasing medical infrastructure is creating new opportunities for the people. The Prime Minister remarked that on one hand, we are expanding the facilities for CNG-run vehicles to make the cities of the country smoke-free. On the other hand, we are also giving the option of connecting diesel and petrol-powered boats of our sailors with CNG and taking care of Ganga ji.

The Prime Minister also noted the enthusiasm of sportspersons for getting a new sports centre. The Prime Minister said that the government is working on making all facilities for Olympics sports available in Kashi. He said international facilities are being created in the redeveloped stadium at Sigra. This six decades-old stadium will be equipped with the facilities of the 21st century.

The Prime Minister asked the people of Kashi to keep Ganga and Varanasi clean and expressed the confidence that with the support of the people and blessings of Baba Vishwanath, all pledges for the city will be fulfilled.

Inauguration and foundation stone of multiple development initiatives

In the last eight years, the Prime Minister has put a lot of focus on infrastructure development in Varanasi. This has resulted in the transformation of the landscape of the city. The primary focus of this endeavour has been enhancing the ease of living for the people. Taking another step in this direction, during the programme, the Prime Minister inaugurated projects worth over Rs 590 crores. Among these are multiple initiatives under Varanasi Smart City and Urban Projects, including the re-development of Namo Ghat in Phase-I along with the construction of bathing jetty; conversion of diesel and petrol engines of 500 boats into CNG; redevelopment of Kameshwar Mahadev ward of Old Kashi and over 600 EWS flats constructed in village Harhua, Dasepur; new Vending Zone and urban place prepared under Lahartara-Chowka Ghat Flyover; tourist facility and market complex at Dashashwamedh Ghat; and 33/11 KV Substation at Nagwa under IPDS Work Phase-3.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated various road projects including the construction of Four Lane Road over Bridge (ROB) on Babatpur-Kapsethi-Bhadohi Road; Bridge on Varuna River on Central Jail road; widening of Pindra-Kathiraon Road; widening of Phoolpur-Sindhaura Link Road; strengthening and construction of 8 rural roads; construction of 7 PMGSY roads and widening of Dharsauna-Sindhaura road.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated various projects related to the improvement of sewerage and water supply in the district. These include rehabilitation of Old Trunk Sewer Line in Varanasi City through trenchless technology; laying of sewer lines; over 25000 sewer house connections in Trans Varuna area; leakage repair works in Sis Varuna area of the city; rural drinking water scheme at Taatepur village, etc. Various social and education sector-related projects to be inaugurated include ITI at Village Mahgaon, Phase-II of Vedic Vigyan Kendra in BHU, Govt. Girls Home at Ramnagar, Theme Park in Govt. Old Age Women Home at Durgakund.

The Prime Minister inaugurated a synthetic athletic track and synthetic basketball court in Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Sports Complex, Bada Lalpur and various police and safety fire projects including non-residential Police Station building at Sindhaura, construction of hostel rooms, barracks in Mirzamurad, Cholapur, Jansa and Kapsethi police stations and building of Fire Extinguisher Centre in Pindra.

During the programme, the Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for projects worth more than Rs 1200 crores. Among these are multiple road infrastructure projects including a six-lane widening of road from Lahartara - BHU to Vijaya Cinema; four-lane widening of road from Pandeypur Flyover to Ring Road; Four lanes of road from Kuchaheri to Sandaha; widening and strengthening of Varanasi Bhadohi Rural Road; construction of five new Roads and four CC roads in Varanasi rural area; construction of ROB near Babatpur railway station on Babatpur-Chaubeypur road. These projects will significantly help in reducing the traffic load on city and rural roads.

To give a fillip to tourism in the region, Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of multiple projects including the development work of the Sarnath Buddhist Circuit under the World Bank-aided UP Pro-Poor tourism development project, construction of Paavan Path for Asht Vinakaya, Dwadash Jyotirling Yatra, Asht Bhairaw, Nav Gauri Yatra, Tourism Development work of five stoppages in Panchkosi Parikrama Yatra Marg and Tourism development various wards in Old Kashi.

The Prime Minister also laid the foundation of Phase 1 of redevelopment works of Sports Stadium at Sigra.