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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, on Sunday, dedicated to the nation, two newly built expressways in the Delhi NCR Region. The first of these is the 14 lane, access controlled, Phase-I of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, stretching from Nizamuddin Bridge to Delhi UP Border. The second project to be dedicated to the nation is the 135 km long Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE), stretching from Kundli on NH 1 to Palwal on NH 2.

The Delhi Meerut Expressway, once completed, will significantly reduce travel times from the National Capital to Meerut, and to several other parts of Western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

After the inauguration of the Delhi Meerut Expressway, the Prime Minister was greeted by people along the newly constructed road, as he travelled in an open jeep for a few kilometres, inspecting the highway.

The Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE), will contribute towards the twin objectives of decongesting and de-polluting the national capital by diverting traffic not destined for Delhi.

Addressing  a public meeting in Baghpat on the occasion, the Prime Minister expressed confidence that the entire stretch of the Delhi Meerut Expressway would be completed soon. He said the Eastern Peripheral Expressway would help decongest traffic in Delhi. He said modern infrastructure has an important role to play in raising the standard of living of the people. He outlined the steps being taken in building infrastructure, including roads, railways, waterways etc. He gave examples of the increase in pace of infrastructure development.

In the field of women empowerment, the Prime Minister explained how toilets built under Swachh Bharat Mission, and LPG connections under Ujjwala Yojana are making the lives of women easier. He said that out of 13 crore loans given under Mudra Yojana, more than 75 percent have been given to women entrepreneurs.


The Prime Minister also mentioned the steps taken for Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Castes.

The Prime Minister said that in this year's Union Budget, a provision of 14 lakh crore rupees has been made to strengthen rural and agricultural infrastructure.

 इतना स्नेह तब होता है, जब सेवक से उसका विधाता खुश हो। आज भारतीय जनता पार्टी के नेतृत्व में एनडीए सरकार के 4 साल पूरे होने पर आपका ये प्रधानसेवक फिर आपके सामने नतमस्तक है: PM @narendramodi

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Three time Grammy Award winner Ricky Kej's life changing experience with PM Modi – A must read
March 20, 2023

Recently, noted musician Ricky Kej won his career's third Grammy Award for 'Divine Tides' album. Speaking to Modi Story, he opened up how PM Modi gave a purpose to his music and encouraged him to create music which had a social impact and showcased India's great culture.

"When I had won my first Grammy Award in 2015, it was just after a year Prime Minister Modi had become the Prime Minister and on that international stage where over a billion people from all over the world were watching the Grammy Awards, I had actually given a shoutout when I mentioned during my acceptance speech a big thank you to him (PM Modi) and I said that he is doing such amazing work for India," said Kej.

Ricky Kej further said that he wanted to meet PM Modi and was delighted to receive a call from the Prime Minister's Office regarding their meeting.

Recalling about their first meeting, Kej narrated, "I had assumed that it would be a photo-op type meeting for 4-5 minutes, but it actually went on to become an hour-long discussion! It was a great experience. PM Modi inspired me during that meeting that every music I make is for what I am passionate about, which is the environment and positive social impact. He has been a huge influence on my life because he changed the course of my career and he changed the course of my life."

Kej added that now he does not make any commercial or Bollywood music. He said, "The only kind of music that I make is about trying to make this world a better place and trying to showcase our beautiful heritage and culture of India. That's what my life is all about now."

Sharing more insights about their meeting, Kej remarked, "PM Modi realised that my passion is the environment and I realised that his huge passion is environment and nature and protecting and conserving all species. Honourable Prime Minister mentioned to me that he will be going to COP21 – Paris Climate Change Conference that was the biggest commerce of nations ever in the history of our planet. He also mentioned that he was going to launch a Solar Alliance which was something very-very close to my heart."

While they were discussing about the COP21 conference, they came up with a suggestion that a music album shall be created on climate change and India's perspective about climate change involving musicians, making it very inclusive, musicians from all over the world. "So I ended up making this album called 'Shanti Samsara' which featured 500 musicians from 40 countries. PM Modi loved the album and he launched the album at Paris Climate Change Conference by gifting the album to then President of France Mr. Francois Hollande and then Secretary General of United Nations Mr. Ban Ki Moon," Kej said.