PM to address ‘Viksit Bharat Viksit Rajasthan’ programme on 16th February

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will address the ‘Viksit Bharat Viksit Rajasthan’ programme on 16th February, 2024 at 11 AM via video conferencing. During the programme, Prime Minister will inaugurate, dedicate to the nation and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth over Rs 17,000 crore. The projects cater to a number of important sectors including Roads, Railways,  Solar Energy, Power Transmission, Drinking water and Petroleum & Natural Gas.

Prime Minister will inaugurate various National Highway projects worth more than Rs 5000 crore in Rajasthan. Prime Minister will inaugurate three Packages of 8-Lane Delhi – Mumbai Green field Alignment (NE-4) viz Baonli-Jhalai road to Mui Village section; Hardeoganj village to Mej River section; and section from Takli to Rajasthan/ MP Border. These sections will provide faster and improved connectivity in the region. These sections are also equipped with Animal Underpass and Animal Overpass with camouflaging to facilitate unhindered movement of wildlife. Further, Noise barriers are also provisioned to minimise impact on wildlife. Prime Minister will also inaugurate 6-Lane Greenfield Udaipur Bypass connecting Chittorgarh-Udaipur Highway section of NH-48 at Debari with Udaipur-Shamlaji Section of NH-48 at Kaya village. This Bypass will help in decongesting Udaipur City. Prime Minister will also inaugurate various other projects that will improve road infrastructure in Jhunjhunu, Abu road and Tonk districts of Rajasthan.

Strengthening the rail infrastructure in the region, Prime Minister will  dedicate to the nation and lay the foundation stone of eight  important railway projects of Rajasthan worth around Rs 2300 crore. The rail projects which will be dedicated to nation include various projects for electrification of rail routes including Jodhpur-Rai Ka Bagh-Merta Road-Bikaner section (277 Km); Jodhpur-Phalodi section (136 Km); and Bikaner-Ratangarh-Sadulpur-Rewari section (375 Km). Prime Minister will also dedicate to nation ‘Khatipura railway station’. The  railway station is developed as a satellite station for Jaipur and is equipped with  ‘Terminal facility’ where trains can originate and terminate. The rail projects whose foundation stone will be laid by Prime Minister include maintenance facility of Vande Bharat sleeper trains at Bhagat Ki Kothi (Jodhpur); maintenance of all types of rakes like Vande Bharat, LHB etc. at Khatipura (Jaipur); construction of coach care complex for maintenance of trains at Hanumangarh; and Doubling of Bandikui to Agra Fort rail line. The railway sector projects are aimed at modernising rail infrastructure, enhancing safety measures, improving connectivity and facilitating the movement of goods and people more efficiently.

In a step to boost production of renewable energy in the region, Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone and dedicate to nation important solar projects worth around Rs 5300 crore in Rajasthan. Prime Minister will  lay the foundation stone of the NLCIL Barsingsar Solar Project, a 300  MW Solar Power Project, to be established in the vicinity of Barsingsar Thermal Power Station at Bikaner District, Rajasthan. The solar project will be set-up with latest state of art technology with high efficiency bifacial modules manufactured in India in line with Aatmanirbhar Bharat. He will also lay the foundation stone of 300 MW Solar Power project of NHPC LTD under CPSU Scheme Phase-II (Tranche -III), also to be developed at Bikaner Rajasthan. Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation the 300 MW NTPC Green Energy Limited Nokhra Solar PV Project, developed in Bikaner Rajasthan. The solar projects will generate green power, help offset Carbon dioxide emissions and lead to economic development of the region.

Prime Minister will also dedicate to nation power transmission sector projects worth more than Rs 2100 crore in Rajasthan. These projects are meant for evacuation of power from solar energy zones in Rajasthan so that the solar power generated in these zones can be transmitted to beneficiaries. The projects include the Transmission System Strengthening Scheme for evacuation of power from  solar energy zones in Rajasthan (8.1 GW) under Phase-II Part A; Transmission system strengthening scheme for evacuation of power from solar energy zones in Rajasthan (8.1 GW) under Phase-II Part-B1;  and Transmission System for providing connectivity to RE projects at Bikaner (PG), Fatehgarh-II & Bhadla–II.

Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of  multiple projects worth around Rs 2400 crore including projects under Jal Jeevan Mission, which aimed at strengthening the infrastructure to provide clean drinking water in Rajasthan. The projects signify Prime Minister’s dedication to provide clean drinking water through individual household tap connections across the country.

Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation Indian Oil’s LPG bottling plant at Jodhpur. The bottling plant with state-of- the-art infrastructure and automation system for operation and safety, will lead to employment generation and will cater to the LPG needs of lakhs customers in the region.

The launch of these development projects in Rajasthan underscores the Prime Minister’s relentless efforts to transform Rajasthan’s infrastructure landscape and create opportunities for growth and development.

The programme will be organised at about 200 places across all districts of Rajasthan, with the main programme held at Jaipur. The state wide programme will witness participation of lakhs of beneficiaries of various government schemes. The programme will also be joined by Chief Minister Rajasthan, other Ministers of Rajasthan Government, MPs, MLAs and local level representatives.

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