PM Modi inaugurates Deoghar Airport, other development projects worth Rs 16,800 cr in Jharkhand

Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais, CM Hemant Soren, Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, State ministers and Members of Parliament, were among those present on the occasion.

Law Kumar MishraUpdated: Tuesday, July 12, 2022, 08:34 PM IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various developmental projects worth more than Rs 16,800 crore in Deoghar, Jharkhand.

His visit to the state comes amidst the intense political speculation in Ranchi that the state chief minister Hemant Soren's government was nearing the fate of what former Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray faced in Maharashtra earlier this month.

Jharkhand Governor Ramesh Bais, CM Hemant Soren, Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, State ministers and Members of Parliament, were among those present on the occasion.

He also flagged off a Kolkata-bound Indigo flight from Deoghar airport, the foundation stone of which he had laid in May 2018.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that with the blessings of Baba Baidyanath, projects worth over Rs 16,000 crore will give a huge impetus to Jharkhand’s development.

“Today, Jharkhand is getting its second airport. This will lead to tremendous ease for devotees of Baba Baidyanath. Under the UDAN scheme, about 70 new locations have been added through airports, heliports and water aerodromes in the last 5-6 years. Today, ordinary citizens are getting the facility of air travel on more than 400 new routes. More than 1 crore people have experienced very affordable air travel, many for the first time. The flights from Deoghar to Ranchi, Delhi and Patna will start soon. Work is on for airports in Bokaro and Dumka,” Modi said while inaugurating the second airport in Deogarh.

The projects inaugurated by the PM here today include six lanes of Gorhar to Barwada section of NH-2, widening of Rajganj – Chas up to the West Bengal border section of NH-32, among others.

The major projects whose foundation stones were laid by the PM include four lanes of Mirzachowki- Farakka section of NH-80, four lanes of Hariharganj to Parwa More section of NH-98, four lanes of Palma to Gumla section of NH-23, elevated corridor of Kutchery Chowk to Piska More section of NH-75 among others.

"These projects will provide a further boost to connectivity in the region and ensure ease of movement for the common people," said the PM.

Further, foundation stones for various energy infrastructure projects for Rs. 3000 crore for the region were also laid.

Moreover, two Railway projects, Godda – Hansdiha Electrified Section and Garhwa-Mahuria Doubling projects were also inaugurated. These projects will help in facilitating seamless traffic movement of goods for industries and powerhouses.

The PM also laid the foundation stone for three Railway projects viz. redevelopment of Ranchi railway station, Jasidih Bypass Line and LHB Coach Maintenance Depot, Godda.

The proposed redeveloped Ranchi Station will have world-class passenger amenities including a food court, executive lounge, cafeteria, air-conditioned waiting halls etc. for ensuring ease of movement as well as the comfort of the passengers.

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