Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday laid the foundation stone of several projects, totalling over Rs 8,000 crore, in Banaskantha’s Tharad. The projects will strengthen water supply in the district. One of the projects is the Kasara to Dantiwada pipeline from the main Narmada canal, costing over Rs 1,560 crore.
Modi paid tributes to the Morbi bridge collapse victim at the event, saying, “I am distraught and was wondering whether to go ahead with the programme. But because of your love and for service to the nation, I’m here.” He also paid homage to Sardar Patel at the Statue of Unity and participated in the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas-related events.
“On the occasion of Ekta Diwas, I would like to reiterate the responsibility handed out by Sardar Saheb,” the prime minister said. He said that it was the responsibility of the citizens to strengthen the unity of the nation and this will happen only when every citizen of the country readies themselves to carry out duties with a sense of responsibility. He stated that government policies are reaching every person in the country without any discrimination. Modi highlighted that free vaccines are made available to the people of Siang in Arunachal Pradesh as easily as the people in Surat. Medical institutions such as AIIMS can now be found not just in Gorakhpur but also in Bilaspur, Darbhanga, Guwahati, Rajkot and other parts of the country, he said.
Modi informed that the development work of defence corridors was in full swing not just in Tamil Nadu but also in Uttar Pradesh. He noted that even though different languages are spoken in the country, the government schemes were reaching every part of India while connecting the last person in the queue.
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