Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated projects worth over ₹5200 crores in Bhavnagar. The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the World’s First CNG Terminal and of the brownfield port at Bhavnagar.
Regional Science Centre which is spread over 20 acres and has been built at a cost of around ₹100 crores, package 7 of Sauni Yojna link 2, 25 MW Palitana Solar PV Project, APPL Container project, and package 9 of Sauni Yohna link 2, Chorvadla Zone water supply project–are few of the other projects inaugurated by PM Modi.
On this occasion, PM Modi said, “When the country is celebrating 75 years of independence, Bhavnagar has completed 300 years of its establishment. In this journey of 300 years, Bhavnagar has made steady growth and has made its mark as the cultural capital of Saurashtra. Rajkot-Jamnagar-Bhavnagar area will soon have the same aura as Surat-Vadodara-Ahmedabad. Bhavnagar has immense potential in industry, agriculture and business.”
“Today, Gujarat’s coastline is emerging as synonymous with renewable energy and the hydrogen ecosystem. We have tried to make Saurashtra a centre of energy. Today, whatever be the energy needs of the country, this region is becoming an important hub of that.” adds PM.
The Prime Minister underlined that the port of Bhavnagar will play a big role in building a self-reliant India and create hundreds of new employment opportunities in the state.
Remarking on Lothal being an important centre of our heritage, the Prime Minister said that it is the oldest port in the world and the construction of Lothal Maritime Museum will create a new identity for the place. He said, “Along with Lothal, the eco-tourism circuit in Velavadar National Park is also going to benefit Bhavnagar, especially small businesses”
Recalling the time when the Prime Minister was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, he said that a special red basket with several buttons was handed out to the fisherman. He further said that subsidies have been provided to the fishermen to improve the condition of their boats.