Mega Highways

On July 8th, 2023, the Prime Minister dedicated a six-lane greenfield expressway section of the Amritsar-Jamnagar Economic Corridor to the nation. This section, spanning over 500 km in Rajasthan, runs from village Jakhrawali in Hanumangarh district to village Khetlawas in Jalore district and has been constructed at a cost of approximately Rs 11,125 crores. The expressway is expected to reduce travel time and improve connectivity between major cities and industrial corridors.

In addition, the Prime Minister inaugurated Phase-I of the Inter-State Transmission Line for Green Energy Corridor, a project valued at around Rs 10,950 crores. This green energy corridor aims to integrate about 6 GW of renewable power and contribute to the grid balancing of renewable power with thermal and hydro generation in the Western and Northern regions, thereby strengthening transmission capacity between these areas. The Prime Minister also dedicated the Bikaner to Bhiwadi Transmission Line, a Power Grid project costing approximately Rs 1,340 crores, which will aid in the evacuation of 8.1 GW of Solar Power in Rajasthan.

To enhance healthcare services, the Prime Minister inaugurated a new 30-bedded Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Hospital in Bikaner. This hospital, with a capacity that can be expanded to 100 beds, will serve as a crucial healthcare facility, meeting the medical needs of the local community and providing accessible and quality healthcare services.

Furthermore, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for the redevelopment of the Bikaner Railway station. This redevelopment project, estimated at around Rs 450 crores, will involve the renovation of all platforms, including flooring and ceiling, while preserving the heritage status of the existing structure.

The foundation stone for the doubling of the 43 km long Churu-Ratangarh section was also laid by the Prime Minister. This rail line doubling project will enhance connectivity and facilitate easier transportation of gypsum, limestone, food grains, and fertilizer products from the Bikaner region to the rest of the country.

In Telangana, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for National Highway projects spanning 176 km and valued at over Rs 5,550 crores. These projects include the 108 km long Mancherial-Warangal section of the Nagpur-Vijayawada Corridor, which will reduce the distance between these cities by around 34 km, decongest traffic on NH-44 and NH-65, and enhance connectivity. The foundation stone was also laid for the upgradation of the 68 km long Karimnagar-Warangal section of NH-563, converting it from a two-lane to a four-lane configuration. This upgrade will improve connectivity to the Hyderabad-Warangal Industrial Corridor, Kakatiya Mega Textile Park, and SEZ at Warangal.

Furthermore, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the Railway Manufacturing Unit in Kazipet, which will be developed at a cost exceeding Rs 500 crores. This modern manufacturing unit will have an increased rolling stock manufacturing capacity and will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including robotic painting of wagons.

On a separate occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled 29 projects worth Rs 12,100 crore in Varanasi. These projects included the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction-Son Nagar railway line of the dedicated freight corridor, constructed at a cost of over Rs 6,760 crore. Additionally, in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, the Prime Minister virtually flagged off a new train between Antagarh in Kanker district and Raipur.

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