Prime Minister inaugurated 23 projects worth Rs 17.5 thousand crore in Uttarakhand. India News – Times of India

Dehradun: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally on Thursday UttarakhandHaldwani and inaugurated 23 Vikas-NT projects worth Rs 17,500 crore in the state.
Out of this amount, road projects worth about Rs 9,000 crore were formed, in which three different stretches of Char Dham All Weather Road – which have been widened recently – were inaugurated by the Prime Minister.
During his speech, Modi stressed on the importance of development projects undertaken by the central government in Uttarakhand, including the ambitious all-weather road project, which aims to connect four Himalayan pilgrimage sites—Badrinath, Kedarnath, and Kedarnath. gangotri And Yamunotri – Estimated to cost more than Rs 12,000 crore through road widening of about 900 km. Although environmentalists have red-flagged the project as “disastrous for the Himalayan ecology”, the Supreme Court earlier this month gave its nod for road widening “in view of national security”, saying that the project will allow better access. At the Indo-China border in Uttarakhand for the Armed Forces.
Reiterating the importance of the project launched by him in 2016, Modi said, “I have a special connection with the Himalayas and I am well aware of the power of this soil…”
The PM slammed the former Congress-led central government for being “indifferent in development and ignoring every aspect of connectivity and national security”.
“Our army had to wait so long for OROP (One Rank One Pension), modern weapons and bullet proof jackets. He even had to wait for the terrorists to give a tough reply. He alleged that “previous governments have always insulted the army”.
He also attacked the opposition for criticizing the “progressive” Tanakpur-Bageshwar rail line, saying that the earlier regime “plundered the state with both hands”.
Other projects inaugurated by the PM on Thursday included the Nagina-Kashipur National Highway, Suringgarh Hydroelectric Project and sewage works under the Namami Gange program in Nainital. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Lakhwar Project, which envisages the construction of a 204-metre high concrete dam on the Yamuna near Lohari village in Dehradun.