Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, laid the foundation stone for the 340 kilometer long Poorvanchal Expressway in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. PM Modi emphasized that the expressway would transform the towns and cities it passes through.
While addressing the large public gathering, he described the occasion as the start of a new chapter in the development journey of the State. He praised the CM Yogi Adityanath government in the state for creating a conducive atmosphere for development and betterment of various sections of the society.
He said that “Purvanchal Expressway will change the face of all villages and towns it passes through”.
PM further stressed that connectivity is crucial for development and said that the Expressway would provide swifter connectivity between Delhi and Ghazipur and new industry, and institutions can also be develop along the 340 kilometer long Poorvanchal Expressway. He also added that the Expressway would boost the tourism in the places of historical significance in the region.
He said the National Highway network in Uttar Pradesh has almost doubled in four years. In this context, the Prime Minister also spoke about the initiatives in air connectivity and water connectivity. He added that an effort is being made to make the eastern part of the country, a new corridor of development.
The Prime Minister reiterated his vision of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, and stressed on balanced development of the region. On digital connectivity, he mentioned that optical fibre connectivity had been provided for one lakh Panchayats so far, and added that three lakh Common Service Centres are now making the lives of people simpler.
The Prime Minister also spoke of other development initiatives such as PM Awas Yojana, PM Gram Sadak Yojana, and other welfare schemes of the Union Government. He also referred to the recent increase in MSP of Kharif crops, which will benefit farmers.
Without naming the Congress party PM criticised attempts by certain elements to stall the law which would provide protection to Muslim women from “triple talaq.”
He expressed a firm resolve to attempt to make this law a reality. He said that for both the Union Government and State Government of Uttar Pradesh, the nation and its people are paramount.
The Prime Minister said that the Union Government has also taken initiatives for the weavers of this region. In this context he mentioned modern machines, loans at low interest, and the Trade Facilitation Centre in Varanasi. He also mentioned initiatives taken by the State Government.