On a day-long visit to Chhattisgarh on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled string of development projects worth Rs 22,000 crore, including the Integrated Command and Control Centre for the Naya Raipur ‘Smart City’. Later in the day, he inaugurated the modernised and expanded Bhilai steel plant.
Unveiling the projects, he said development is the only answer to violence, in an apparent message to the naxals who have been indulging in a violent campaign in Chhattisgarh.
“I think development is the only answer to violence and conspiracy of any sort. The trust emanating from development ends violence of any type,” he told the gathering at Jayanti Stadium in Bhillai.
This is Modi’s second visit to the poll-bound state in the last two months.
Talking about creating “an atmosphere of trust”, the prime minister said his government has ensured that a part of the earnings from the natural resources like minerals would be spent on the welfare of locals.
Among his other engagements, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Raipur-Jagdalpur air service, and lay the foundation stone for the new building of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhilai.
Through Integrated Command and Control Centre, water supply, power supply, sanitation, traffic movement, integrated building management, city connectivity and internet infrastructure (data centre) and monitoring of complete Naya Raipur will be carried out.
Modi said Naya Raipur’s integrated command and control centre, a first-of-its kind, is a model for other smart cities in the country. Naya Raipur will pave the way for a new India, he said.
The Prime Minister also distributed laptops under Suchna Kranti Yojana scheme to five students apart from distribution of citations, cheques and materials to select beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Matri Vandana Yojana, Standup and Mudra Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Scheme, Mukhya Mantri Aabadi Patta Vitaran Yojana.
Modi’s visit assumes significance for the ruling BJP which is eyeing to retain power for the fourth consecutive term in the Assembly polls due by this year end in the state.
The central government was working towards increasing the income of tribals and those living in backward areas, the Prime Minister said.