New Delhi, Oct 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday flagged off the country’s fourth Vande Bharat Express train in Himachal Pradesh.
In Una, the Prime Minister flagged off the inaugural run of the new Vande Bharat Express from Amb Andaura to New Delhi. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Union minister and Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur were also present on the occasion.
The PM will also launch a slew of developmental projects in Himachal Pradesh today.
Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of two hydropower projects – the 48 MW Chanju-III Hydro-electric Project and the 30 MW Deothal Chanju Hydro-electric Project. Both these projects will generate over 270 million units of electricity annually and Himachal Pradesh is expected to get annual revenue of around Rs. 110 crore from these projects, said a statement from his office.
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PM Modi will also launch Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)-III in Himachal Pradesh for the upgrade of around 3125 kms of roads in the state. More than Rs. 420 crore has been sanctioned by the Central Government under this phase for the upgrade of 440 kms of roads in 15 border and far flung blocks of the state.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said this would be Modi’s ninth visit to the state in the last five years. Himachal Pradesh is going to polls later this year. In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Modi said, “I will be among the people of Himachal Pradesh tomorrow, 13th October. Looking forward to the programmes in Una and Chamba where many development works will be inaugurated which are aimed at further increasing the pace of progress in the state.”
“You would be glad to know that the Vande Bharat Express would be flagged off. IIIT, Una will also be dedicated to the nation. The foundation stone of a Bulk Drug Park will be laid. These works will give wings to people’s aspirations.”