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     Raipur, July 07, 2023: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid foundation stones and dedicates to nation various development projects worth around Rs 7500 crore in a function here in the capital city Raipur of Chhattisgarh.

      Addressing the gathering at the Science College Ground here, Modi said today’s occasion was extremely significant for the journey of Chhattisgarh as the state was getting development projects worth more than 7000 crore in the sectors like infrastructure and connectivity.

     He underlined that the projects of today will make the lives of the people easier and strengthens the healthcare system in the state.

     He also emphasised that these projects will give rise to employment opportunities in the state while also benefiting the paddy farmers, mineral industry and tourism industry of Chhattisgarh.

     “The projects of today will mark a new journey of development and convenience in the tribal areas of Chhattisgarh,” the Prime Minister said.

      The central government is prioritising infrastructure development in those specific regions which have lagged behind in terms of development, he said.

      Infrastructure means ease of living and ease of doing business. Infrastructure means employment opportunities and fast-paced development, Modi said.

     “Be it rail, road, telecom, the Government has done unprecedented work in Chhattisgarh in the last 9 years to boost all forms of connectivity,” he added.

      Today Chhattisgarh is connecting with two economic corridors, Modi remarked as he asserted that the Raipur – Dhanbad Economic Corridor and Raipur – Vishakhapatnam Economic Corridor are going to change the fortunes of the entire region.

      He noted that the economic corridors are passing through aspirational districts that were once called backward, and where violence and anarchy once prevailed. The Raipur-Vishakhapatnam Economic corridor, whose foundation stone has been laid today, will become a new lifeline of this region as the journey between Raipur and Visakhapatnam will be reduced to half.

     He dedicated and laid the foundation stone for 5 National Highway projects worth around Rs 6,400 crore and also doubling of 103 km long Raipur – Khariar Road Rail Line which has been completed at a cost of Rs 750 crore, a 17 km long new railway line connecting Keoti – Antagarh developed at a cost of Rs 290 crore.

     The PM dedicated to the nation a bottling plant of the Indian Oil Corporation with a capacity of 60 thousand metric ton per annum at Korba, constructed at a cost of over Rs 130 crore.

     He also flagged off Antagarh – Raipur Train via video link.

     Modi also initiated the distribution of 75 lakh cards to the beneficiaries under the Ayushman Bharat.

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