Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Modi on Monday lauded the state government saying, “It is for the first time in history that the Central government and Odisha are working together for the development of Eastern-India.” He also talked about ‘Sabka saath sabka vikas’ for the people of Odisha.
As part of ‘Purbodaya’ vision – a prosperous East for building a new India, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated projects worth over Rs 14000 crore in Odisha.
He dedicated and laid the foundation stone of several projects via video conferencing at the IIT-Bhubaneswar at Aragul on the outskirts of the state capital.
The Prime Minister dedicated a postage stamp and a commemorative coin of Rs 200 featuring the historic Paika Rebellion (1817) against British rule on the occasion of its bicentenary celebration, inaugurated the Chair at Utkal University in memory of the Paika Rebellion, dedicated the new campus of the IIT-Bhubaneswar at Aragul built at a cost of Rs 1660 crore, laid the foundation stone of a permanent campus of the Indian Institute of Science and Education Research (IISER) in Berhampur, laid the foundation stone of laying a gas pipeline from Paradip to Hyderabad at a projected cost of Rs 3800 crore and another pipeline from Angul to Bokaro in Jharkhand at a projected cost of Rs 3437 crore under the Urja Ganja Yojana, inaugurated the new 50-bedded ward of the ESI Hospital in Bhubaneswar and laid the foundation stone for the upgradation of the old 50-bedded ward of the ESI Hospital and laid the foundation stone of the construction of six lanes of the National Highway-16 at a cost of Rs 2200 crore and four lanes of the National Highway-4 between Cuttack and Angul.
The Prime Minister later arrived at the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) Stadium near Khurda to address a public meeting.
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister arrived at the Biju Patnaik International Airport at about 1 pm. He was welcomed by Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal, Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Jual Oram. On behalf of the Odisha government, Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera welcomed the Prime Minister.
From the airport, Modi flew to IIT-Bhubaneswar campus at Aragul where he was welcomed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.