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PM inaugurates & lays the foundation stone of various projects worth around Rs 18,000 crore in Dehradun

Dehradun:4/12/21:Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various projects worth around Rs 18,000 crore in Dehradun. This includes the Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor (from Eastern Peripheral Expressway Junction to Dehradun), the greenfield alignment project from Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor, connecting Halgoa, Saharanpur to Bhadrabad, Haridwar, Haridwar Ring Road Project, Dehradun – Paonta Sahib (Himachal Pradesh) road project, Najibabad-Kotdwar road widening project and a bridge across River Ganga next to the Lakshman Jhula. He also laid the foundation stone for the Child-Friendly City Project, Dehradun, development of water supply, road & drainage system in Dehradun, infrastructure development works at Shri Badrinath Dham, and Gangotri-Yamunotri Dham and a medical college in Haridwar.

He inaugurated seven projects which focus on making travel safer by tackling the problem of chronic landslides in the region, road widening project from Devprayag to Srikot, and from Brahmpuri to Kodiyala on NH-58, 120 MW Vyasi Hydroelectric Project, built over River Yamuna, Himalayan Culture Center at Dehradun and State of Art Perfumery and Aroma Laboratory (Centre for Aromatic Plants) in Dehradun.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that Uttarakhand is not just the centre of faith but is the symbol of hardwork and determination also. That is why, development of the state is one of the foremost priorities of the ‘double engine government’ of the centre and the state. He emphasized that at the beginning of this century, Atal ji started a campaign to increase connectivity in India. However, the Prime Minister said,  after that for  10 years there was such a government in the country, which wasted valuable time of the country and Uttarakhand. He continued , “for 10 years there were scams, scams in the name of infrastructure in the country. We worked twice as hard to make up for the loss caused to the country and are doing it even today.”. Talking about the changed working style, the Prime Minister said “today, India is moving ahead with the intention of investing more than Rs 100 lakh crore on modern infrastructure. India’s policy today is of ‘Gatishakti’, to work twice or thrice as fast.”

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Dwelling on the benefits of connectivity, the Prime Minister said before the Kedarnath tragedy, in 2012, 5 lakh 70 thousand people had darshan. It was a record at that time. Whereas before the start of the Corona period, in 2019, more than 10 lakh people had come to visit Kedarnath. “The reconstruction of Kedar Dham has not only increased the number of devotees coming for darshan, but has also provided many opportunities for employment and self-employment to the people there”, he added.

The Prime Minister expressed happiness about laying the foundation stone of Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor. “When it is ready, then the time taken to travel from Delhi to Dehradun will be almost half”, he informed. “Our mountains are not only strongholds of faith and our culture, they are also the fortresses of our country’s security. One of the top priorities of the country is to make life easier for the people living in the mountains. Unfortunately, for those who remained in the government for decades, this thought was nowhere in the policy-thought”, he said.

Comparing the pace of development, the Prime Minister pointed out that between 2007 and 2014, the central government built only 288 km of national highways in Uttarakhand in seven years. Whereas the current government has constructed a national highway of more than 2 thousand kilometers in Uttarakhand in its seven years.

The Prime Minister concluded by assuring that “during the time of Amrit kaal, the pace of progress that the country has picked up,  will not stop nor get slackened, rather we will move forward with more faith and determination.”

The Prime Minister ended with this rousing poem

“जहाँ पवन बहे संकल्प लिए,

जहाँ पर्वत गर्व सिखाते हैं,

जहाँ ऊँचे नीचे सब रस्ते

बस भक्ति के सुर में गाते हैं

उस देव भूमि के ध्यान से ही

उस देव भूमि के ध्यान से ही

मैं सदा धन्य हो जाता हूँ

है भाग्य मेरा,

सौभाग्य मेरा,

मैं तुमको शीश नवाता हूँ

तुम आँचल हो भारत माँ का

जीवन की धूप में छाँव हो तुम

बस छूने से ही तर जाएँ

सबसे पवित्र वो धरा हो तुम

बस लिए समर्पण तन मन से

मैं देव भूमि में आता हूँ

मैं देव भूमि में आता हूँ

है भाग्य मेरा

सौभाग्य मेरा

मैं तुमको शीश नवाता हूँ

जहाँ अंजुली में गंगा जल हो

जहाँ हर एक मन बस निश्छल हो

जहाँ गाँव गाँव में देश भक्त

जहाँ नारी में सच्चा बल हो

उस देवभूमि का आशीर्वाद लिए

मैं चलता जाता हूँ

उस देवभूमि का आशीर्वाद

मैं चलता जाता हूँ

है भाग्य मेरा

सौभाग्य मेरा

मैं तुमको शीश नवाता हूँ

मंडवे की रोटी

हुड़के की थाप

हर एक मन करता

शिवजी का जाप

ऋषि मुनियों की है

ये तपो भूमि

कितने वीरों की

ये जन्म भूमि

मैं तुमको शीश नवाता हूँ और धन्य धन्य हो जाता हूँ

 

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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