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PM Narendra Modi visit to Assam and West Bengal

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PM to visit Assam and West Bengal on 7th FebruaryThe Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the states of Assam and West Bengal on February 7, 2021. In Assam he laid the Foundation Stone of two hospitals and launched ‘Asom Mala’ while in West Bengal he dedicated to the Nation and laid the Foundation Stone of key infrastructure projects in its Haldia city.

Here are the details:

–Visit in Assam

 Launch of Asom Mala: It is a programme aimed at improving state highways and major district roads network with emphasis on effective maintenance through continuous field data collection and its linkage with the Road Asset Management System. It will interconnect economic growth centers with transportation corridors and improve inter-state connectivity.

Foundation Stone of two medical colleges: The PM laid the Foundation Stone of two medical colleges and hospitals worth Rs 1100 crore, which are being set up at Biswanath and Charaideo.

  • Each hospital will have 500 bed capacity and 100 MBBS seats capacity.
  • The establishment of medical colleges and hospitals is on the lines to make Assam a hub for tertiary care and medical education for the entire North Eastern region (NER). It will also mitigate the shortage of doctors in the State.

–Visit in West Bengal:

In West Bengal the Prime Minister launched the projects on the lines of vision of Purvodaya, which envisages driving growth of Eastern India. Following the new projects:

LPG import terminal: The PM dedicated to the nation the Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) import terminal built by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited with an outlay of Rs. 1100 crore and has a capacity of 1 Million Metric Tonne Per Annum. It will cater to the growing requirement of LPG in West Bengal and other states in Eastern and NER.LPG coverage in West Bengal has more than doubled from 41% to 99% in the last six years.

Dobhi – Durgapur Natural Gas Pipeline section: He also dedicated 348 km Dobhi – Durgapur Natural Gas Pipeline section worth around Rs. 2400 crore to the nation as a part of the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project and ‘one nation, one gas grid’.

  • The pipeline will help revival of HURL Sindri (Jharkhand) fertilizer plant, supply gas to Matix Fertilizer Plant in Durgapur (West Bengal) and cater to gas demand of industrial, commercial and automobile sectors, and city gas distribution across all major towns in the State.

Catalytic-Isodewaxing: He launched the second Catalytic-Isodewaxing unit of Haldia Refinery of Indian Oil Corporation. This unit will have a capacity of 270 Thousand Metric Tonne per annum, and once commissioned, is expected to result in a saving of about US$ 185 Million in foreign exchange.

4 Lane ROB-cum-Flyover: The PM dedicated to the nation the 4 Lane ROB-cum-Flyover at Ranichak, Haldia on NH 41. It has been built at the cost of Rs 190 crore. The commissioning of this flyover will result in uninterrupted movement of traffic from Kolaghat to Haldia Dock Complex and other surrounding areas.

Recent Related News:

i.On 8th January 2021, Mamata Banerjee Chief Minister of West Bengal inaugurated the 7 day 26th edition of the Kolkata International Film Festival(KIFF) 2021 (From 8th to 15th January 2021). Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, the brand ambassador of West Bengal virtually attended the inaugural ceremony from Mumbai.

ii.On October 20, 2020 Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs(Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) virtually laid the foundation stone for India’s first Multi-modal Logistic Park(MMLP) at Jogighopa in Assam.

About West Bengal:
Capital– Kolkata
Chief Minister– Mamata Banerjee

About Assam:
Capital– Dispur
Chief Minister– Sarbananda Sonowal