On Monday, December 24, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled various development projects of worth more than Rs 14,000 crore in the state of Odisha. If one looks at the range of the projects Odisha has inaugurated on this day, it may not be an exaggeration to describe that the dawn of development has truly ascended on this eastern state of India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pool for the state of Odisha has an expansive coverage, ranging from education to infrastructure to healthcare to revering cultural identity. The investment is in-tune with the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Purvodaya’ which envisions rapid socio-economic development in the states like Odisha to unleash their true potential and bring them at par with the other developed states. It may be recalled here that in October 2018, Government of India laid the foundation stone for a second generation (2G) Ethanol Bio-Refinery in Bargarh district of Odisha.
A Glimpse of Development Projects in Odisha
Government of India has unveiled Rs 14,523 crores worth of projects in the state of Odisha. Around 13 projects which are all crucial for the development of Odisha have been inaugurated.
- Enroute with clean and green fuel, various gas pipeline projects have been inaugurated, which would benefit a large population at the grassroot level in the form of household PNG connection.
- Establishment of CNG station will help to reduce pollution from vehicles. It will also meet the energy requirement of the industries in the region, indirectly boosting the employment generation.
- IIT Bhubaneswar will give wings to the aspirations of youth to excel in the technological sphere.
- A six-lane stretch on the National Highway-16 and a four-lane stretch of National Highway-4 between Cuttack and Angul will ease transport and comes with varied benefits like connectivity and ease of tourism.
- At a time when news from Odisha informing about the plight of poor who are not finding space in the hospitals, Modi Government’s sensitivity is quite visible as an ESI hospital in Bhubaneswar has been upgraded from 50 to 100 beds.
- Commemorating the Paika Rebellion with stamps and coins and having an archaeological museum in Lalitgiriri not only highlights the deep respect that the Modi Government has for local history, but it is also seen as a constructive step to boost tourism in the state.
Here we explain some of the projects to show what a great roadmap the Modi Government has been offering to the state of Odisha.
Paradip - Hyderabad Pipeline Product Project
1212 Km long Paradip Hyderabad Pipeline Product Project (PHPL) by IOC Ltd. at a sanctioned cost of Rs 3,800 crores. It is capable of transporting 4.5 MMTPA of petrol, diesel, kerosene, and Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF). The pipeline originates at Paradip and traverses through three States – Odisha (329 km), Andhra Pradesh (723 km) and Telangana (160 km) before terminating at Hyderabad. The pipeline has delivery cum pumping stations at Behrampur, Vizag, Rajahmundry, and Vijayawada.
GAIL’s Bokaro-Angul pipeline
667 Km long Bokaro-Angul pipeline is part of Jagdishpur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra Pipeline Project (PM Urja Ganga). It is built by the Gas Authority of India Limited at a sanctioned cost of Rs. 3,437 crores. The pipeline is a part of the landmark Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Project and traverses 367 km across 5 districts in Odisha and 360 km across 6 districts in Jharkhand.
Revering Local Heroism-Boosting Tourism
Prime Minister’s interest in honouring the real heroes of the land and bringing the locally relevant heroes into the national discourse is not a new thing. In fact, on April 16, 2017, Prime Minister Modi rekindled the forgotten brave chapter of history by honouring 16 families associated with what is known as the ‘Paika rebellion of 1817’. Carrying this momentum forward, now the central government is bringing out stamps and coins in the memory of these heroes.
An archaeological museum has come up in Lalitgirir of Odisha’s Jaipur district which is a famous Buddhist site. In 1985 during the excavation, relic caskets were found inside the stupa.
By both the above steps the central government is not just recognising the local pride but is also helping the state to showcase itself in the tourism industry.
Modi Government’s renewed focus on North-eastern states is well known and well documented. The recent focus on the developing eastern states like Odisha, which are comparatively lagging behind in the development journey, it can be said that the foundation of New India has been firmly laid.