PM Modi Visits Odisha Again
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his second trip to Odisha on the 5th of January, less than a fortnight after his last visit, and inaugurated projects worth ₹4,500 crores in Baripada.
The Prime Minister dedicated the Balasore-Haldia-Durgapur section of LPG pipeline project of IOCL, and the Balasore multi-modal logistic park to the nation. Additionally, a plaque to commemorate the start of work for the restoration and development of the Rasika Ray temple at Haripurgarh was unveiled.
Foundation stones for the four-laning of various National Highways across the State was also laid, which would allow greater volume of internal mobility and thus boost governmental revenues and reduce congestion. He inaugurated several Passport Seva Kendras (PSKs) in Cuttack, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal and Aska, via video-conferencing. A second passenger train from Tatanagar to Badampahar was also flagged off.
The inauguration of the high-stakes projects in Badipada coupled with the Prime Minister’s consecutive visits to Odisha is an indication of Modi’s commitment towards the state in the run-in to the General Elections, expectedly later this year. Earlier, on 24th December, he had visited a rally in Khurda town and laid foundation stones for projects worth an estimated ₹14,500 crores.