BANASKANTHA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday laid the foundation stone of several water projects worth over Rs 8,000 crore in Banaskantha’s Tharad, which would benefit around 1,000 villages in six districts of the poll-bound Gujarat region.
While addressing the audience during the event, PM Modi‘s voice choked as he remembered those who died after a century-old suspension bridge collapsed in Morbi on Sunday. “I am very distressed after the Morbi mishap,” Modi said.
“I was distraught about whether to do the event (on Monday) or not. But your love and the ‘sanskar’ (ethics) of performing duty, brought me here with a heavy heart. Banaskantha is not just a district but it means the whole of north Gujarat,” PM Modi said in a choking voice.
The water supply projects worth Rs 8,034 crore, for which he laid the foundation stone, include Kasara-Dantiwada pipeline from the main Narmada canal, costing over Rs 1,560 crore alone.
On the sidelines of the programme, several projects including the strengthening of the Sujlam Suflam Canal, the extension of the Modhera-Moti Dau pipeline to Mukteshwar Dam-Karmavat Lake, the lift irrigation scheme for 11 villages of Santalpur Taluka, among others were also announced.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi paid homage to Sardar Patel at the Statue of Unity and participated in the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas-related events.
The PM underlined the significance of Ekta Diwas in 2022 as “it is the year when we completed 75 years of our Independence and we are moving ahead with new resolutions”. The Prime Minister said that unity is essential at every stage, be it family, society or nation. This feeling is manifested in the country in the form of 75,000 Ekta Runs everywhere, he said.
“Entire country is drawing inspiration from the resolute determination of Sardar Patel. Every citizen is taking a pledge for the unity of the country and to evoke ‘Panch Pran'”, he said.
The Prime Minister remarked, “On the occasion of Ekta Diwas, I would like to reiterate the responsibility handed out by Sardar Saheb.” He said that it was the responsibility of the citizens to strengthen the unity of the nation and this will happen only if every citizen of the country readies themselves to carry out the duties with a sense of responsibility.
“With this sense of responsibility, Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas will become a reality and India will move forward on the path of development,” the Prime Minister said.
He stated that government policies are reaching every person in the country without any discrimination. Giving examples, the Prime Minister highlighted that free vaccines are made available to the people of Siang in Arunachal Pradesh as easily as the people in Surat, Gujarat. Medical institutions like AIIMS can now be found not just in Gorakhpur but also in Bilaspur, Darbhanga, Guwahati, Rajkot and other parts of the country as well.
He said that the development work of defence corridors is in full swing not just in Tamil Nadu but also in Uttar Pradesh. The PM noted that even though different languages are spoken in different areas, the government schemes are reaching every part of India while connecting the last person in the queue.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi will visit Morbi.





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