Modi gifts poll-bound Maharashtra a new metro as CM boycotts events

The 38.215-km-long Nagpur metro project, scheduled to be completed by March 2018.

By: Press Trust of India | Nagpur | Updated: August 21, 2014 10:01 pm
Modi had on Saturday also laid the foundation of Rs 4000 crore multi-product Special Economic Zone project. (source: PTI) Modi had on Saturday also laid the foundation of Rs 4000 crore multi-product Special Economic Zone project. (source: PTI)

Visiting poll-bound Maharashtra for a second time in less than a week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday gifted the state a clutch of infrastructure projects including a metro for Nagpur as he reaffirmed his government’s commitment to development and rooting out graft.
Just a day after the Union Cabinet cleared a Rs 8,860 crore metro project for Nagpur, state’s second after Mumbai, Modi laid its foundation in senior BJP leader and Union Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari’s constituency.

Apart from laying the foundation stone for Pardi flyover in Nagpur city, he also dedicated to the nation the 1000 MW Mouda Super Thermal Power Project Stage-1 in pre-election bonanza to the state where BJP-led NDA is seeking to unseat the Congress-NCP government after 15 years.

Though Modi largely avoided making a political speech, the shadow of the upcoming elections appeared to loom large on the events that were boycotted by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan after he was booed at a function in Solapur last Saturday in the presence of Modi, who had then come to inaugurate a national highway project.

Chavan, who had to stop his speech midway amid chants of “Modi! Modi!” by alleged BJP supporters, had on Wednesday said he would skip today’s Nagpur events as “the federal structure of the country has been undermined at the programmes in Congress-ruled states where the PM was present recently.”

Modi had on Saturday also laid the foundation of Rs 4000 crore multi-product Special Economic Zone project spread over 277 hectares at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust near Mumbai that would provide employment to 1.5 lakh people.

While Modi made no mention of Chavan in his speech, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu lamented it, saying he would have been happy if he were present and stressed upon the need for the Centre and state governments to work in tandem as “Team India”.

The 38.215-km-long Nagpur metro project, scheduled to be completed by March 2018, will be funded on equal sharing basis between the state and the Centre with the latter contributing Rs 1,555 crore as equity and subordinate debt.

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First Published on: August 21, 2014 9:36 pm
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    amakant
    Aug 21, 2014 at 11:58 pm
    Congress is dooba, dooba, dooba. If the 4 state elections result in BJP win in all, Sonia will be forced to abdicate and Rahul make way for Priyanka minus Vadra.
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      ramdas
      Aug 22, 2014 at 4:13 am
      It's quite obvious congis cannot challenge modiji on development plank or good governance That's why they are leaving the dias. Fire is spreading to the poll bound states. Congis should drink coffee instead of chai.
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        common
        Aug 21, 2014 at 10:13 pm
        Systemmatic failure of state government in one of the most developed states in India, namely, Maharastra got it entangled with scams and suicides among farmers. Known as harbinger of job creator and saviour of Indian culture, it was like USA in 1950s and 1960s when Shiv Sena came on a non South Indian platform. After a long time we could hear development word in Maharastra. Yes, indications may prove ominously and Congress is on its way out signalling new jobs and happier days for Nagpur and othe non fanciful cities. A politician who can't stand up to "hai, hai" in India is facing political rout and will become part of history. The only right for a common man is to cry loudly which is guaranteed in our consution. If Mr C wanted, he could have removed every one like TMC had in Delhi and dedicated to only leader of C party, Nehru and his family this project.
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          Citizen
          Aug 21, 2014 at 8:22 pm
          Pigmies and vision less leaders foisted on the states for their sycophancy of dynasty can not lead the states and that is what happened even in the national elections recently due to their leader of hereditary succession belief. Hope voters would realize this and vote intelligently for their own and next generations brighter future. Jaihind
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