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Three visits in two weeks: PM Modi launches a slew of schemes in poll-bound Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited his poll-bound home state Gujarat three times this month announcing a flurry of schemes for Gujarat. The visits have been a show of massive political mobilisation and appeared as a last ditch attempt to woo the voters

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 23, 2017 5:14 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited his home state Gujarat three times this month, and five times since September, announcing a flurry of schemes for the poll-bound state. Amid this, the Election Commission, which announced dates for Himachal Assembly elections on October 12, skipped doing so for Gujarat, inviting criticism from the Congress. Till the time the poll dates are not announced, the model code of conduct will not come into force, thereby allowing governments in the state and the Centre to announce populist schemes.

Here is a look at all the various schemes that the prime minister annoiunced for the state during his visits.

October 7-8

PM Modi visited Gujarat on October 7-8. During the first visit this month, PM Modi laid the foundation stones of a bridge between Okha and Beyt Dwarka along with other road development projects. He also laid the foundation stones for a greenfield airport in Rajkot, announced six-laning of the Ahmedabad-Rajkot National Highway, four-laning of the Rajkot-Morbi state highway. He also ‘dedicated’ a fully automatic milk processing and packaging plant along with a drinking water distribution pipeline for Surendranagar’s Ratanpur area and Joravarnagar.

He launched the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA)–an e-learning, e-healthcare, knowledge-sharing, digital payments and livelihood generation initiative for citizens living in rural areas. He also inaugurated the new building of IIT Gandhinagar on its campus. Moving focus to healthcare announcements, he launched the Intensified Mission Indradhanush–a full-spectrum immunisation program and also distributed e-tablets to healthcare workers.

This also marked the launch of ImTeCHO (Innovative mobile-phone Technology for Community Health Operations). This ImTeCHO was also a play on the Gujarati word TeCHO that means support, hence “IamTeCHO” or “I am support”. IamTeCHO was aimed to empower ASHA workers and to improve maternal, neonatal and paediatric care.

He then laid the foundation stone for Bhadbhut Barrage that will be constructed over the river Narmada and also flagged off the Antyodaya Express from Surat to Jaynagar in Bihar.

October 16

Although the visit didn’t see the prime minister launch any new schemes, it was for a massive show of strength as he addressed lakhs of BJP workers from across Gujarat at an event near Gandhinagar.

October 22

In his third visit to Gujarat in October and fifth since September, PM Modi returned to gifting projects to the state. He inaugurated the first phase of his “dream project”–the Rs 615 crore roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro) ferry service between Ghogha in Bhavnagar and Bharuch’s Dahej along the Gulf of Cambay. He also announced a maritime university and maritime museum to be set up in the region to boost coastal development.

In Vadodara, he announced the Rs 100 crore city command and control centre in Badamadi Garden, the Rs 125 crore Janmahal City transport hub-cum-multi-level parking, multi-modal city transport hub project worth Rs 160 crore and a waste-to-energy waste processing plant worth Rs 267 crore.

Other announcements included a Rs 55 crore deer safari project, Rs 6 crore veterinary hospital, two flyovers at a cost of Rs 265 crore and a Rs 166 crore water treatment plant. He laid the foundation stone for capacity expansion project for the Delhi-Mundra petroleum product pipeline as well as HPCL’s greenfield marketing terminal in Vadodara.

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  1. A
    Oct 24, 2017 at 12:50 am
    People know a lot of foundation stones are laid for projects at time of elections.Any project being looked at for feasibility,viability is announced,a foundation stone laid,votes gathered and govt conveniently forgets about those foundation stones.These projects weren't budgeted for, there is no money after going for 1 lac Cr bullet train. Will the bullet train be another major b er for Modi.Modi has visited Gujrat 3 times in 2 weeks.He really is worried about home state.During this last month he managed to visit his old school after a span of 7, yes Seven years. Strange doesn't he visit his village ,or his school to see if there has been improvement. where's the time ,what with high level conferences and visits abroad.We have wasted money and time in holding conferences for some dubious subjects,and one has had to ask,why host this conference?But Modi behaving like newly rich who invites everyone around for parties to show off.
    1. B
      Oct 23, 2017 at 11:14 pm
      feku ki rahul ne laga thi hai,and feku wants to win this election by hook or crook,I hope Gujratis will expose this feku liar chadi Moron and shut his filthy mouth for ever,this man has no respect for humanity,he is just power greedy monkey
      1. D
        Oct 23, 2017 at 11:13 pm
        The great fool is trying hard to the last straw of schemes that will never started. He shoul also throw in ram- mandirs too at all the gujrati places where the great moron was born. There are enough relugious fools who will fall for this tested election ploy of the pseudo desh premies.
        1. D
          Oct 23, 2017 at 11:05 pm
          Head monkey is running scared. He seem to know his fate in coming elections
          1. P
            Oct 23, 2017 at 9:37 pm
            Modi is simply a manipulator..But s stupid one at that.bluffs started in a drizzle but fast it came in torrents,much more than what people could swallow.Now the game is over and seen through.
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