Lok Sabha Elections 2019 LIVE Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday flagged off what the Railways call the world’s first electric locomotive converted from a diesel locomotive, at Diesel Loco Works, in Varanasi. Modi unveiled the heavy-duty 10000-horsepower which has been made by joining two of the WAGC3 locos for freight operations.
The 2612 horsepower WDG3A diesel loco was converted into a 5000 horsepower electric loco to assume the new class called WAGC3 at a cost of Rs 3.79 crore. The project was sanctioned at the end of 2017 when Railways took the decision to go for 100% electric traction. Railways ministry has given sanction to convert 108 locos in one year.
Apart from flagging off world’s first electric locomotive, Modi also inaugurated several development projects in Varanasi.
PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate several developmental projects in Varanasi. Follow LIVE updates here
PM slams opposition leaders in Varanasi for targeting Vande Bharat Express
Responding to the criticism of Vande Bharat Express by opposition leaders after the train developed a snag, PM Modi on Tuesday hit back, terming "targeting and mocking" semi-high speed train as unfortunate. The prime minister's reaction came after the criticism by Congress President Rahul Gandhi and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav. He termed the targetting of the train as an "insult" to engineers and technicians.
"Some persons targeting and mocking at semi-high speed train. This is unfortunate. This is an insult to engineers and technicians involved in the project. People should remain alert against such persons who are insulting engineers and technicians and mocking the country," the PM said while addressing a public meeting in Varanasi.
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"Some persons targeting and mocking at semi-high speed train, it is unfortunate. This is an insult to engineers and technicians involved in Vande Bharat Express project," says PM Modi.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi: Our government is progressing the development of the country on two tracks. One track is the infrastructure such as railway, airway, internet.....and the second is the attempt to make the lives of farmers, middle class & labor class easy. pic.twitter.com/CA1nuC5q8v— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 19, 2019
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi: Many steps have been taken to transform the railway in the last 4 & 1/2 years. Semi-high speed train, Vande Bharat that was made in India is an example of it. It is sad how this train is being targeted and made fun of by some people. pic.twitter.com/NtlobCIWkL— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 19, 2019
In pics: Modi lays foundation stone, offers respects to Guru Ravidas
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates various development projects in Varanasi, says, "Sarkarein aati gai, baatein karti rahi. lekin aapki aasha kabhi poori nahi hui. Uska pura karne ki taraf aj ek mangal karya ka aarambh hua hai." pic.twitter.com/GMWeq0Hkzk— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 19, 2019
Modi to inaugurate hospitals
On his visit, Modi will be inaugurating two hospitals in the city.
Modi addresses people at Kashi
After offering prayers at the Ravidas temple, Modi lays the foundation stone for Guru Ravidas birthplace development project. Addressing people at Kashi and Modi promises various developmental projects for Varanasi. The Prime Minister says various facilities for devotees including, a community hall would be built and quoted several teachings of Ravidas.
"If we had followed the teaching of Ravidas, India would have been rid of the caste system. Cheating and corruption has ruined the country," says Modi.
Modi vouches to provide education to children, jobs to youth, farmers cultivation, LPG to each family, power supply, Rs 5,000 to poor for medical assistance, irrigation. He also mentioned that Rs 6,000 would be directly transferred to farmers as was stated during the interim budget.
"This is just the beginning. Each will receive the benefits of these schemes," says Modi.
Will go to banaras and inaugurate to hospitals today.
गरीब परिवारों को मुफ्त में बिजली का कनेक्शन, मुफ्त में गैस कनेक्शन, 5 लाख रुपये तक का मुफ्त इलाज, किसानों के लिए सिंचाई व्यवस्था और 6,000 रुपये वार्षिक अनुदान के साथ ही अन्य कई ऐसी योजनाएं शुरू की गई हैं, जो वंचित वर्ग को ऊपर उठाने के लिए हैं:श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी #BadalRahiHaiKashi— BJP (@BJP4India) February 19, 2019
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