Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced the sanctioning of Rs 1.25 lakh crore for Bihar, a state that he said yearned for development and progress. The Prime Minister’s declaration of the special package for the state came at an official government event in Arrah, Bihar where he laid the foundation stone for national highway projects. He was accompanied on the dias by prominent Bihar leaders of the BJP including Ravi Shankar Prasad, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Ram Kripal Yadav and Giriraj Singh. Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari was also present on the stage.
Now, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) has put out details of what the PM’s special package actually includes.
The biggest chunk of the funds has been approved for highway and road building projects. A total of Rs 54,713 crores have been allotted for highways which includes 2,775 kilometres of highways and construction of bridges across the Kosi, Sone and Ganga rivers. The next big chunk of funds has been allotted in the petroleum and gas sectors. Expansion of the Barauni Refinery and a petrol-diesel pipeline from Raxaul to Nepal are some of the projects planned.
With the PM’s thrust on providing electricity to rural homes, the special package includes the allotment of Rs 16,130 crores for the electrification of villages and small towns. A 1,300 MW power plant at Buxar is also planned.
While Rs 3,094 crores have been planned under the package for farmer welfare, Rs 1,000 crores have been allotted in the education sector. Projects planned include an IIM at Bodh Gaya and a Central University near Bhagalpur.
Construction of a new airport at Patna and the development of airports at Gaya, Raxaul and Purnea are also some of the projects proposed. The Prime Minister had also announced an additional Rs 40,000 crores for the state, which includes the leftover Rs 8,000 crores from an earlier 2013 package, along with funds allotted for ongoing work of national highways.
Here’s a break-up of the funds allotted to different sectors under the special package:
Highways – Rs 54,713 crores
Petroleum and Gas – Rs 21,476 cr
Electricity – Rs 16,130 crores
Rural roads – Rs 13,820 crores
Railways – Rs 8,870 crores
Airports – Rs 2,700 crores
Farmer’s welfare – Rs 3,094 crores
Skill development – Rs 1,550 crores
Education – Rs 1,000 crores
Health – Rs 600 crores
Tourism – Rs 600 crores
Digital Bihar – Rs 440 crores