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PM Modi will visit Gujarat on June 17 and launch projects worth Rs 21,000 cr




Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a two-day visit to Gujarat from June 17 to attend a number of programs including the inauguration and foundation laying ceremony of projects worth over Rs 21,000 crore, his office said Thursday.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement that Modi would inaugurate the revamped Shree Kalika Mata temple on Pavagadh hill on June 18, followed by his visit to Virasat Van.

He will also attend Gujarat Gaurav Abhiyan in Vadodara where he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of projects worth more than Rs 21,000 crore, he added.

Incidentally, Modi’s mother’s birthday also falls on June 18. He is likely to meet her to ask for her blessing as she enters the 100th year of her life, sources said.

The PMO has stated that beneficiaries of various government programs will attend Gujarat Gaurav Abhiyan in Vadodara.

Development projects will include those related to railways worth more than Rs 16,000 crore. The railway projects include the 357 km long New Palanpur-Madar section of the Dedicated Freight Corridor, conversion of gauge of the 166 km long Ahmedabad-Botad section and electrification of the 81 km long Palanpur-Mitha section. km long, among others.

Citing various other initiatives for the redevelopment of Surat, Udhna, Somnath and Sabarmati stations, among others, the PMO said that these projects will help reduce logistics costs and boost industries and the agricultural sector in the region. They will also improve connectivity in the region and improve passenger amenities, he added.

The statement said that under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, a total of 1.38 lakh houses will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister, including houses worth around Rs 1,800 crore in urban areas and houses in worth more than Rs 1,530 crore in rural areas. Furthermore, the ‘Khat muhurat’ of around 3,000 houses worth over Rs 310 crore will also be realized.

Modi will also launch other development works in Kheda, Anand, Vadodara, Chhota Udepur and Panchmahal worth more than Rs 680 crore which aim to improve the quality of life in the area, he said .

He will also lay the foundation stone of the Central University of Gujarat at Kundhela village in Dabhoi taluka. Located about 20 km from the town of Vadodara, the university will be constructed at a cost of around Rs 425 crore and will serve the higher education needs of over 2,500 students.

Among other initiatives, the Prime Minister will launch “Mukhyamantri Matrushakti Yojana” with emphasis on improving maternal and child health. It will have an outlay of Rs 800 crore. Under this scheme, pregnant and lactating mothers will receive 2 kg of chickpeas, 1 kg of tur dal and 1 kg of edible oil free of charge at anganwadi centers every month.

The prime minister will also disburse around Rs 120 crore for ‘Poshan Sudha Yojana’ which is now extended to all tribal beneficiaries in the state, the PMO said.

This step is taken after the successful experiment of providing pregnant and lactating mothers in the tribal districts with iron and calcium tablets and nutrition education, he said.

Referring to the redevelopment of the Shree Kalika Mata Temple, the PMO noted that it is one of the oldest temples in the region and attracts a large number of pilgrims. The redevelopment of the temple was done in two phases. The inauguration of the first phase of the redevelopment was done by Modi in April.

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