Today, PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Saryu Canal project in UP. The project is worth Rs 9,8—crore and this project was pending for the past 40 years in UP’s Balrampur. The canal system will benefit lakhs of farmers in eastern UP who have been facing issues related to irrigation and water shortage.
The Saryu Nahar National Project began in 1978 but due to reasons like lack of continuity of budget support, adequate monitoring and interdepartmental coordination the project was delayed. Two years after BJP came into power; this project was bought under the Pradhan mantra Krishi Sinchayee Yojana in 2016 with a target to complete this project by a deadline.
According to PM Narendra Modi, the project that was on hold for 40 years was finished just 4 years back. The PM arrived in Balrampur at 1 pm today and addressed the audience at a stage along with UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and other politicians and senior officials.
The project also includes the linking of five rivers –Saryu, Ghaghara, Rohini, Rapti and Banganga to ensure that there is optimum water usage.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the crowd as he arrives at the inauguration event of Saryu Nahar National Project in Balrampur. pic.twitter.com/V2xBzJ6zZr
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While addressing the people, PM Modi said that the mindset of the previous government stalled the work of this project lashing out at the Opposition. He further added that when the project started, the cost to accomplish it was less than Rs 100 crores and today it is completed after spending Rs 10,000 crores, stating that the country had to pay 100 times more for the negligence of governments.
PM Modi addressed other issues as well; he expressed his condolences to all the soldiers who died in the helicopter crash on December 8. He said that the sudden demise of India’s first CDS Gen Bipin Rawat is a loss to every patriot. He expressed his kind words saying that a soldier is not a soldier only when he stays in the military; they have to be a warrior for their entire life. He added that wherever General Bipin Rawat may be, he will see India moving with new resolutions.
He also said that the doctors are working hard to save Group Captain Varun Singh’s life who was the sole survivor of the chopper crash near Coonor.
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