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PM lays foundation stone & dedicates to nation various projects worth over Rs 11,300 cr


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Hyderabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid the foundation stone and dedicated to the nation various projects worth over Rs. 11,300 crore at Parade Ground here.

The projects include laying the foundation stone of AIIMS Bibinagar, five National Highway projects and the redevelopment of Secunderabad Railway Station.

He also dedicated other development projects related to railways.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister also flagged off the Secunderabad-Tirupati Vande Bharat Express at Secunderabad Railway Station.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister expressed gratitude for getting the opportunity to extend the pace of development of the state of Telangana. He also recalled flagging off the Secunderabad-Tirupati Vande Bharat Express which will connect the IT City of Hyderabad with the abode of Lord Venkateswara, Tirupati.

“The Secunderabad-Tirupati Vande Bharat Express will successfully connect belief, modernity, technology and tourism”, Modi said.

The Prime Minister congratulated the citizens of Telangana for today’s projects worth over Rs. 11,300 crore related to railways and road connectivity and health infrastructure development.

He noted that the state of Telangana has been in existence for almost the same time as the present government at the center and bowed his head to those who contributed towards the formation of the state.

“It is the duty of the government at the center to realize the dreams of citizens of the state related to the development of Telangana”, Modi said highlighting the spirit of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’.

He said that special emphasis has been given so that Telangana can make the most out of India’s

development model laid out in the past nine years.

Giving examples of development in the cities, the Prime Minister mentioned the 70 km of metro network laid out in the last nine years and the progress made in the development of the Hyderabad Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS).

Highlighting the initiation of 13 MMTS services today, the Prime Minister informed that Rs 600 crores have been allocated for Telangana for its expansion in the state which will benefit lakhs of citizens in Hyderabad, Secunderabad and nearing districts while also giving rise to new business hubs and investment.

Noting the unpredictability of economies of the world due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing war between two countries, the Prime Minister highlighted that India is one of the few countries that have made record investments towards modern infrastructure.

He informed that Rs 10 lakh crore have been earmarked for the development of modern infrastructure in India in this year’s Budget and pointed out that in the last nine years, the railway budget of Telangana has increased seventeen times and the work of laying new rail lines, rail line doubling and electrification among others have taken place in record time.

“The electrification of Secunderabad–Mahabubnagar project is a prime example of this”, he said as he noted that it will improve the connectivity between Hyderabad and Bangalore. The Prime Minister emphasized that the redevelopment of Secunderabad Railway Station is part of the campaign for the modernizing of prime railway stations in the country.

Along with railways, the Prime Minister said, the highway network of Telangana is also being developed at a fast pace and mentioned the four highway projects whose foundation stone has been laid today.

Mentioning the Akkalkot-Kurnool section of the highway being built at the cost of Rs 2300 crores, the Mahabubnagar-Chincholi section at the cost of Rs 1300 crores, the Kalwakurthy-Kollapur section at the cost of Rs 900 crores, and the Khammam-Devarapalle section at the cost of Rs 2700 crores, Modi emphasized that the central government is leading the development of modern highways in Telangana with full force.

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