Ranchi: With three infrastructure projects inaugurated yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has flagged off eight infrastructure projects in the last 10 days before the model code of conduct begins to apply in three poll-bound states.
The 3 states — Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Haryana — besides Jammu and Kashmir are due to have their assembly elections before the end of the year.
Modi flew into Ranchi to inaugurate the the 765kV Ranchi-Dharamjaygarh-Sipat inter-regional transmission line of the Power Grid Corp’s grid transmission situated at Bero in Ranchi. The Bero grid has been built at a cost of Rs1,600 crore.
He also laid the foundation stone for a 2,000 MW power plant of the National Thermal Power Corp in North Karanpura. He also inaugurated four other projects or laid foundation stones.
Modi later left for Maharashtra a second time to dedicate to the nation NTPC’s 1000 MW ’he Mouda Super Thermal Power Project in Nagpur district of Maharashtra, stage I of which began commercial generation in March 2014 when the UPA was in power.
At the Mouda dedication, Modi said the country’s rural areas need adequate electricity supply to increase productivity and in turn prevent farmer suicides.
“We have to bring a qualitative change in people’s lives in rural areas and have to begin with providing them adequate electricity. We must ensure that villages have access to 24-hour electricity,” Modi said.
The prime minister said it was sad that farmers were forced to commit suicide because of inadequate power supply affecting their productivity.