PM Narendra Modi has voiced his intent to effect a transformation in the creaking infrastructure in India and thereby change the very life of each and every man woman and child in the country forever. Clearly, that kind of change does not come easily and many firsts will have to be inked. Well, he has been a busy man and his agenda is full. With that kind of a push, states too are getting hyperactive. Now, the Rajasthan government is all geared up to create a record of sorts on August 29, when Prime Minister Modi will launch more than 9,500 road projects which include national highways, state roads and rural roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and the state’s flagship programmes, reported Times of India.
The project will cost Rs 27,000 crore in total. PM Modi is scheduled to visit Udaipur next week to lay foundation stones for projects as well as inaugurate some. Besides PM Modi, Union highway minister Nitin Gadkari and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje will attend the event.
According to TOI sources, 109 projects over 3,000 kilometers are being funded by the road transport ministry and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). The projects primarily include widening of highways and improvement and construction of state roads. They will cost around Rs 15,000 crore. The PM will inaugurate 11 completed NH projects totaling about 873-km in length, including a six-lane cable stayed bridge across the river Chambal in Kota, reported TOI.
Majority of these projects fall under the Centre’s rural connectivity programmes along with that of the state government programmes such as PM Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY), Rajasthan Road Sector Modernization Project (RRSMP) and Gramin Gaurav Path. Thirty-one others are on the build-operate and transfer (BOT) model.
Rajasthan is one of the leading states under BOT model which implements the public-private partnership road project. As per TOI report, a source from the government said the PM will address a “mammoth rally” in Udaipur while launching the projects.
An official told TOI,”The district collectors have been alerted and the schedule will be shared with them soon. The live telecast will be at the exact project sites.” The PM’s visit and the number of projects being rolled out are significant as only a year is left for the assembly elections in Rajasthan.