Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a series of development projects including an airport in Jharsuguda of Odisha during his visit to the state. Inaugurating a new airport at Jharsuguda, he said that it will attract investors to the mineral-rich area and will act as a lifeline in the western region of the state. The PM also laid the foundation stone for a Rs 13,000 crore-project to revive the Talcher fertiliser plant. He exuded confidence that the plant will begin production in the stipulated 36 months. The fertiliser plant will for the first time see coal being converted into gas for use as feedstock and for producing neem-coated urea.
He also inaugurated the Garjanbahal open cast mine of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL), which has coal block reserves of 230 million tonne with an annual production capacity of 13 million tonne. It will generate direct employment opportunity for 894 people and indirect job opportunities for 5,000.The PM also launched the 53.1-km long Jharsuguda-Serdega railway line constructed by the MCL. Modi also dedicated to the nation Dulanga Coal Mining Project of NTPC in Sundargarh district. This is the second mine of the state-run company to be operational and its first in Odisha.
From here, the PM left for neighbouring poll-bound Chhattisgarh where he laid the foundation stone for several development projects. Addressing a public meeting in Janjgir-Champa, he virtually kicked off the election campaign for the BJP saying “people of the state are mature enough to elect a stable government”. He said that the only objective of the BJP-led governments at the Centre and in Chhattisgarh were the welfare of the poor and the common people.