Highlights:

  • PM Narendra Modi inaugurates four rail projects in West Bengal. 
  • “The stronger the means of transport in our country, the stronger will be our resolve for self-sufficiency,” added PM Modi.
  • Today, raw materials for modern locomotives or coaches are all made in India. 
  • The new rail connections will not only make living easy but also provide opportunities for trade and industries, stated PM Modi.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visits Bengal on Monday to inaugurate several Railway projects in the poll-bound state. In his inauguration speech, the Minister said the projects that are inaugurated, will be making the lives of millions of people in many districts including Hooghly easier.  

He inaugurated the extension of Metro Railway from Noapara to Dakshineswar and flagged off the first service on this stretch. This 4.1 km extension has been constructed for ₹464 crores, fully funded by the Union government. He also inaugurated the third line between Kalaikunda and Jhargram throughout 30 km of the 132 km long Kharagpur-Adityapur Third Line Project of South Eastern Railway, which was sanctioned with an estimated cost of ₹1,312 crores.

He also inaugurated the 4th line between Dankuni and Baruipur, an 11.3 km line to augment freight transport, and the 3rd line between Rasulpur and Marga Station that is a 42.4 km line to immensely upgrade transportation. 

“The stronger the means of transport in our country, the stronger will be our resolve for self-sufficiency,” added PM Modi. He expressed his happiness that from now on besides Kolkata the people of Hooghly, Howrah, and North 24 Parganas district will also be getting the benefit of Metro Services. Be it metro or Railway system, whichever is constructed, Made in India is visible clearly in it. Today for coaches or laying tracks to modern locomotives, the raw materials used are all made in India, added PM Modi. 

The four projects that have been inaugurated in West Bengal will strengthen the railway network in the State. The railway networks are all connected Bengal to regions that have coal industries, steel industries, fertilizer industries, and agriculture heartlands. The new rail connections will not only make living easy but also provide opportunities for trade and industries, stated PM Modi. Further, he said, “It is the ultimate goal of self-reliant India.” 

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