UPSC Current – PM inaugurates three Gujarat projects
PM inaugurates three Gujarat projects
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated three projects in his home State of Gujarat — one each related to farmers’ welfare, healthcare, and tourism development — via video-conferencing from New Delhi.
Mr. Modi launched the ‘Kisan Suryodaya Yojana’ aimed at providing day-time electricity to farmers in the State for irrigation and farming. The second project he inaugurated was a paediatric heart hospital at the U.N. Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre in Ahmedabad, developed with an investment of ₹470 crore by the State’s Health Department.
The third project launched was a 2.3-km-long ropeway project on Mount Girnar in Junagadh city, a major pilgrimage site. The ropeway project is being touted as the longest temple ropeway in Asia. The ropeway has been developed by Usha Breco Limited at an investment of ₹130 crore.
In his address on the occasion, Mr. Modi said, “The world-class ropeway will make it convenient for more people to visit Girnar. Earlier, it used to take five-seven hours to climb Girnar, but now it will take only seven-eight minutes. More devotees and tourists will visit Girnar. It will give a boost to adventure activities. I am also happy that the project will create more employment opportunities for local youth.”
The Girnar ropeway is a state-of-the-art passenger ropeway comprising 25 cabins, including one glass-floored cabin, each having the capacity to carry eight passengers at a time. It can ferry 800 people in an hour, and 8,000 in a day.
On the Kisan Suryodaya scheme, Mr. Modi said, “Farmers should save water and adopt the mantra ‘per drop, more crop’.” He also stressed on using technology to boost production.