Will take U’khand to new peaks of progress: PM

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Dec 2016 07:53:41


Dec 27,


PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of an ambitious project for all-weather roads to ‘Char Dham’ saying he wanted to drive Uttarakhand to new peaks of development so that lack of job opportunities does not force its youths to leave the State.
“There is an old saying in the hills of Uttrarakhand which means the waterbodies and youths of the mountains are not able to serve the land where they originate.

“I have decided to prove this wrong. “I want to take Uttarakhand to new peaks of development where people are not forced by circumstances to leave their homes in the Himalayas and spend their lives in the dirty streets of cities in search of work,” Modi told a ‘Parivartan Maharally’ at the Parade Ground here after the foundation laying ceremony.

The 900-km Char Dham Highway Development programme will entail an investment of Rs 12,000 crore. The project will ensure uninterrupted all-weather safe journey for pilgrims to the four Himalayan shrines- Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri and Kedarnath, which bore the brunt of the 2013 natural calamity.

Promising people that he was going to drag Uttarakhand out of the “bottomless pit of corruption in which it was languishing under the present regime,” the PM said the State needs a double-engine, one at the Centre and the other in the State capital to pull it out of its woes.

Making a reference to the alleged scam in relief funds in Uttarakhand, he said even a scooter with a capacity of five litres of oil could drink 35 litres of it. “Five or 50 people cannot drag Uttarakhand out of the bottomless pit of corruption it is in.

“It needs a double engine of the BJP for the huge effort, one in Delhi and the other in Dehradun,” he said, asking them to install a BJP Government in the State after 2017 elections and give the party an opportunity to build an Uttarakhand envisioned by Atal Behari Vajpayee who had created it.