Prime Minister Narendra Modi witnesses the Air Show at the inauguration of the Purvanchal Expressway in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh on November 16, 2021. Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath are also seen. (PIB)
Sultanpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Purvanchal Expressway here on November 16, 2021. He also witnessed the Airshow on the 3.2 km long airstrip constructed on the Expressway in Sultanpur district.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said while laying the foundation stone of Purvanchal Expressway three years ago, he did not imagine that one day he would land on the same expressway.
He said that “this expressway will lead to a better future at a faster pace, this expressway is for UP’s development, this expressway is for the building a new Uttar Pradesh, this expressway is a reflection of modern facilities in UP, this expressway is a proof of accomplishment of resolutions in UP and this is the pride and wonder of UP”.
The Prime Minister remarked that the balanced development of the country is equally necessary for the overall development of the country.
“Some areas march ahead in development and some areas are left behind by decades. This inequality is not good for any country. The eastern part of India and North-Eastern states, despite having so much potential for development, did not get much benefit from the development taking place in the country. The way the earlier governments ran for a long time, they did not pay attention to the overall development of UP,” Prime Minister Modi said and expressed happiness that in Eastern Uttar Pradesh, today a new chapter of development is about to be written.
The Prime Minister lauded Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, his team, and the people of UP on the completion of Purvanchal Expressway.
He also thanked the farmers, whose land was acquired for this project, the workers, and the engineers, who were involved in the project.
The Prime Minister remarked that the security of the country is equally important as the prosperity of the country. He said that keeping that in mind, emergency landing provision for fighter jets is made while constructing the Purvanchal Expressway.
Maintaining that there was no development in UP till 7-8 years ago, PM Modi said in 2014, when the country gave him an opportunity to serve the country, he gave priority to the development of UP, but “the then UP government did not support him”.
The Prime Minister asked who can forget how many power cuts used to happen in UP earlier, who can forget what was the law and order condition in UP and who can forget what was the condition of medical facilities in UP.
“In the last four and a half years in UP, whether in the East or the West, thousands of villages have been connected by new roads and thousands of kilometers of new roads have been built,” PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister said with the active participation of the people, the dream of development of UP is now visible.
“New medical colleges are being built, AIIMS is coming up, modern educational institutions are being built in UP. Just a few weeks ago the international airport in Kushinagar was inaugurated.”
He said before the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule in Uttar Pradesh, parts of a vast state like UP were cut off from each other to a great extent.
“People used to go to different parts of the state but they were troubled due to lack of connectivity. For the people of East Uttar Pradesh, even reaching Lucknow was quite a task,” the PM said.
He alleged that for previous Chief Ministers, development was limited to where they had their homes.
“But today, the demands of Purvanchal are given equal importance as the demands of the West. This expressway will connect those cities with immense aspiration and huge potential for development with Lucknow. Where the good road leads, good highways reach, there the pace of development increases, job creation happens faster.”
The Prime Minister noted that for industrial development of Uttar Pradesh, excellent connectivity is necessary, every corner of UP needs to be connected.
“As expressways are getting ready in UP, the work of the industrial corridor has also started. Very soon new industries will start coming up around Purvanchal Expressway. In the coming days, in the cities situated along these expressways, work on products related to food processing, milk, cold storage, storage of fruits and vegetables, cereal, animal husbandry, and other agricultural products are going to increase rapidly.”
He said since skilled manpower is essential to the industrialization of UP, so work has also been started to train the manpower.
He said that the Defense Corridor being built in UP is also going to bring new employment opportunities here.
The Prime Minister said today the double engine government in UP is working considering the common people of UP as their family.
“An environment is being created for new factories. Keeping in mind the needs of this decade, infrastructure is being built to build a prosperous Uttar Pradesh.”
The Prime Minister also lauded the Government of Uttar Pradesh for its excellent work done for Corona Vaccination.
The Prime Minister said in just 2 years, the UP government has almost provided piped drinking water connection to 30 lakh rural families. And this year the double engine government is fully committed to provide piped drinking water to lakhs of sisters at their homes. (Press Release)