Ranchi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that rail network would be widened in Jharkhand. He said that rail connectivity is necessary for economic growth of the country.
Modi was addressing the gathering on the occasion of inauguration of Koderma-Hazaribagh rail line. He flagged off the Hazaribagh-Koderma train service.
Stating that Jharkhand needs to have more rail connectivity Modi said that improved rail service would sort out the problems of average citizens.
Stating that Jharkhand is blessed with immense natural resources it has the potential to become a leading State in the country.
He also said that despite being a big city Hazaribagh did not have adequate rail infrastructure for which steps ought to be taken. He said that railway is the lifeline of the country contributing immensely for country’s economic development.
He on the occasion thanked the farmers and land owners who had provided land for laying new lines.
Union Railway Minister Suresh Pradbhu on the occasion said that 60 km of new railway lines would be laid within next one year in Jharkhand. He also promised that Koderma-Hazaribagh line would be extended up to Ranchi.
He said that railway link is necessary for transportation of minerals from one to another destination for which necessary infrastructure would be developed.
Chief Minister Raghubar Das on the occasion drew the attention of the railway minister towards pending railway projects.
He said that Jharkhand could provide electricity to the whole country. He informed that a 400 MW plant would soon be set up at Patratu for which NTPC would invest about 25,000 Crores. The project would be completed within next four years, he said.
Das said that his government is committed to fulfill the promise made by Narendra Modi. The CM urged the railway minister to connect Lohardaga, Latehar, Giridih and Dumka to national rail network.
The 79.7 km long Koderma-Hazaribagh rail link project has been completed with an estimated cost of Rs 2900 Crores. There are nine stations and two halts on the route.
Present on the occasion among others Governor Syed Ahmed, union minister of state for finance, Jayant Sinha, union minister of state for railways, Manoj Kumar Sinha, union minister of state, Sudharshan Bhagat, former union minister Yashwant Sinha and MP Ravindra Rai.