Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the country three critical projects related to the Petroleum sector in Bihar via video conferencing. The projects include the Durgapur-Banka section of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur Pipeline Enlargement Project and two LPG Bottling Plants. They have been authorized by Indian Oil and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, public sector undertakings under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas aegis.
Speaking on occasion, Modi said the special package announced for Bihar a few years ago focused much on the state’s infrastructure. He said the special package given for Bihar had ten big projects related to petroleum and gas worth Rs 21 thousand crores. Among these, it is the seventh project which Modi is dedicating to the people of Bihar. He also listed the other six projects which had been completed in Bihar earlier. He expressed happiness inaugurating the Durgapur-Banka section (about 200 km) of a critical gas pipeline project for which he laid the foundation stone.
Modi said gas-based industry and petro-connectivity directly impact people’s lives, on their standard of living, and create millions of new employment opportunities. He said when Compressed Natural Gas and Piped Natural Gas are reaching many Eastern Indian cities, people should readily get these facilities. Modi said the fertilizer factory of Barauni, which was closed in the past, will also start working soon after constructing this gas pipeline. He said eight crore low-income families of the country have gas connections because of the Ujjwala scheme. It has changed the lives of the poor during the period of corona as it was mandatory for them to stay at home, and they need not go out to collect wood or other fuel.
Modi praised the youth of Bihar and said the state is the powerhouse of the country’s talent. He said Startup India, Mudra Yojana, and many such schemes had provided the necessary amount of self-employment to Bihar’s youth. The modern infrastructure is being made in the power, petroleum, and gas sectors. The reforms are being brought in, making the lives of people more comfortable and giving impetus to industries and the economy.
Modi said migrant laborers have returned, and new employment opportunities have also been created. Even during such a vast global epidemic, the country has not stopped, especially Bihar. He added the National Infrastructure Pipeline Project worth more than Rs 100 lakh crore is also going to help in growing economic activity. He called for everyone to keep working fast to make Bihar, Eastern India, an important development center.