Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves during the roadshow, after inaugurating the 9 km long section of Delhi-Meerut expressway, in East Delhi. (Source: PTI)

Prime Minister Modi Inaugurates Rs 11,000 Crore Eastern Peripheral Expressway

Asserting that infrastructure is a key priority of his government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that Rs 3 lakh crore has been spent on laying a network of 28,000 km of highways.

Highways, railways, airways and waterways have been the focus of the government he said.

Highways construction has reached 27 km a day from mere 12 km a day during the Congress regime while last year 10 crore people undertook air journeys, he said.

Modi was addressing a public rally in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh after dedicating the Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) to the nation. The 135 km EPE has been built at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore in 500 days.

Aerial shots of Delhi-Meerut Expressway
Aerial shots of Delhi-Meerut Expressway

He said that apart from Rs 5 lakh crore provision for Bharatmala for highways, a provision of Rs 14 lakh crore was made in the budget to strengthen agriculture related infrastructure.

The government is sensitive to the plight of sugarcane farmers and adequate steps are taken to provide proper prices for their crop, he said.

While talking about social justice, Modi said that his government is committed to Dalit protection and has constituted special courts for fast-track hearing of cases of atrocities.

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Lauding Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, he said that criminals in Uttar Pradesh are now surrendering themselves and pledging to not indulge in illegal acts.

About the Ganga cleaning programme, Modi said more than 200 projects worth Rs 21,000 crore for have been taken up.

Taking a jibe at Congress, Modi said it had betrayed people for 70 years and played politics to create a crisis of confidence whether related to EVMs or other critical issues. He said the Opposition was spreading rumours on farmer issues and asked people not to give credence to lies about farms given on contract farming.

In his near 50 minute-speech, he said all-round development work has been initiated.

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