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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Announces New Road and Railway Projects in Siliguri, West Bengal Ahead of Lok Sabha Elections: BJP vs TMC Dynamics

 

New Delhi: As part of the Viksit Bharat West Bengal initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Siliguri on Saturday. There, he dedicated and opened several key rail and road projects worth over Rs 4,500 crores, which represents a major advancement in the region’s infrastructure development.

Prime Minister Modi attacked the Mamata Banerjee-led administration, claiming that the TMC “loots” the central cash designated for MGNREGA employees. “Modi sends money from Delhi for MGNREGA wages, but the TMC government embezzles your money.” 25 lakh bogus job cards were created and distributed to the populace in order to benefit the TMC’s “tolabaz,” he claimed.

Taking jabs at the Trinamool Congress (TMC) administration in power, Prime Minister Modi stated that the Sandeshkhali incident is being discussed nationwide. He went on to say that the TMC and Left Front both disregarded the fundamental requirements of the Bengali people. “First the Left disregarded you, and then the TMC followed suit. Looting the land of the poor was their busy business. Consequently, I returned all those amenities to you when you offered me the chance,” he stated.

The TMC administration disburses funds to individuals selected by extortionists. The TMC is unaffected by the misery of the people. The entire nation is talking about what the TMC leaders did to the ladies of Sandeshkhali, who are Dalit and Adivasi. TMC commits atrocities on women and plunders the impoverished, he continued.

In a jab at the previous Central governments, Prime Minister Modi claimed that the eastern region of India continued to be overlooked by the Central government even after independence. “The trains used to travel slower as they entered the northeast at one point. However, our government is working to raise the rail speed in North Bengal in line with the national rise. Eastern India’s growth was neglected for a long period after independence. However, the northeast is regarded by our government as the nation’s growth engine. The central government is working hard to support West Bengal’s development, according to PM Modi.

“The people of Bihar would also profit from this process of electricity. The people’s level of living will rise as a result of the railway infrastructure being strengthened. Bengal to Bangladesh train services are currently available. We are closing the gap between the two countries by working with the government of Bangladesh, PM Modi remarked.

PM Modi praised the initiative and called it a step towards ‘Viksit Bengal’: ‘I am glad to come to North Bengal, which is famous for its tea’. Here today, foundation stones have been set for numerous projects valued at thousands of crores. This is a critical phase in the creation of a “Viksit Bengal.” North Bengal offers commercial connections with other nations and serves as a gateway to Northeastern India.”

PM Modi’s numerous electrification projects, which aim to improve rail connections and help the people of North Bengal and its neighboring territories, are among his notable national initiatives. These projects cover a number of parts, including Siliguri – Aluabari via Bagdogra, Barsoi – Radhikapur, Raninagar Jalpaiguri – Haldibari, and Siliguri – Sivok – Alipurduar Jn – Samuktala (which includes Alipurduar Jn – New Cooch Behar).

PM Modi also inaugurated railway projects, such as the installation of electronic interlocking in New Jalpaiguri and automatic block signaling in Ambari Falakata – Aluabari, as well as the doubling of the railway line in the Manigram – Nimtita segment. In addition, he inaugurated a brand-new passenger rail service that runs between Radhikapur and Siliguri.

These projects have the potential to improve freight traffic, increase rail connectivity, and stimulate job growth and employment prospects in the area.

To strengthen the state’s road network, Prime Minister Modi launched two Rs 3,100 crore National Highway projects. The Ghospukur – Dhupguri Section of NH 27 will be expanded to have four lanes, and a four-lane Islampur Bypass will be built on NH 27. An essential component of the North-South transport corridor, which allows for easy access between Eastern India and the rest of the nation, is the Ghospukur–Dhupguri portion.

Furthermore, it is anticipated that the four-lane Islampur Bypass will lessen traffic in Islampur town.

This is noteworthy because it is PM Modi’s third visit to the state in as many months. During his earlier trips, the Prime Minister traveled through a number of southern West Bengali districts, such as Hooghly, Nadia, and North 24 Parganas, which are regarded as Trinamool Congress (TMC) strongholds.

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