Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate, dedicate to the nation, and lay the foundation stone of multiple infrastructure projects worth more than Rs 68,000 crore during a public programme in Odisha’s Sambalpur on Saturday.
The Prime Minister will inaugurate the ‘Dhamra – Angul Pipeline Section’ (412 Km) of the ‘Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra Pipeline Project (JHBDPL)’. Built at a cost of more than Rs 2450 crore under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’, the project will connect Odisha with the National Gas Grid. He will also lay the foundation stone of the ‘Nagpur-Jharsuguda Natural Gas Pipeline Section’ (692 Km) of the Mumbai-Nagpur-Jharsuguda Pipeline. The project, which will be developed at a cost of more than Rs 2660 crore, will improve the natural gas availability to states like Odisha, Maharashtra, and Chhattisgarh.
During the programme, the Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation and lay the foundation stone of multiple power projects worth about Rs 28,980 crore. The projects to be dedicated to the nation include NTPC Darlipali Super Thermal Power Station (2×800 MW) and NSPCL Rourkela PP-II Expansion Project (1×250 MW) in Sundargarh district of Odisha. He will also lay the foundation stone of NTPC Talcher Thermal Power Project, Stage-III (2×660 MW) in Angul district of Odisha. These power projects will supply low-cost power to Odisha as well as several other states.
The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) Talabira Thermal power project worth more than 27000 crore. Strengthening the Prime Minister’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat, this state-of-the-art project will provide reliable, affordable, and round-the-clock power contributing significantly to the nation’s energy security and playing a vital role in the country’s economic growth and prosperity.
Modi will inaugurate coal infrastructure projects of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, including First Mile Connectivity (FMC) projects – Bhubaneswari Phase-I in Talcher Coalfields in Angul district and Lajkura Rapid Loading System (RLS). Built at a cost of about Rs 2145 crore, these projects will boost the quality and supply of dry fuel from Odisha. The Prime Minister will also inaugurate Ib Valley Washery, built at a cost of over Rs 550 crore in Jharsuguda district of Odisha. It will mark a paradigm shift in coal processing for quality, signifying innovation and sustainability. Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation a 50 km long second track of Jharsuguda-Barpali-Sardega rail line Phase-1 built by Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, with an investment of Rs 878 crore.
He will also inaugurate three road sector projects of National Highways, developed at a cumulative cost of about Rs 2110 crore. The projects include four laning of Rimuli-Koida Section of NH 215 (New NH No. 520), four laning of Biramitrapur-Brahmani Bypass end section of NH 23 (New NH No. 143), and the four laning of Brahmani Bypass End-Rajamunda Section of NH 23 (New NH No. 143). These projects will enhance connectivity and also contribute towards the economic development of the region.
Further, the Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation and lay the foundation stone of railway projects worth about Rs 2146 crore. He will lay the foundation stone for the redevelopment of Sambalpur Railway Station, whose architecture is inspired by the Sailashree Palace. He will also dedicate the Sambalpur-Talcher Doubling Railway Line (168 Km) and Jhartarbha to the Sonepur New Railway line (21.7 Km), enhancing the rail network capacity in the region. He will also flag off Puri-Sonepur-Puri Weekly Express, which will improve connectivity for the rail passengers in the region.
The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the permanent campus of IIM Sambalpur. Further, he will dedicate the Jharsuguda Head Post Office Heritage Building to the nation.