Development is an­swer to all vi­o­lence: Modi

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION - Ritesh Mishra

BHI­LAI:PRIME Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Thursday said development is the an­swer to all forms of vi­o­lence, and claimed that both Union and state govern­ments of BJP are mak­ing all ef­forts to cre­ate an at­mos­phere of trust through de­vel­op­men­tal works.

“Kisi bhi tarah ka hinsa ka ..har tarah kee sajish ka ek hi jawaab hai – vikas (the an­swer to all types of vi­o­lence and con­spir­acy is development),” Modi said.

He also ded­i­cated to the na­tion the mod­ernised and ex­panded Bhi­lai steel plant of Steel Au­thor­ity of In­dia Lim­ited (SAIL).

With this, the SAIL com­pleted its around ~72,000 crore mod­erni­sa­tion and ex­pan­sion pro­gramme, tak­ing its pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity to 21 mil­lion tonnes per an­num from 13 MTPA ear­lier.

The PM said the Bhi­lai steel plant will make the foun­da­tion of ‘New In­dia’ stronger than steel. “Af­ter spend­ing more than ~18,000 crore, this plant has been mod­ernised and ex­panded with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy,” Modi said.

Bhi­lai, he said, has not only made steel but also im­proved the lives of peo­ple. Since In­de­pen­dence, from Kutch to Cut­tack and from Kargil to Kanyaku­mari, it is Bhi­lai plant that has pro­vided tracks to the rail­ways, he said.

The PM was on a day-long visit to Ch­hat­tis­garh where he in­au­gu­rated var­i­ous projects worth ~22,000 crore. He vis­ited the steel plant lo­cated in Durg dis­trict.

Steel min­is­ter Chaud­hary Biren­der Singh said four years back the steel in­dus­try was go­ing through a tough time and fac­ing chal­lenges but to­day In­dia is the sec­ond largest steel pro­ducer.

“In­dia was at the fourth place in steel pro­duc­tion (in 2014). But two years ago, we left be­hind Amer­ica to be­come the third largest steel pro­ducer, and four months ago, we left be­hind Ja­pan to be­come the sec­ond largest.”

Bhi­lai plant, he said, is pro­duc­ing 130-me­tre sin­gle piece rail track, “the long­est in the world”.

Ch­hat­tis­garh chief min­is­ter Ra­man Singh and tele­com min­is­ter Manoj Sinha were among oth­ers present dur­ing the oc­ca­sion.

Ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing at Jayanti Sta­dium, Modi also said that Bas­tar was ear­lier known for bomb, ban­dook (guns), pis­tol and hinsa (vi­o­lence) but now it will be known for the Jag­dalpur air­port, af­ter he launched the air ser­vice and flagged off the first flight from Jag­dalpur to state cap­i­tal Raipur.

PTI

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi dur­ing a visit to the Bhi­lai steel plant in Ch­hat­tis­garh’s Durg dis­trict on Thursday.

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