Three petroleum projects worth nearly Rs 900 crore include a gas pipeline that extended from Durgapur in West Bengal to Banka in Bihar. PM Narendra Modi calls Bihar a ‘powerhouse of talent’.
IN THE run up to the Assembly polls in Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated three petroleum sector projects, gave a big thumbs up to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, and reached out to voters, calling the State a “powerhouse of talent”. Modi’s praise of alliance partner Kumar came weeks ahead of the elections that are likely in October-November, as he dedicated three petroleum projects worth nearly Rs 900 crore to people.
These included a gas pipeline that extended from Durgapur in West Bengal to Banka in Bihar. Banka was also the beneficiary of an LPG bottling plant while another such unit is located at Harsiddhi in East Champaran district. I had the opportunity of flagging off the work on extension of the gas pipeline a year-and-half ago. I am delighted to see its completion.
The country and Bihar have come out of an era when a project was announced and a generation had to wait for its completion. Nitish ji has played an important role in ushering in this change in the State, Modi said. In his trademark style, the Prime Minister began his speech with a few sentences in Angika, the dialect spoken in Banka and adjoining districts. He marvelled at the gas pipeline project which was no mean feat as it involved working across a stretch of nearly 200 km of difficult terrain dotted with many rivers, dense forests and hills.
I would like to use the terms gas-based industry and petro-connectivity, which may sound very technical but actually impact the lives of the common people, he said, addressing the function virtually from the national capital. Among those who attended the function were Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Governor Fagu Chauhan, Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Ashwini Kumar Choubey. ‘400 NEW PETROL PUMPS, 1200 LPG DISTRIBUTORS OPENED IN BIHAR IN LAST 6 YEARS’: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday said that 400 petrol pumps became operational in Bihar while 1,200 LPG distributors opened in the State which generated employment for 20,000 youth. “LPG connections in Bihar have increased recently.