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PM Narendra Modi on two-day visit to Gujarat



Inaugurates petrochemical plant and India’s largest cable-stayed bridge

After hectic campaigning for the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday embarked on a two-day visit to his home State of Gujarat, where he inaugurated a petrochemical plant in Dahej and India’s longest cable-stayed bridge across the Narmada in Bharuch.
With an eye on the Assembly polls to be held later this year, Mr. Modi said his government at the Centre was helping the State in boosting its infrastructure and had cleared new projects to help Gujarat.
While inaugurating the bridge in Bharuch, Mr. Modi announced that the Central government would convert eight 1,200-km State highways into National highways at an investment of ₹12,000 crore. “Be it the road sector or railways, work is happening at a much quicker pace since we assumed office, and the pace of highways construction is up 11 times to 22 km per day from merely 2 km per day,” Mr. Modi said, while throwing open the bridge on the Mumbai-Delhi national highway.
Interestingly, the bridge inaugurated by the Prime Minister was approved during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime when Congress leader from Bharuch, Ahmed Patel, had raised the issue of heavy traffic and the need for a new bridge.
In Dahej, a major industrial hub near Bharuch, Mr. Modi dedicated to the nation the newpetrochemical complex OPaL, built with an investment of ₹27,000 crore by three central PSUs.

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