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PM Modi's New Year Gift To Odisha, Announces Projects Of Worth Rs 4, 500 Crore

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| January 5 , 2019 , 18:54 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted a number of government projects to the people of Odisha on Saturday.

He unveiled various projects of worth Rs. 4,500 crore. The projects were unveiled during Modi's second visit to the eastern state in less than a fortnight.

During his first visit, he had launched some projects in Bhubaneswar and addressed a BJP rally near the historic Khurda town on December 24. Modi had unveiled a number of projects worth more than Rs 14,500 crore.

The Prime Minister described the projects as a new year gift to the people of Odisha. He also expressed hope that 2019 will steer the state on a path of rapid development.

The projects inaugurated by Modi are mostly related to road highways and transport, petroleum and natural gas, railways, culture, tourism and passport services.

Four-Laning of three major national highways in Odisha, laying of a section of a key LPG pipeline and doubling of an important railway line were some of the major announcements he made.

The Prime Minister also announced a new passenger train on a route, unveiled multi-modal logistics hub in Balasore as well as a project for restoration and conservation of historical site of Haripurgarh.

He also gifted passport sewa kendras at post offices in Bhadrak, Cuttack, Jajpur, Aska, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal through video conferencing to make the passport related services more convenient.

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Currently, people have to go to the regional passport office at Bhubaneswar.

The officials said that foundation laying and inauguration of a host of projects by the prime minister comes ahead of general election, which is due in a few months' time.

The assembly polls in Odisha are also slated to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls.