Patna, Oct 14, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appreciated the efforts of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar towards development of the state and said the progress of eastern India is the Centre’s topmost priority.
“The commitment of Nitish Kumar towards the progress of Bihar is commendable. The Centre attaches topmost importance to the development of eastern India,” Modi said, addressing the centenary celebrations of Patna University here.
Modi said when the country celebrates the 75th anniversary of Independence day in 2022, he wants to see Bihar standing among the list of prosperous states.
Modi also said that many top level officials of civil services are students of Patna University.
“In Delhi, I interact with so many officials, many of whom belong to Bihar,” he said.
“I consider it my honour to visit Patna University and be among the students. I bow to this land of Bihar. This university has nurtured students who have contributed greatly to the nation.”
He also urged universities to move from conventional teaching to innovative learning and said that Bihar is blessed with both ‘Gyaan’ and ‘Ganga.’ “This land has a legacy that is unique,” he said.
Later, he will also lay the foundation stones for four sewerage projects under the Namami Gange Programme and four national highway projects in Mokama area of Patna district.
The total outlay of these projects will be over Rs 3,700 crore.
The four sewerage projects for which the foundation stone will be laid are Sewage Treatment Plant at Beur, Sewerage System with Sewer Network at Beur, Sewage Treatment Plant at Karmalichak, and Sewage Treatment Plant and Sewer Network at Saidpur — all in state capital Patna.
“These projects together will create new STP capacity of 120 MLD and upgrade the existing 20 MLD for Beur,” said an official statement.
The four national highway projects for which foundation stones will be laid include four-laning of Aunta-Simariya section of NH-31 and construction of six-lane Ganga Setu.
The other three projects are four-laning of Bakhtiyarpur-Mokama section of NH-31, two-lane construction of Maheshkhunt-Saharsa-Purnea section of NH-107 and two-lane construction of Biharsharif-Barbigha-Mokama section of NH-82.