Mirzapur, July 15 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a number of projects including the much awaited Bansagar canal which is expected to provide a big boost to irrigation.
“Those who are shedding crocodile tears for farmers today should be asked as to why they did not complete irrigation projects which were left incomplete throughout the nation during their tenure,” he said.
Modi was addressing a public meeting after inaugurating the Bansagar canal project and laying the foundation of Mirzapur medical college. “I have had the opportunity to dedicate many projects of development to the public in the past two days and introduce new schemes,” he said, while charging the opposition parties with “neglecting the people and not completing projects on time”.
Referring to the ambitious Bansagar canal project, he said it would provide a big boost to irrigation in the region. “Previous governments used to come up with incomplete projects and stall them. You are the people who suffered. Had this project (Bansagar) been completed beforehand, you would have been benefitted by it two decades ago,” he said
The Prime Minister arrived in Mirzapur on Sunday, on the second day of his visit to Uttar Pradesh.
The Bansagar Canal project would help at least 1.70 lakh farmers of both Mirzapur and Allahabad with the irrigation sector receiving a huge boost. A joint venture of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, the canal is 171 km long.
“The Bansagar project of about Rs 3,500 crore will not just provide irrigation in Mirzapur but also 1.5 lakh hectares of this whole area including Allahabad,” Modi said while addressing a gathering in Mirzapur.
He also laid the foundation stone of the Mirzapur Medical College, inaugurated 100 Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadi Kendras and a bridge over the Ganga river