Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thrusday inaugurated road and infrastructure projects worth Rs. 17,500 crores in Haldwani in poll-bound Uttarakhand. He is the first Prime Minister to have visited this area in Kumaon region in the past 26 years.
Hill infrastructure is essential in fostering tourism, business, trade where in the area of Kumaon being a tourist hotspot, it is imperative for this area to have good employment opportunities and increased economic growth. Even, access to basic services such as irrigation, sanitation, drinking water supplies are becoming crucial for development.
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Healthcare has been prioritised by the government in order to ensure transparent access to these amenities in remote areas where PM Modi also inaugurated the AIIMS Rishikesh Satellite Centre in Udham Singh Nagar and Jagjivan Ram Medical College in Pitthorgarh ,costing about Rs. 500 crores and Rs. 450 crores respectively.
Shelters are also being provided to the homeless and weaker sections in society where the foundation stone has been laid for construction of 2400 homes in Sitarganj and Kashipur in Udham Singh District at a cost of Rs. 170 Crores under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna, according to official statement.
Provision of drinking water has been a matter of concern with respect to threats like water shortages and droughts. The Lakhwar Multipupose Project’s foundation stone was laid which aims to provide drinking water, irrigation and produce 300 MW of power.
The widening of the Pitthorgarh-Tanakpur road is an important initiative when it comes to border connectivity. In order to get proper connectivity to Nepal, this route is crucial in providing easy connectivity to Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims.