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New rail lines in West Bengal will open avenues for industries: PM

By TIOL News Service  

NEW DELHI, FEB 23, 2021: PRIME Minister Mr Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated several rail projects in West Bengal ahead of the assembly election and said it these will make life easier and also open new avenues for industries.

"BJP will work fora ‘Sonar Bangla' [golden Bengal] that will strengthen the history and culture of Bengal. A Bengal where faith, spirituality and enterprise will be respected and where development will be for everyone," the PM said in his address at Hooghly.

Mr Modi said West Bengal has been an important centre of self-reliance in the country and that there are immense possibilities for international trade from the region as the rail lines are connecting to areas with coal mines, steel plants, fertiliser production and agricultural lands.

"These new rail lines will make life easier and new avenues will also be made available for the industries," he said.

Mr Modi inaugurated the 4.1-km extension of Kolkata Metro's North-South line from Noapara to Dakshineswar in Kolkata which has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 464 crore, fully funded by the Central government.

He also inaugurated the third line between Kalaikunda and Jhargram over a stretch of 30 km of the Kharagpur-Adityapur project of South Eastern Railway, sanctioned at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,312 crores. He also inaugurated the the doubling of the Azimganj to Khargraghat Road section of Eastern Railway that has been laid at a project cost of about Rs. 240 crore.

He dedicated to the nation the 11.28 km fourth line between Dankuni and Baruipara of the Howrah–Bardhaman Chord Line and the third line, 42.42-km long between Rasulpur and Magra (42.42 kms) of Howrah–Bardhaman Main Line. The two lines have been laid at an approximate cost of Rs. 954 crore.