Narendra Modi in Bihar as it happened: PM hardsells development agenda, says Centre committed to help state

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Narendra Modi in Bihar as it happened: PM hardsells development agenda, says Centre committed to help state
  • 15:52 (IST)

    Centre plans to provide Rs 10,000 crore to 20 varsities in India, says PM

    Lamenting that no Indian university figures among the top 500 globally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the government intends to unshackle these institutions and provide Rs 10,000 crore to 20 varsities to ensure that they are counted among the best in the world.

    "My government took an important step towards unshackling the IIMs, freeing them from the clutches of restrictions and regulations set by the government. "We intend to do the same for our universities and ensure that our centres of higher learning figure among the best 500 in the world," Modi said.

  • 15:48 (IST)

    Narendra Modi lays the foundation stone for Namami Gange and National Highways project

    Image courtesy: @BJP4India

  • 15:41 (IST)

    Modi concludes his speech with chants of "Bharat Mata ki Jai'

  • 15:38 (IST)

    Modi takes potshots at Congress, Opposition

    "Even our critics will admit that unlike in the past, when political parties used to promise various yojnas with upcoming elections in mind, we always launch a scheme and make sure that we prepare a roadmap to fulfill it too," Modi said in an apparent dig at the UPA. 

  • 15:34 (IST)

    Modi reiterates his committment to Bihar's development

    "I meet several people from rural India. We are working tirelessly to fulfil their aspirations.  And, projects whose foundation stones are being laid will give impetus to Bihar's development," Modi said. 

  • 15:33 (IST)

    Modi woos Bihar, UP with train sops

  • 15:28 (IST)

    Modi pitches for Namami Gange

    Calling river Ganga the lifeline of India, Modi said, "Our first priority is that river Ganga must not be polluted. We are running this campaign to stop any waste from entering river Ganga."

  • 15:26 (IST)

    We are committed to building roads, says Modi

    Modi slams opposition leaders, says they have been dragging India back. He said that while leaders in the past were skeptical of developing roadways,  the NDA government is in the process of doubling the pace of road building as part of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna.

  • 15:22 (IST)

    Modi thanks people of Mokama

    "I can see a sea of humanity at this gathering. There are far more people at this rally, then it can hold.  Yet, despite reeling under severe heat, they have come to bless us. I am thankful to them. "

  • 15:19 (IST)

    Modi salutes Krishna Singh

    "The bridge will connect Begusarai to Patna. Begusarai has become the industrial centre of Bihar due to the first chief minister Krishna Singh. I salute this great man," says Modi

  • 15:15 (IST)

    State govt and Centre working in tandem to help Bihar

    "The Centre has changed the fate of Bihar by launching so many schemes. I thank the Bihar government for implementing all central schemes, The Bihar government and the Centre is working in tandem to help the state prosper," Modi said. 

  • 15:12 (IST)

    Narendra Modi greets people of Mokama in Bhojpuri

  • 15:10 (IST)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is speaking 

  • 15:07 (IST)

    Nitish requests a road between Buxar and Benaras

    “I request you to construct road connecting Buxar and Banaras as the number of pilgrims travelling to Banaras is quite high,” Nitish Kumar said while addressing the gathering. 

  • 14:58 (IST)

    The roadways projects that have been launched today

    The four highway projects for which the foundation stone has been laid, include the four-laning of Aunta-Simariya section of NH-31 and the construction of six-lane Ganga Setu at a cost of Rs 1,161 crore.

    The other projects are four laning of Bakhtiyapur-Mokama section of NH-31 spending Rs 837 crore, two-lane construction of Maheshkhunt-Saharsa-Purnea section of NH 107 at a cost of Rs 736 crore and two-lane construction of Bihar Sharif Barbigha-Mokama section of NH-82 at the cost of Rs 297 crore.

    PTI

  • 14:53 (IST)

    Nitish Kumar thanks Central government for infrastructure projects

  • 14:50 (IST)

    Watch: The foundation laying ceremony for different projects

  • 14:49 (IST)

    Nitish Kumar speaking right now

    Before Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Ram Vilas Paswan spoke from the dais. After Nitish, the prime minister is expected to address the gathering. 

  • 14:29 (IST)

    Modi set to launch projects, address the gathering

  • 14:28 (IST)

    Narendra Modi arrives in Mokama

  • 14:27 (IST)

    Nitish Kumar nostalgic about his college days

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar remembered his days as a student in Patna Science College and said that even now parents want their ward to get admission into this college after completing their matric.​ 

  • 13:57 (IST)

    What can history aficionados find in the new Bihar Museum?

    Different galleries at the museum showcase the state’s heritage and its contribution to world civilization — from the figures of Buddha and Mahavir, to the Nalanda University, the Bihari diaspora (known as girmitiya labourers) of the 19th and 20th centuries, and Mahatma Gandhi’s first satyagraha from Champaran. Also highlighted here, are the philosophy of Chanakya and the reign of Emperor Ashoka. 

  • 13:56 (IST)

    Modi visits newly-inaugurated Patna's Bihar Museum

  • 13:45 (IST)

    Patna turns itself into a fortress

    Unprecedented security arrangements are in place for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit. Patna has been turned into a fortress with thousands of security personnel deployed and traffic diversions made.

    Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) said seven Superintendents of Police and 12 deputy SPs have been deployed to oversee the security arrangements and regulation of road traffic during nearly five-hour stay of the prime minister in the state.

    "Four companies of the Bihar Military Police and a Quick Response Team comprising eight units of Special Task Force and two of Anti-Terrorist Squad have also been deployed," he said.

    "Special arrangements have been made for Mokama where one company of CRPF and two units of STF will be assisting the local police in maintaining security," Singhal said.

  • 13:39 (IST)

    Tejashwi Yadav blames Nitish Kumar for fall in Bihar's education standards

  • 13:34 (IST)

    What is on Modi's agenda in Mokama?

    Modi is to lay the foundation stones for several projects, including four sewerage projects under the Namami Gange project and four national highway projects in Mokama area of Patna district.

    IANS

  • 13:26 (IST)

    Modi's big development push in Bihar

    Nand Kishore Yadav, the senior BJP leader and state Cabinet minister claimed that out of Rs 1.25 lakh crore of the package announced by the prime minister, around Rs 55 crore are for road and rail projects. There is no shortage of money, he claimed added tha there will be 16 bridges on river Ganga in the next five years, which was only four till a few years ago.

  • 13:19 (IST)

    Will Modi's new announcement improve quality of Higher Education?

  • 13:15 (IST)

    Here are few images from Modi's address at Patna University

  • 13:01 (IST)

    Modi off to Mokama in Patna district 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will fly by helicopter to Mokama, which is in Patna district about 100 km from the capital city, News18 is reporting.

  • 12:44 (IST)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Patna University centenary celebrations

    Image courtesy: @PMOIndia

  • 12:42 (IST)

    Modi's appeal to Indian youth: Be innovative

  • 12:38 (IST)

    Want Bihar to be prosperous by 2022

    "In 2022, when India celebrates 75 years of Independence, I want my Bihar to be among the prosperous states of the country," Modi said while praising Nitish Kumar's committment towards the people of Bihar.

  • 12:35 (IST)

    Modi concludes his public address

  • 12:34 (IST)

    Modi praises the state of Bihar 

  • 12:33 (IST)

    Modi urges alumni outreach for universities

    Urging universities tap their alumni network to gain funding, Modi said that alumni play a major role in driving any university. He said that status and pride that comes with alumni always help an university. He added that the alumni culture is in its infancy in  India, reiterating that universities need to tap them to seek funding and stop being dependent on government for funds. 

  • 12:27 (IST)

    Modi praises Nitish's committment to Bihar

  • 12:25 (IST)

    Indian children are now playing with computers, says Modi

    Once upon a time, our ancestors used to play with snakes but now our new generation is playing with mouse (computer), said Modi while narrating an incident he encountered in Taiwan. 

  • 12:19 (IST)

    Innovation is key to development, says Modi

    "Only a country which gives importance to innovation will succeed. But innovation does not mean modification. Remember that IT revolution has helped India' change the perspective towards it. Before IT revolution, India was always considered a country of snake charmers and black magic," says Modi.

  • 12:16 (IST)

    Need to focus on learning and not on teaching

    "Education's job is to clear the minds of students but our idea is to fill it with rote learning. Education also means to have an open mind. Universities need to start a campaign to help students open their minds," Modi said.

  • 12:08 (IST)

    Nitish's dig at Bihar Congress leader

  • 12:07 (IST)

    Modi praises Patna University

    The seeds of Patna University were sown 100 years. Student studied here and then helped India reach newer heights. Thanks to Patna University, the top 5 students who are selected for UPSC each year are from this university," Modi said.

  • 12:04 (IST)

    Modi thanks Nitish for inviting him

    "Nitish told me I am first prime minister to come to Patna University. It is a previlage for me. I have observed that former prime minister's have left many good things for me. I now have the previlage to complete them," Narendra Modi said.

  • 12:00 (IST)

    Modi begins his address

  • 11:59 (IST)

    Meanwhile, the Bihar governor Satya Pal Malik is finding it difficult to keep his eyes open!

  • 11:57 (IST)

    Nitish Kumar invokes Mahatma Gandhi

    "Mahatma Gandhi stressed on cleanliness (swacchta) while being in Champaran. Gandhiji also spoke of literacy and education in Champaran, which did not even have a school. Champaran Satyagraha was a major event in giving farmers' their rights," Nitish Kumar told the gathering. 

  • 11:55 (IST)

    Nitish pitches for Central University status

    Nitish Kumar said, "Patna University was founded in the year when the  Champaran Satyagraha took place. I hope the central government will grant the Central University status to Patna University." 

  • 11:52 (IST)

    Nitish Kumar is speaking at the celebrations 

  • 11:45 (IST)

    Controversy over not inviting Lalu Prasad Yadav, Yashwant Sinha for celebrations

    However, a minor controversy has erupted with actor-turned-politician and local BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha raising the issue of not being invited to the programme despite being a Patna University alumnus. Sinha has also questioned the rationale behind the exclusion of senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and RJD chief Lalu Prasad from the function despite being university alumni.

  • 11:36 (IST)

    Shatrughan Sinha welcomes Narendra Modi as chief guest


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Bihar on Saturday to attend the centenary celebrations of the Patna University and launch several development projects worth over Rs 3,700 crore.

This will be the prime minister's first full-fledged official tour to the state since the BJP became a part of the ruling coalition in Bihar in July in 2017. In August, Modi along with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had made an aerial survey of the flood-hit districts of Bihar.

After attending the Patna University function, the prime minister will fly by a helicopter to Mokama, which is in Patna district about 100 kilometres from the capital city. Modi will launch a number of development projects in Patna.

The state BJP president has been hinting that a bonanza was on the cards, terming the prime minister's visit as a "Diwali gift" to the people of Bihar in general and Mokama in particular.

At Mokama, Modi will lay the foundation stone for four Rs 3,031 crore national highways projects and as many sewage treatment plants (STPs) and related works worth Rs 738.04 crore on Saturday, an official statement said.

Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari, who also holds the portfolio of water resources, will accompany the prime minister for the ceremony.

The four highway projects for which the foundation stone will be laid, include the four-laning of Aunta-Simariya section of NH-31 and the construction of six-lane Ganga Setu at a cost of Rs 1,161 crore.

The other projects were four laning of Bakhtiyapur-Mokama section of NH-31 spending Rs 837 crore, two-lane construction of Maheshkhunt-Saharsa-Purnea section of NH 107 at a cost of Rs 736 crore and two-lane construction of Bihar Sharif Barbigha-Mokama section of NH-82 at the cost of Rs 297 crore.

The sewerage projects include development of STPs and related network at Beur and Saidpur. These will create a capacity of treating 120 million litres daily (MLD), the statement said.

The project also includes upgradation of existing 20 MLD-capacity system.

Besides, sewer network of 234.84 kilometres will also be developed in the Beur and Saidpur zones, the statement said.

In Patna, seven other sewerage projects are already at various stages of implementation.

File image of Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi in a Bihar rally. PTI

File image of Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi in a Bihar rally. PTI

The existing population in the city is 16.83 lakh and the existing sewage generated in the city is 220 MLD and sewage load is expected to be 320 MLD by the year 2035.

"Considering the existing treatment capacity of the city and existing waste generation and (estimated) waste generation till 2035, a total of 11 projects under World Bank funding are sanctioned for six zones which will create a total of 350 MLD of STP capacity and will lay down 1140.26 km of sewerage network at a cost of Rs 3582.41crore," the statement said.

After completion of these 11 projects, Patna will become a town having 100 percent sewerage infrastructure and no sewage water will drain into Ganga, it said.

The impoverished state has high hopes from the prime minister, who had announced a "package" of Rs 1.25 lakh crore in 2015.

Meanwhile, tight security arrangements were in place for the prime minister's visit. Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) said seven Superintendents of Police and 12 deputy SPs had been deployed to oversee the security arrangements and regulation of road traffic during nearly five-hour stay of the prime minister in the state.

"Four companies of the Bihar Military Police and a Quick Response Team comprising eight units of Special Task Force and two of Anti-Terrorist Squad have also been deployed," he said.

"Special arrangements have been made for Mokama where one company of CRPF and two units of STF will be assisting the local police in maintaining security," Singhal said.

Preparations were also in full swing at the Patna University for Saturday's function. However, a minor controversy has erupted with actor-turned-politician and local BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha raising the issue of not being invited to the programme despite being a Patna University alumnus.

Sinha has also questioned the rationale behind the exclusion of senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and RJD chief Lalu Prasad from the function despite being university alumni.

Patna University vice-chancellor Rash Bihari Prasad Singh, however, sought to clear the air over the issue, claiming that the "printing of invitation cards got delayed and that's why cards have not been sent to them. But, they are very much in our guest list".


Updated Date: Oct 14, 2017 15:55 PM

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