PATNA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (September 18) inaugurated the ‘Kosi Rail Mahasetu’ along with a slew of other rail projects for Bihar. The PM hit out at the previous UPA government during the event for the slow progress in the development of railways in the state during its rule.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Modi were also present during the virtual event.
PM Modi dedicated the ‘Kosi Rail Mahasetu’ to the nation and inaugurated via video conference various projects related to electrification and new rail lines. “Kosi rail mega-bridge was ‘dream project’ of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the then Railway minister Nitish Kumar, but after the Vajpayee government, speed on this project slowed,” Modi said.
“In 2003, Atal ji was the prime minister and Nitish ji railway minister when the new Kosi rail line was planned with an aim to solve the problems being faced by people of Mithila and Kosi,” Modi said.
“With this thinking, in 2003 the groundbreaking ceremony was done by Vajpayee but the next year, his government went and after that the speed of work on the Kosi rail line project slowed considerably. If the people of Mithilanchal and the people of Bihar had been cared for then work would have been done at a fast pace on the Kosi rail line project,” he said.
“In this period, who was in charge of Railways, whose government it was, I do not want to go into that but the truth is that if the speed of work would have been the same (under our government) as was earlier then the project would have taken ages to be completed,” Modi said, in an apparent attack at the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
In the last six years, efforts are being made to shape the Indian Railways as per the aspirations of New India and expectations of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, he said. Modi also said 325 km rail line was commissioned in Bihar in five years before 2014, while 700 km has been commissioned in five years since 2014.