Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the ‘Kosi Rail Mahasetu’ along side a slew of other rail projects for Bihar and hit out at the previous UPA government for the “slow” progress within the development of railways within the state during its rule.
The prime minister dedicated the ‘Kosi Rail Mahasetu’ to the state and inaugurated via video conference various projects associated with electrification and new rail lines.
Kosi rail mega bridge was ‘dream project’ of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and therefore the then Railway minister Nitish Kumar, but after the Vajapyee 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 line was planned with an aim to unravel the issues being faced by people of Mithila and Kosi,” Modi said.
With this thinking, in 2003 the groundbreaking was done by Vajpayee but subsequent year, his government went and then the speed of labor on the Kosi line project slowed considerably, the prime minister said.
“If the people of Mithilanchal and therefore the people of Bihar had been cared for then work would are done at a quick pace on the Kosi line project,” he said.
“In this era , who was responsible of Railways, whose government it had been , I don’t want to travel into that but the reality is that if the speed of labor would are an equivalent (under our government) as was earlier then the project would have taken ages to be completed,” Modi said, in a clear 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 latest India and expectations of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, he said.
Modi also said 325 km line was commissioned in Bihar in five years before 2014, while 700 km has been commissioned in five years since 2014.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Modi were also present during the virtual event.