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A statement from the PMO said the new projects in Madhya Pradesh will provide a major stimulus to industrial development while those in Chhattisgarh are aimed to improve connectivity within the the country. File photo

Modi to launch developmental projects in poll-bound MP, Chhattisgarh tomorrow

These include a petrochemical complex at MP’s Bina refinery and rail sector projects in Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh aimed at improving connectivity

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on Thursday (September 14) to launch a slew of projects including a petrochemical refinery and rail sector projects ahead of the Assembly polls in both the states.

In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said that Modi will lay the foundation stone of projects worth over ₹50,700 crore in Madhya Pradesh from an event in Bina in the state.

‘Stimulus to industrial development in MP’

The projects include a petrochemical complex at Bina refinery and 10 new industrial projects across the state. Later, he will travel to neighbouring Chhattisgarh to dedicate important rail sector projects worth around ₹6,350 crore. Assembly polls are due in both states in November-December.

The prime minister will also lay the foundation stone of critical care blocks in nine districts of Chhattisgarh and distribute one lakh sickle cell counselling cards.

The statement said the new projects in Madhya Pradesh will provide a major stimulus to industrial development in the state.

The state-of-the-art Bina refinery of the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, which will be developed at a cost of about ₹49,000 crore, will produce about 1,200 KTPA (Kilo-Tonnes Per Annum) of ethylene and propylene, vital component for various sectors like textiles, packaging and pharma among others. This will reduce the country's import dependence and be a step towards fulfilling the prime minister's vision of 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat', it said.

The mega project will also create employment opportunities and spur the development of downstream industries in the petroleum sector.

During the programme, Modi will also lay the foundation stone of 10 projects, including power and renewable energy manufacturing zone in Narmadapuram district, two IT parks in Indore, a mega industrial park in Ratlam, and six new industrial areas across Madhya Pradesh.

Improving connectivity

Modi's emphasis on improving connectivity across the country will get a boost with the inauguration of important rail sector projects in Raigarh in Chhattisgarh, the statement said. The projects include Chhattisgarh East Rail Project Phase-I, third rail line between Champa to Jamga, third rail line between Pendra Road to Anuppur and MGR (Merry-Go-Round) system connecting Talaipalli Coal Mine to NTPC Lara Super Thermal Power Station (STPS). The rail projects will provide impetus to socioeconomic development by facilitating movement of passengers as well as freight traffic in the region, it said.

The Chhattisgarh East Rail Project Phase-I is being developed under the ambitious PM Gati Shakti-National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity and consists of a 124.8 km rail line from Kharsia to Dharamjaygarh, including a spur line to Gare-Pelma and three-feeder lines connecting Chhal, Baroud, Durgapur and other coal mines. The rail line, built at a cost of around ₹3,055 crore, is equipped with electrified broad gauge level crossings and free part double line with passenger amenities. It will provide rail connectivity for coal transportation from Mand-Raigarh coalfields located in Raigarh, Chhattisgarh.

With an aim of addressing health problems caused by sickle cell disease, especially among the tribal population, Modi will also distribute one lakh sickle cell counselling cards to the screened population. The distribution of sickle cell counselling cards is being done under the National Sickle Cell Anaemia Elimination Mission (NSAEM), which was launched by the prime minister in July 2023 at Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh.

(With inputs from agencies)

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