3 million houses built for the poor across India in last 8 years: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday under Prime Minister Awas Yojana that three crores of houses had been built for the poor across India in the last 8 years; of these, 10 lakh houses have been built in Gujarat alone.

While interacting with the beneficiaries of various schemes in Olpad, Surat on Thursday, the Prime Minister said that 97% of rural households in Gujarat get tap water and added that under PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi 2 lakh crores were directly transferred to the accounts of farmers in the country.

Furthermore, the Prime Minister said that India has become the fifth largest economy in the world and this is no ordinary achievement. “We need to maintain this enthusiasm,” Modi said while virtually addressing beneficiaries of various government programs and those attending a medical camp held in the Olpad area of ​​Surat city, Gujarat. “Recently, India has become the fifth largest economy in the world. This achievement has given us the confidence to work even harder and achieve greater goals in this Amrit Kaal. This progress is not ordinary. Every Indian is proud of it. We must maintain this enthusiasm,” the Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister Modi today virtually inaugurated a mega medical camp in Surat and interacted with beneficiaries of various state and central government sponsored programs, Prime Minister Modi said.

Later in the evening, Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the new Kartavya Path, a stretch from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate. Kartavya Road will have red granite walkways with greenery all around, renovated canals, state food stalls, new amenity blocks and vending kiosks.

According to the government, it symbolizes the transition from Rajpath, once an icon of power, to Kartavya Path, an example of public ownership and empowerment.

Modi will also unveil a statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate.

According to an official from the Union Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, 19 acres of the canal’s total area have been redeveloped. They have been equipped with infrastructure such as aerators. There are 16 bridges along the entire stretch. Boating will be allowed in two channels, one near Krishi Bhawan and the other around Vanijya Bhawan.

Along the Rajpath, the area spanning 3.90 lakh square meter has been developed with greenery all around. Additionally, the new red granite walkways spanning 15.5 km were created, replacing the bajri sand that lined the ground before.

Another official said parking spaces for 1,125 vehicles have been created along the entire stretch. A parking space for 35 buses has been created near India Gate.

Seventy-four historic lampposts and all the links in the chain have been restored. More than 900 new streetlights have been installed. The concrete bollards have been replaced with over 1,000 white sandstone bollards to retain the character of the enclosure.

According to the ministry, more than 400 benches, 150 bins and more than 650 new signs have been installed along the entire section.

One hundred and one acres of lawns were replanted with different grass species, adapted to their location. Appropriate slopes and drainage channels have been incorporated to minimize damage caused by standing water.

Four new pedestrian underpasses have been constructed at busy intersections to separate vehicular traffic from pedestrian traffic, allowing for safe street crossings.

The ministry said large amenity blocks and underpasses have ramps with guardrails at appropriate heights for safe use by children and specially disabled people.

The Central Vista redevelopment project – the country’s power corridor – envisions a new triangular parliament building, a joint central secretariat, the reorganization of the three-kilometre Rajpath, a new residence and office for the Prime Minister and a new enclave for the vice president.

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