Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparedness of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state capital on July 7.
Subsequently, a sequence of meetings took place involving the chief secretary, director general of police, and various officials to deliberate on matters such as security arrangements, crowd management, traffic, and other related factors.
The Prime ,inister would be in Raipur to attend a series of programmes and a public meeting.
Amitabh Jain, the Chief Secretary, has instructed officials to ensure proper arrangements for security, traffic management, power supply, provision of drinking water, and health facilities. He emphasized the need for the department responsible for organising the event to be thoroughly prepared.
According to information, over 2,000 security personnel would be deployed at the event site and the programme will be monitored by 20 IPS officers, 24 administrative officers and special teams of the crime branch to keep a check in the vicinity.
Meanwhile, security in Raipur city has been beefed up and vehicles are being checked, with policemen deployed in all busy locations of the city.
Also, BJP leaders in Raipur have been distributing door-to-door invitation cards to citizens inviting them to the public meeting on July 7. They are also giving small packets of yellow rice as part of the ritual with the invitation card.
As part of PM’s visit to four states on July 7 and 8, he is scheduled to dedicate and lay the foundation stone of projects worth around Rs 7,500 crores in Raipur, including five National Highway projects, in Chhattisgarh in a public programme at around 10.45am.
According to a press release, in a major push to infrastructure development, Prime Minister will dedicate and lay the foundation stone for five National Highway projects worth around Rs 6,400 crores. The projects that will be dedicated to the nation include the 33 km long four-laning of Raipur to Kodebod section on the Jabalpur-Jagdalpur National Highway.
Besides boosting tourism, the section is integral for the movement of raw goods, and finished products of steel plants near Jagdalpur and provides connectivity to iron ore-rich areas.
Prime Minister will also dedicate the 53km long 4-lane Bilaspur-Pathrapali stretch of Bilaspur to Ambikapur section of NH-130 to the nation.
It will help improve the connectivity of Chhattisgarh with Uttar Pradesh and will boost the movement of coal by providing connectivity to coal mines in adjoining areas.
Modi will also lay the foundation stone for three national highway projects for the Chhattisgarh Section of the six-lane greenfield Raipur-Visakhapatnam corridor.
This project will provide better connectivity to rice mills in Dhamtari and bauxite-rich areas in Kanker and also benefit the handicraft industry in Kondagaon.
Overall, these projects will give a major thrust to the socio-economic development of the region.
Modi will also dedicate to the nation the doubling of 103km long Raipur-Khariar road rail line which has been completed at a cost of Rs 750 crore.
It will ease the transportation of coal, steel, fertilisers and other commodities from ports for industries in Chhattisgarh.
He will also dedicate to the nation a 17km long new railway line connecting Keoti – Antagarh.
Developed at a cost of Rs 290 crores, the new railway line will provide connectivity to Bhilai Steel Plant with Iron Ore Mines of Dalli Rajhara and Rowghat areas and will link remote areas of southern Chhattisgarh passing through dense forests.
Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation a bottling plant of the Indian Oil Corporation with a capacity of 60 thousand metric tons per annum at Korba, constructed at a cost of over Rs 130 crores.
Further, Prime Minister will also kickstart the distribution of 75 lakh cards to the beneficiaries under the Ayushman Bharat.