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New Delhi: While inaugurating three petroleum sector projects in Bihar worth more than 900 crore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has a very important role to play in taking Bihar forward on the path to progress

"We must ensure sushasan (good governance) in Bihar. The good work done in the last 15 years must continue," Modi said.

"In the last 15 years, Bihar has shown that development happens with the right government, decisions, and policies, and also reaches everyone. We are working for the growth of all sectors in Bihar," said Modi.

Bihar was plagued by mindset where road projects were sneered at with query about their worth for those without vehicles, added Modi.

Institutes of higher learning have come up fast under Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Bihar, said PM Modi after virtually inaugurating the petro projects.

These projects include; state-run Indian Oil Corporation’s 193-km long Durgapur-Banka section of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) pipeline, which will supply domestic cooking gas for bottling at Banka in the state.

PM Modi also inaugurated state-run Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd’s LPG bottling plant at Harsidhi in East Champaran district through video conferencing.

Return of migrants in Covid times posed challenges but also threw up new possibilities of employment generation in Bihar, he said.

Bihar is all set to go for assembly elections in October-November this year. The Election Commission indicated that the poll process will be completed before the tenure of the legislative Assembly ends on 29 November.

The Prime Minister said the special package announced for Bihar a few years ago, focused much on the state's infrastructure. He said the special package given for Bihar had 10 big projects related to petroleum and gas worth 21 thousand crore. Among these today it is the seventh project which is being dedicated to the people of Bihar. He also listed the other six projects which had been completed in Bihar earlier. He expressed happiness that he is inaugurating the Durgapur-Banka section (about 200 km) of an important gas pipeline project for which he laid the foundation stone about one and a half years ago.

The Prime Minister said gas-based industry and petro-connectivity have a direct impact on people's lives, on their standard of living and also create millions of new employment opportunities. He said today, when CNG & PNG are reaching many cities in Bihar and Eastern India, people here should get these facilities easily. He said the Bhagiratha effort to connect eastern India with Paradip on the eastern seaboard and Kandla on the western seaboard began under the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Yojana and seven states will be connected through this pipeline, which is about 3000 km long, of which Bihar also has an prominent role. The line from Paradip - Haldia will now be further extended to Patna, Muzaffarpur and the pipeline coming from Kandla which has reached Gorakhpur will also be connected to it. He said when the entire project is ready, it will become one of the longest pipeline projects in the world.

The Prime Minister said due to these gas pipelines, big bottling plants are being installed in Bihar. Of which two new Bottling Plants have been launched today in Banka and Champaran. Both these plants have a capacity to fill more than 125 million cylinders every year. These plants will meet the LPG requirements of Godda, Deoghar, Dumka, Sahibganj, Pakur districts and some areas of Uttar Pradesh in Jharkhand. He said Bihar is creating thousands of new jobs from the laying of this gas pipeline to the new industries based on the energy from the pipeline.

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