PARADIP,SATYASUNDAR BARIK: Taking a dig at previous Congress governments for delayed execution of projects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called for imbibing culture of completing industrial projects and other institutes of national importance on time in order to save time and cost overruns.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that projects in the country face obstructions in the form of local resistance and land acquisition, making them very costly.
“Now a days whenever I go to inaugurate a project, my Congress friends immediately come out with statements that that the project was started during their tenure. As Prime Minister it is natural to get opportunity to inaugurate any project. But as Prime Minister I don’t get satisfaction. I would have been happier if this project was completed 15 years ago,” said Mr. Modi, inaugurating Indian Oil Corporation’s Rs 34,555 crore refinery in Paradip.
“Had the project completed years ago, lakhs of people by now would have got jobs,” the Prime Minister said.
Pointing out that projects get delayed due to procedural delay in tendering, some due to local resistance and land acquisition, he said, “There is a need to create such culture among general public, industrialists, policymakers and executing agencies so that the projects start early, progress as per schedule and get completed before time and country benefits from it,” Mr. Modi said.
The Prime Minister said, “It is matter of great satisfaction that I am getting to inaugurate project foundation stone of which was laid by former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. The project will benefit millions of woman, who depend on fuel wood for cooking.”
Stating the country is on its way to become self-reliant in energy sector, Mr. Modi pointed out that India is set to produce 78 cr kg LPG, 500 cr litre petrol, 660 cr litre diesel and 250 cr litre aviation turbine fuel and kerosene.
The Prime Minister also emphasised on development of alternative fuel, which could be extracted from agricultural remains.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged Mr. Modi to accord special category State status for Odisha for its expeditious development. Besides, Mr. Patnaik also sought the Prime Minister’s intervention for extending Chennai-Visakhapatnam industrial corridor to Odisha.
Earlier, Mr. Modi inaugurated National Institute of Science Education Research on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar and visited Jagannath temple at Puri.