Chief minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday asked people to pray for him to save him from the unfavourable planetary position that are troubling him, taking pot shot at the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre.
Addressing a gathering here to lay the foundation stone of nursing college at the Sushila Tiwari Medical College and Hospital and inaugurating a healthcare projects worth Rs 25 crore, the chief minister said if he is given a second chance, he will carry out a large number of developmental projects that will transform the state.
“Haldwani is the economic capital of the state and I urge the people of the city to be ready for a big leap as we are going to usher in development of a higher level,” he said.
“I have spoken to managing director of the metro railways and asked him to conduct a survey for an integrated transport system between Gadarpur and Kathgodam.”
The government is setting up a hostel for sportswomen in Haldwani, said Rawat, adding that his government has launched a number of welfare schemes the girl-child and women.
“We are giving pension to the maximum number of people and if I am elected for a second term, I will bring more people under the pension scheme,” he said.
The Gaula River will be developed by the riverfront development authority and once the city is beautified, he said he will settle in Haldwani in his old age.
Rawat also announced that a cancer diagnostic centre and a dental college will be set up at the medical college.
State finance minister Indira Hridyesh, minister for medical education Dinesh Dhane and labour minister Harish Chandra Durgapal were also present on the occasion.