As a pre-poll offering to the people of Bihar, chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday laid foundation stones and launched works for a slew of schemes worth Rs 19,500 crore, promising that the state would touch new heights of development in days to come because of the good work done by his government in the past 10 years.
Kumar launched the ambitious schemes five days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Rs 1.25 lakh crore package at Ara.
“We will soon expose the truth behind the package announced by the Prime Minister,” Kumar said after launching several projects.
Hitting out at the Centre, Kumar said several ongoing projects worth crores were included in the special package announced by the PM last week.
“It is just repackaging of old projects and projects that would benefit other states were also included in the special package,” he said.
Reiterating his demand for special category status to Bihar, Kumar said he would continue to fight for the rights of the state.
“Anything less than special status will not help the state develop. The special category status will provide concessions and attract private investors on a large scale to set up industries that will generate employment for the youth. It will also speed up development in other sectors,” he said.
One of the major schemes launched by Kumar included a six-lane road bridge over the Ganga between Kachi Durgah and Bidupur running parallel to the existing Gandhi Setu.