Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared somewhat of a wish-granting tree on Thursday, promising Jharkhand a bouquet of industrial and educational projects, including a branch of a premier IT institution and “many” engineering colleges.
With an eye on the upcoming state assembly polls, Modi delivered a speech woven of dreams and development that included talk of bringing out the best of the state and making it count among the developed regions in the country.
“Jharkhand is not in good shape, we have to work together to improve its lot," Modi said as the crowds lustily cheered his comments.
“Jharkhand has potential to become a prosperous state; we have to utilize the potential of each human being.”
Modi then went on to enumerate a long list of projects he planned for the state, including a branch of the Indian Institute of Information Technology.
Earlier, he inaugurated the 765 kV grid and transmission line of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) by pressing a button and then a bulk terminal of the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOC) at Jasidih in Deoghar district.
The 765kV PGCIL grid and its 382-km Ranchi-Dharamjaygarh-Sipat transmission line will help evacuate power (2500 to 3000 MW) from one region to another. It is connected to the National Grid. The project cost `160 crore and is expected to ease the state’s power woes.
The IOC terminal was conceived by the NDA government led by former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, but the project stayed in limbo for 11 years for want of land. The `109-crore project, which will come up on 26-acre land, will receive finished petroleum products directly through the Halida-Barauni cross-country pipelines.
The terminal that will have the storage capacity of 31,600 kilolitres will handle petrol, diesel, and kerosene supplies to the markets of Bokaro, Dhanbad, Giridih, Deoghar, Jamtara, Godda, Dumka, Pakur and Sahebganj.
Modi also laid the foundation of an incubation centre of the Software Technology Park of India (STPI), Ranchi, and a centre of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) that will come up in the state capital.
The NIELIT centre, the 31st in the country, will be the first in Jharkhand to impart IT education that will award B Tech/M Tech and BCA/MCA degrees.
Modi also gave the green signal to the 3x660 MW National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) North Karanpura project in Tandwa. Vajpayee had laid the foundation of the project in 1999 but it was shelved after the Union coal ministry locked horns with the power ministry, saying building the project there would block some good quality thermal grade coal.
The matter was resolved in 2013 and the UPA government had cleared the Tandwa project again.
· 765kV PGCIL grid; 382 km Ranchi-Dharamjaygarh-Sipat transmission line built at the cost of `160 crore connected to national grid. It would easily transfer bulk power from one region to the other
· IOC bulk storage terminal: The `109-crore project on 26-acre land at Jasidih will store petroleum products and will be environment friendly using vapour recovery technology
· Incubation facility at Ranchi software technology park to give boost to the IT sector. The `14-crore project on 22,000 sq feet area will be completed soon
· National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT). It would be the first centre in Jharkhand (31st in the country) to impart information technology education that would give B Tech/M Tech; BCA/MCA degrees.
· Re-working of the 6x660 MW NTPC plant at Tandwa in Chatra. The foundation laid by former PM AB Vajpayee was lingering for 15 years