Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced a number of projects and laid foundation stone for many other development initiatives worth Rs 14,500 crore, including inauguration of new campus of IIT-Bhubaneswar at Argul. The campus was built at a cost of Rs 1,660 crore.
At the IIT Bhubaneswar campus at Argul, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the campus of Indian Institute of Science and Education Research (IISER) in Berhampur. This project is estimated to cost Rs 1,583 crore.
He also declared Buxi Jagabandhu chair (research laboratory) in Utkal University opened and dedicated new 100-bed upgraded ward of ESIC Hospital in Bhubaneswar to people of Odisha. He also inaugurated archaeological museum at Lalitgiri through video-conferencing.
Modi also released a postage stamp and a commemorative coin on the bicentenary of 1817 Paika Rebellion at IIT.
Besides this, Modi also laid the foundation stone of a gas pipeline from Paradip to Hyderabad at a projected cost of Rs 3,800 crore and another pipeline from Angul to Bokaro in Jharkhand at a projected cost of Rs 3,437 crore under the Urja Ganja Yojana.
The PM also laid the foundation stone of a six-lane stretch on the National Highway-16 at a cost of Rs 2,200 crore and four-lane stretch of National Highway-4 between Cuttack and Angul.
Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Ministers Jual Oram and Dharmendra Pradhan and Bhubaneswar MP Prasanna Patsani were also present.