Delhi got the gift of modern infrastructure from the Centre: PM
New Delhi, 19 June (H.S.). Dedicating the main tunnel and five underpasses of the Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor project to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that today Delhi has received a beautiful gift of modern infrastructure from the Union Government.
Congratulating the people of Delhi-NCR, the Prime Minister said that this corridor is a part of the transformation of the Pragati Maidan exhibition area as per the requirements of the 21st century. The Prime Minister said that in the last 8 years, we have taken unprecedented steps to solve the problems of Delhi-NCR. In the last 8 years, the metro service has increased from 193 km to 400 km in Delhi-NCR.
He said that Pragati Maidan was built decades ago to showcase the progress of India, the potential of Indians, products of India, our culture. Since then India has changed, India’s capability has changed, needs have increased manifold, but Pragati Maidan has not progressed much. The Prime Minister said that the Government of India is working relentlessly to have state-of-the-art facilities, exhibition halls for world-class events in the capital of the country.
He said that it was not easy to prepare the Integrated Transit Corridor in such a short span of time. The roads around which this corridor is built is one of the busiest roads in Delhi. In such a situation, taking a dig at those who obstruct its construction work through the judiciary, the Prime Minister said that it is a new India that solves the problem.
This Integrated Transit Corridor project is an integral part of the Pragati Maidan redevelopment project. Fully funded by the central government, the project has been prepared at a cost of over Rs 920 crore. It aims to provide hassle-free and easy access to the new world class Exhibition and Convention Center being developed at Pragati Maidan, to facilitate easy participation of exhibitors and visitors to the events at Pragati Maidan.
The main tunnel connects Ring Road to India Gate via Purana Qila Road passing through Pragati Maidan. This six-lane divided tunnel serves multiple purposes, including access to Pragati Maidan’s spacious basement parking.