Tribune News Service
Mandi, December 27
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday attended the ground breaking ceremony for 287 investment projects worth over Rs 28,197 crores in Mandi to mark the fourth anniversary of the Jai Ram Thakur-led BJP government in the state.
Donning a long woollen coat and hand gloves amidst chilly weather, Modi presided over the second groundbreaking ceremony of the Himachal Pradesh Global Investors’ Meet that is expected to give a boost to investment in the region through the start of projects worth around Rs 28,000 crore.
The first groundbreaking ceremony was held in the state capital in December 2019 amid the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. A total of nearly 100 investors were present on the occasion.
Chief Minister Jairam Thakur welcomed the Prime Minister by offering a Himachali cap and a shawl. A traditional artifact of Chamba made on silver was presented to Modi, who was accompanying his Cabinet minister Anurag Thakur, who belongs to the state.
Amidst recitation of Sanskrit ‘shlokas’, the events also marked the completion of the four years of the BJP government.
Addressing the gathering, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur said it was the vision of PM Modi who made the completion of Rohtang Atal tunnel and construction of roads and rail network in Himachal Pradesh possible.
Jai Ram Thakur said Himachal was blessed to have received special love, affection and help from PM Modi who considers HP his home.
“You are familiar with not just every nook and corner of the state, but you know majority of the party leaders and workers by name,” said Thakur.
Mandi is known as “Chotti Kashi” while you represent Kashi, which now stands transformed. He said that he too was trying to develop Himachal and rest of the state from tourism point of view.
“We are implementing Shiv Dham project here in Mandi to promote tourism and rich culture of the state,” he said.