Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that modern sewage treatment plants are being developed across India keeping in mind the requirements of the future.
Modi was speaking while launching the Vande Bharat Express, connecting Howrah to New Jalpaiguri via video conferencing on Friday.
The prime minister said the Central government is focussing on creating a large number of modern sewage treatment plants. This is being done keeping in mind the requirements of the next 10-15 years, he said.
"Over 25 sewage projects have been approved in West Bengal under the Namami Gange Scheme. Out of which 11 projects are already completed and seven are being completed today," Modi said at the occasion.
Regarding projects pertaining to the cleanliness of the Ganga and drinking water to West Bengal, he said work on five new schemes with an outlay of Rs 1,500 crore is starting on Friday.
Modi said one of the key projects i.e. Adi Ganga project for cleaning of which infrastructure worth Rs 600 crore is being established.
After flagging off the new high speed train, the Prime Minister inaugurated the Joka-Taratala Stretch of the Joka-Esplanade Metro Project (Purple Line).
Modi also dedicated four railway projects to the nation including Boinchi - Shaktigarh 3rd Line, Dankuni - Chandanpur 4th Line Project, Nimtita - New Farakka Double Line and Ambari Falakata - New Maynaguri - Gumanihat Doubling Project.
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for the redevelopment of the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station.
India has resolved to start 475 Vande Bharat trains during the celebrations of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and the train being flagged off from Howrah to New Jalpaiguri is one of them.
Mentioning multiple projects whose foundation stones are being laid and inaugurated today, the Prime Minister said that the government is spending approximately Rs 5,000 crore for the completion of these projects.