Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a daylong visit to Odisha on Monday to launch a number of projects and lay foundation stone for many other development initiatives worth Rs 14,500 crore.
Modi will first inaugurate the campus of IIT-Bhubaneswar at Argul. The campus has been built at a cost of Rs 1,660 crore. Then Modi will also lay 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. Modi will arrive at the Bhubaneswar airport at 1.05 pm.
At the IIT Bhubaneswar campus, the Prime Minister will release a commemorative stamp and coin on the Paika Rebellion. The Paika Rebellion (Paika Bidroha) was fought against British rule, in Odisha in 1817. During the event, he will also make an announcement about the setting up of a Chair on the Paika Rebellion, in Utkal University, Bhubaneswar.
Besides this, the Prime Minister will also lay 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.
He will also inaugurate a new 50-bed ward of the ESI Hospital in Bhubaneswar and lay the foundation stone for the upgradation of the old 50-bed ward of the hospital.
Modi will also lay 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.
He will also inaugurate an archaeological museum at Lalitgiri, which is one of the earliest Buddhist settlements in Odisha situated 120 km north of Bhubaneswar in Cuttack district. Lalitgiri is a famous Buddhist centre of archaeological importance, comprising Stupa, Viharas (monasteries) and images of Lord Buddha.
Later the Prime Minister will address a public rally at Gosala Padia on the foothills of historic Barunei Hills.