RAIPUR: In order to fuel the development process in tribal-dominated Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, an MoU for two mega projects will be inked during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the state on May 9.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will gift two major projects to tribal-dominated Bastar region during his visit to Chhattisgarh on May 9," an official statement issued here said today.
The two projects are - one of setting up of an ultra-mega steel plant at village Dilmili in naxal-sensitive Dantewada and another, extension of second phase of Rowghat-Jagdalpur 140 km railway line.
Both the projects will come up in insurgency-hit areas and the state government officials claim the projects would accelerate the pace of development in vastly-populated tribal regions.
The total investment on the two major projects will be around Rs 24,000 crore and it would help in a rapid socio-economic transformation of sprawling Bastar, it said.
Dallirajhara-Rowghat-Jagdalpur broad-gauge railway project will cover a length of 235 km.
The laying of railway line of 95 km in the first phase from Dallirajhara to Rowghat is currently underway at a rapid pace.
An MoU on the second phase Rowghat-Jagdalpur line was signed earlier but it was shelved due to lack of funds.
Now, the Centre has given consent to the state's proposal to lay the railway line through SPV (special purpose vehicle) and a fresh MoU will be inked on May 9, the statement said.