PM visits Agra

PM Visits Agra

Question: Which of the following project is launched by PM Narendra Modi for better water supply in Agra?
(a) Yamuna
(b) Ganga
(c) Gangajal
(d) None of the above
Answer: (c)
Related facts:

  • The Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on visit of Agra on 9 January where he laid foundation and inauguration of various projects. With an estimated cost of Rs. 2,880 crores, Prime Minister launched Gangajal Project.

Gangajal Project

  • It was originally launched in 2005 in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency with expected completion year by 2012.
  • The initial cost of the project was Rs. 345 crores which came upto Rs. 2,880 crores after failing several deadlines.
  • With this project, Agra will get 140 ceusec of water per day from Palra headworks in Bulandshahr’s Upper Ganga canal. Mathura and Vrindavan will also receive water through these pipelines.

Other inaugurations:

  • Prime Minister also laid foundation of Integrated Command and Control Centre for Agra Smart City. This project which costs around Rs. 285 crores will develop Agra into a modern smart city, befitting its stature as a premium tourist destination. CCTVs for the purpose of safety and surveillance will be installed throughout Agra city by this project.
  • Foundational stone for the upgradation of SN Medical College in Agra was also laid by PM which will create 100 bed maternity wing in the Women’s hospital with an estimated cost of Rs. 200 crores under Ayushman Bharat Yojana.
  • Under AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) scheme, the foundation stone of sewerage network project for the western part of Agra was also laid. This will lead to improved sanitation facility in over 50,000 houses.
  • Prime Minister also addressed a rally in Kothi Meena Bazaar in Agra.

Links:
http://pib.nic.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1559287
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/complete-gangajal-project-by-january-2018-agra-divisional-commissioner/articleshow/58703769.cms

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