Ahead of the Telangana Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced the setting up of a Central Tribal University in Telangana, an assurance mentioned in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act.
After launching and inaugurating multiple development projects worth over Rs 13,500 crore in Telangana’s Mahabubnagar district, Modi also said the Center would set up a National Turmeric Board, which would immensely benefit turmeric farmers in Telangana and the country would come.
“Today, it is necessary to take initiative in a more professional way across the entire turmeric value chain, from production to export and research. The central government has decided to set up the National Turmeric Board in the interest of turmeric farmers, taking into account their needs and future opportunities,” Modi said.
The National Turmeric Board would help farmers across the supply chain, from value addition to infrastructure works, he said.
The Central Tribal University, to be set up in Mulugu district of Telangana, will be named after the tribal goddesses “Samakka and Sarakka” and the Center will spend Rs 900 crore on it, he said.
However, it is not clear where the proposed National Turmeric Council will be established.
The issues of setting up a tribal university and a turmeric board have been a bone of contention between the ruling BRS government and the BJP.
The formation of a turmeric council, a long-pending demand of turmeric farmers from Nizamabad, became a focal point during the election campaign of the past two Nizamabad Lok Sabha polls, with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K Kavitha losing to the D of the BJP. Arvind in 2019.
Arvind pointed out in the 2019 poll campaign that Kavitha had failed to meet the demand for setting up a turmeric board as promised in the 2014 polls. He had then ensured that it would be located in Nizamabad.
Meanwhile, Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone for several development projects and inaugurated other completed structures, worth a total of over Rs 13,500 crore, in Telangana’s Mahabubnagar district, where he later addressed a public meeting.
The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for major road projects that are part of the Nagpur-Vijayawada Economic Corridor, including the 108-km-long, four-lane access-controlled greenfield highway from Warangal to Khammam of NH-163G and the 90-km-long Greenfield Highway of Warangal to Khammam. long four-lane access-controlled greenfield highway from Khammam to Vijayawada section of NH-163G.
These roads will be constructed at a total cost of around Rs 6,400 crore, a press release said.
The Prime Minister also inaugurated the new four-lane, 59 km Suryapet to Khammam section of NH-365BB. Built at a cost of around Rs 2,460 crore, it is part of the Hyderabad-Visakhapatnam Corridor and is being developed under the Bharatmala Pariyojana.
He also inaugurated the 37 km stretch of the Jaklair-Krishna New Railway Line. The new railway section, built at a cost of over Rs 500 crore, brings areas of backward Narayanpet district onto the railway map for the first time.
The ‘Hassan-Cherlapalli LPG Pipeline’, constructed at a cost of around Rs 2,170 crore, was also inaugurated today. The LPG pipeline, from Hassan in Karnataka to Cherlapalli (suburb of Hyderabad), provides a safe, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly mode of LPG transportation and distribution in the region.
Moreover, Modi laid the foundation stone for Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd’s (BPCL) multi-product petroleum pipeline project from Krishnapatnam to Hyderabad (Malkapur). The 425-km pipeline will be constructed at a cost of Rs 1,940 crore.
Among the new structures inaugurated were five new buildings of Hyderabad University – School of Economics; School of Mathematics and Statistics; School of Management Studies; Lecture hall complex – III; and Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication (annex).
The Prime Minister also stopped the Hyderabad (Kacheguda)-Raichur-Hyderabad (Kacheguda) train service from Krishna station. The train service will connect Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Mahabubnagar and Narayanpet districts in Telangana with Raichur district in Karnataka.
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