Naya Raipur, Nov 1: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday unveiled the 15-feet statue of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay in front of the Mantralaya in Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh. While speaking at the Chhattisgarh Foundation Day event today, Modi said that he is visiting the state during this auspicious festival of Diwali and said one should remember Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who gave the Chhattisgarh to people and the nation. Also Read - Chhattisgarh: Lockdown In Durg District Extended Till April 19 Amid Rising COVID Cases

Modi also dedicated the two-kilometer long ‘Ekatm Path’ constructed between Naya Raipur railway station and Capitol Complex . The Prime Minister, who is on a visit to Chhattisgarh on the state’s foundation day, inaugurated the Jungle Safari ark developed in an area of 320-hectares in Naya Raipur, the upcoming capital of the state. The state will also witness a major five-day festivity ‘Chhattisgarh Rajyotsav’ at the upcoming new capital of Chhattisgarh, Naya Raipur. Also Read - Chhattisgarh: Bodies Piled up at Hospital, on Floor by Dumpsters as COVID-19 Surge Grips Raipur

In his address, Modi said that the 3 states namely Chhattisgarh, Uttaranchal and Jharkhand were made in 2000 in a very peaceful and harmonious manner by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Modi also visited the Nandan Van Jungle Safari in Naya Raipur earlier today with Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh. “Was taken to the jungle safari by the CM. It is his pet project. I see a lot of scope for tourism in Chhattisgarh”, PM Modi said.

Naya Raipur is at the centre of attention as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Chhattisgarh will mark the state’s 16th foundation day. PM Modi is scheduled to launch the ‘Saur Sujala Yojana’, which aims to provide solar pumps to 51,000 farmers for irrigation in Chhattisgarh.

Modi said Chhattisgarh shows how a relatively smaller state can scale new heights of development; Its impact will benefit generations to come. In his address, he said Tourism is important because it gives economic opportunities to the poorest of the poor. Modi will also dedicate the state’s first man-made jungle safari and Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) at Naya Raipur today.