Jagdalpur, Jun 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a one-day visit to Chhattisgarh on Thursday and inaugurate the modernised and expanded Bhilai steel plant. He will also lay the foundation stone of a permanent IIT-Bhilai campus and unveil a plaque to mark the launch of the Phase-2 of BharatNet. PM Modi will also inaugurate newly-constructed Jagdalpur Airport in Bastar via video conferencing. This will be his second visit to the poll-bound state in the last two months.

The Prime Minister is expected to arrive at Raipur Airport around 10.40 AM. He will inaugurate Integrated Control and Command Centre in Naya Raipur at 10.55 AM. After this, PM Modi will leave for Bhilai where he is scheduled to inaugurate the expanded Bhilai Steel Plant. At around 12.30 PM, he will be addressing public at Jayanti Stadium which is expected to boost BJP’s position in the state ahead of the Assembly elections likely to be held by year-end. He will leave for Delhi around 3 PM.

Briefing about PM Modi’s schedule in Chhattisgarh on Thursday, a PMO release earlier said, “By updating the steel plant with latest technologies, an improvement in the level of productivity, yield, quality, cost competitiveness, energy efficiency and environmental protection is expected.”

It also stated that PM Modi will initiate air services between Jagdalpur and Raipur. Visually impaired student Guruwari will be on-board the 1st flight taking off from Jagdalpur. Speaking to ANI, she said, “Elated that I will travel by a plane, never even dreamed of it.”

Apart from this, beneficiaries under various schemes will receive laptops, certificates and cheques from the Prime Minister.

Through Integrated Control and Command Centre in Naya Raipur, water supply, power supply, sanitation, traffic movement, integrated building management, city connectivity and internet infrastructure (data centre) will be carried out. It will be managed through GIS platform, where the residents can register their complaints regarding service dysfunction through helpline numbers.

“All the senior leaders of the party from across the state have been called for this event,” said Chhattisgarh BJP spokesperson Sacchinand Upasane. He added, “Since BJP president Amit Shah ji has given us the target of 65 plus seats in the state, Modi ji’s visit will help us accelerate the election campaign.”