Modi Lays Foundation Stone For Rs 1,800-Cr PMAY Project In Solapur
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to Maharashtra’s Solapur on January 9, announced various infrastructure and housing projects worth Rs 3,168 crore. The projects are aimed at providing better liveability, infrastructure, connectivity and housing options for the residents of the city.
The housing project would be constructed at a cost of Rs 1,811.33 crore. While the Centre will provide an assistance of Rs 750 crore, the remaining amount will be invested by the state government. Under this project, over 30,000 homes will be built for the low-income group and economically-weaker section categories. According to a media release, these houses will benefit the homeless poor such as rag pickers, rickshaw pullers, textile and beedi workers.
To provide better connectivity to and from the city, the PM will also commission the four-lane Solapur-Tuljapur-Osmanabad section on the National Highway-211. This project will be constructed by IRB Infra for an estimated cost of Rs 972.50 crore. Once completed, the new section will provide better connectivity for those traveling between Solapur and Marathawada region of Maharashtra.
On the other hand, to begin work on the Solapur Smart City project, Modi will lay the foundation stone for water supply and sewerage system as part of the area-based development. Under this project, drinking water will be supplied from the Ujani dam to the city and will be disseminated through an underground sewerage system. This Rs 244-crore project is expected to bring about significant improvements in service delivery.
Solapur, a city spread in an area of 300 sq km with a population of nearly one million, was among the first 20 cities to be selected as a smart city in 2017. Modi had visited Solapur in 2014, when he had laid the foundation stone for the four-laning of the Maharashtra-Karnataka border section of the National Highway-9. He had also commissioned the 765-kV Solapur-Raichur power transmission line then.