To connect Himachal through a rail network, three new rail projects are underway. In Una, the PM flagged off the inaugural run of new Vande Bharat Express from Amb Andaura, Una to New Delhi and inaugurated the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Una.
He also laid the foundation stone of the bulk drug park, which is coming up at Haroli in Una at a cost of over ₹1,900 crore. It will produce raw materials for medicine manufacturing and decrease India’s dependency on other nations. It will give further strength to the government’s campaign to provide quality and affordable medical care to people.
In Chamba, the PM launched the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)-III for upgrading 3,125 km of rural roads. He also laid foundation stones of two hydropower projects - the 48 MW Chanju-III hydro-electric project and the 30 MW Deothal Chanju hydro-electric project.
More than ₹420 crore has been sanctioned by the central government under this phase of the PMGSY-III for upgrading 440 km of rural roads in 15 border and far-flung blocks of the state.
The two hydropower projects will generate over 270 million units of electricity annually and Himachal Pradesh is expected to earn an annual revenue of around Rs 110 crore from these.