Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Champaran district of Bihar to join the centenary celebrations of the Mahatma Gandhi Satyagraha with a motto of promoting the Clean India mission while addressing about 20,000 Swacchagrahis or cleanliness ambassadors; and will also flag off India’s first all-electric high-speed locomotive, today.
On the occassion of centenary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi Satyagraha in Champaran district of Bihar, PM Modi has arrived to the city but with different motto targeting the present day problem with Clean India mission. The Prime Minister has dubbed the occasion as a celebration of his Clean India mission, calling terming the ‘Satyagrah se Swachhagrah’ campaign. During this event, PM Modi will be addressing nearly 20,000 Swachhagrahis who are foot soldiers and motivators to implement the Community Approaches to Sanitation at the village level in the town of Motihari. Modi will also accord 10 Swachhagrahis who have performed outstandingly in cleaning villages.
Another highlight of Modi’s Bihar visit will that he will flag off India’s first-ever all-electric high-speed locomotive train which has been developed in India by Madhepura’s Electric Locomotive Factory. The high-speed train is India’s first big leap and first train under the benchmark Make-in-India project completed by Alstom of France. The electric train has a 12,000 horsepower engine, will have a maximum speed of 120 km per hour – and will be the first of 40 such trains which are expected to roll out by 2020. These all-electric locomotives will aim to bring down operating costs for the Railways and also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition to the all-electric superfast train, PM Modi is also likely to flag off a new bi-weekly train, Humsafar Express, connecting Katihar in Bihar to New Delhi. And that’s not it, Modi is expected to launch the electrification work on the Motihari-Muzaffarpur rail line, and the doubling of Muzaffarpur-Narkatiyaganj railway track. PM Modi will also unveil several development projects on this occasion, including four big-ticket sewerage projects in Patna. Together, the plants will create a sewage-treatment capacity of 60 million litres daily under Clean Ganga programme, Namami Gange.