Surat, September 29: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone and dedicated various projects worth more than Rs 3,400 crores in Gujarat's Surat. He is on a two-day visit to the state where he will inaugurate the 36th National Games which are being held for the first time in the state.
A massive crowd greeted the Prime Minister as he arrived in Surat.
"After the formation of the double engine government in Gujarat, the construction of houses has also accelerated and other facilities are also being provided to the poor and middle class in Surat. Under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, about 4 crore poor patients have got free treatment so far in the country," PM Modi said.
More than 4 crore people have got free medical treatment under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme in India. Of these 32 lakh are from Gujarat and 1.25 lakh from Surat, PM Modi said.
Ahead of his Gujarat trip, PM Modi on Wednesday shared pictures of a drone show in Ahmedabad on Twitter. The Ahmedabad night sky lighted up to prepare for the National Games opening.
Addressing a rally, he said, "It's my privilege to lay the foundation stone for infrastructure, sports & spiritual destinations in Gujarat during the ongoing celebrations of Navratri. Surat is a great example of 'Jan Bhagidari' and unity. People from across India live in Surat. It's mini-India."
I am delighted to be in the dynamic city of Surat where multiple development works are being dedicated. Surat is a symbol of togetherness," the prime minister said.
The PM is scheduled to visit Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Bhavnagar, and Ambaji on Thursday and Friday, where he will either lay foundation stones for development projects or dedicate them to the public.