Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that Gorakhpur was entering a new phase of development with better medical facilities, more tourist influx and creation of job opportunities by inviting entrepreneurs to set up industrial units in this region.
He, however, said mere approval of projects would not ensure development as people’s cooperation and implementation by the administration were needed to take the state forward.
“Development cannot take place just by approving projects but needs implementation by the administration and cooperation of the people,” he said.
On his visit to Gorakhpur on Sunday, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stones of projects worth Rs 259.84 lakh and dedicated to people Rs 5270.03 lakh projects related to the development of Surajkund Temple and Gorakhpur district.
The Chief Minister said many development projects would come to Gorakhpur and a lot of employment would be generated.
He said the bio-fuel plant to be set up at Gorakhpur at a cost of Rs 1200 crore would help in industrialisation of the area and also provide employment to the youth and check their exodus.
Speaking on the medical facilities in Gorakhpur, he said that AIIMS-like facilities were being provided today in the BRD Medical College hospital which was on the verge of the closure 10 years ago.
“Today, adequate facilities are available in Gorakhpur to fight encephalitis. In addition to it, 38 districts are being provided medical facilities like Gorakhpur.
Referring to the development work being carried out in the region, Yogi Adityanath said that air service had been started from Gorakhpur for many big cities and an industrial corridor would come up on both sides of Purvanchal Expressway, so that people of the region do not have to migrate to other places in search of employment.
He said the fertiliser factory, which had been closed in 1990, was revived and would be operational by next year.
He also talked about development of Surajkund Dham, which had been waiting to be developed for decades.
“Around 22 years ago, when the water of Surajkund Dham dried up I arranged money for this temple’s restoration from the MP fund of my guru Brahmaleen Mahant Avaidyanathji,” he said, adding that the government funds would be utilised to develop Surajkund Dham as a tourist destination.
The Chief Minister directed the Tourism department to arrange space for theatre artistes to present public programs at Surajkund Dham.
“In order to keep the environment clean, everyone will have to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission and shun the use of plastic,” he said, adding that a large-scale campaign was being organised by the state government against the use of plastics.
Some of the projects launched on the Chief Minister’s visit include electric safety work in BRD Medical College, construction of RCC road in Veer Bahadur Singh Sports College, Gorakhpur-Pipraich-Kaptanganj road, construction of link road from Gajraj Tola to Shyama Tola at gram sabha Jungle Orahi.