Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for ₹7,800 crore projects in West Bengal, chair the second meeting of the National Ganga Council, and flag off the Howrah-New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express on Friday.
In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office described the Kolkata meeting as another step to strengthen cooperative federalism. He added that Union Minister Jal shakti and Chief Ministers of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and West Bengal will be among those attending.
The Board is responsible for overseeing pollution prevention and rejuvenation of the Ganga and its tributaries.
The new Vande Bharat Express Modi, which will be flagged off, will reduce the travel time from Howrah to New Jalpaiguri by three hours. The semi-high-speed train has modern passenger amenities and is likely to boost tourism in North Bengal, Dooars, and Sikkim. It will also inaugurate the Joka-Taratala section of the Kolkata Metro.
Modi will pay tribute to freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose and inaugurate the Syama Prasad Mookerjee National Institute of Water and Sanitation. As part of the National Clean Ganga Mission, seven projects will be launched to increase sewage treatment capacity in West Bengal.