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On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the country’s fourth Vande Bharat Express train and launch a series of development projects in Himachal Pradesh.

In Una, the Prime Minister will launch the inaugural launch of Amb Andaura’s new Vande Bharat Express in New Delhi, dedicate the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) to the nation and lay the foundation stone for a Bulk Drug Park.

In Chamba district, it will lay the foundation stones for two hydropower projects and launch the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana-III in Himachal Pradesh. He will also speak at two public meetings in Una and Chamba.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said it would be Modi’s ninth visit to the state in the past five years.

Himachal Pradesh will go to the polls later this year.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Mr Modi said: “I will be among the people of Himachal Pradesh tomorrow, October 13. Looking forward to the programs in Una and Chamba where many development works will be inaugurated which aim to increase the pace of progress in the state.”

“You would be happy to know that the Vande Bharat Express will be flagged. IIIT, Una will also be dedicated to the nation. The foundation stone of a Bulk Drug Park will be laid. These works will give wings to people’s aspirations.”

“In Chamba, the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana-III in Himachal Pradesh would be launched. This will increase the road network across the state. Tourism and economic activities will also resume through this. will also be asked,” he said.

The Vande Bharat train which will be reported by Mr Modi is an advanced version compared to the previous ones, being much lighter and capable of reaching higher speed in a shorter duration, officials said.

The train will run six days a week except Wednesdays, with stops at Ambala, Chandigarh, Anandpur Sahib and Una. It accelerates to 100 km/h in just 52 seconds. The introduction of the train will help boost tourism in the region and provide a comfortable and faster mode of travel.

Mr. Modi will also dedicate IIIT Una to the nation, of which he laid the foundation stone in 2017. Currently, more than 530 students are studying at this institute.

The Bulk Drug Park in Una for which he will lay the foundation stone will be built at a cost of over Rs 1900 crore. The park will help reduce dependency on API imports.

It is expected to attract investments of around Rs. 10,000 crore and provide employment for over 20,000 people. It will also give a boost to economic activities in the region, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

After that, in a public ceremony in Chamba, Mr. Modi will lay the foundation stone for the 48MW Chanju-III hydropower project and the 30MW Deothal Chanju hydropower project which will generate more than 270 million units of electricity per year. Himachal Pradesh is expected to derive annual revenues of around Rs 110 crore from these projects.

The Prime Minister will also launch Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY)-III in the state for the upgrading of about 3125 km of roads. Over Rs 420 crore has been sanctioned by the Center under this phase for upgrading 440 km of roads in 15 border and remote blocks of the state.