Patna: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Thursday brushed aside the opposition's allegations on poor private investments in Bihar and claimed that the state had set a new record in private investments in cement and road sectors in Bihar.

Replying to a debate on the budget for financial year 2012-2013 in the assembly, Modi said there was virtually no (no) substance in the opposition's charge about poor private investments in Bihar.

In fact the state government had set a new record in securing private investments in road and cement sectors, he said.

He also claimed that heavy investments had been made in roads, industries and the tourism sector in Bihar.

Under the Public Private Partnership (PPP), he said, private companies alone had decided to invest 60 percent of the cost for road between Rajgir and Tajpur.

Similarly Rs 332 crore was being invested for Bakhtiyarpur-Tajpur road and Rs 619 crore for Ara-Mohaniya express in private sector in Bihar which was unprecedented in the state's history, Modi claimed.

Modi said the Kumar Manglam Birla's Ultratech was making an investment of Rs 500 crore, besides six other companies including Ambuja company have finalised investment for setting up cement factories by using fly ash.

For Ambuja a plot has been selected in Patna district for a factory, Modi said.

The state government's initiative for according status of an International airport to Bodhgaya airport had led to a heavy increase in the number of tourists in Bihar, the Deputy Chief Minister said.

Modi said between 2011 and 2012, more than 108 flights took off and landed in Bodh Gaya and 59785 tourists visited Bodh Gaya.

Modi, however, said that no (no) major capital investments were forthcoming in Bihar but small investments were taking place.

The Deputy Chief Minister said till January 2012 there were 1035 industrial units functional on the land of Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA) while 336 new units were still under construction.

After boosting the production of foodgrains, Modi said the crushing and production of sugarcane in Bihar had increased and 6.5 crore quintals sugar cane were expected to reach the sugar mills during 2011-12.

Modi further claimed that the right to service Act implemented by  government in Bihar was a historical decision under which the officials received 1.12 crore applications out of which 21 lakh was received for caste certificates, 12 lakh for income certificates, 8.51 lakh for land mutation, 8.25 lakh for pension and five lakh for character certificates.

Expressing his government's firm resolve on zero tolerance on corruption, Modi said the Bihar special code act 2009 had proved to be a model legislation being lauded by several quarters including states.

Modi further said sincere efforts were being made for eradication of poverty in Bihar.

He described the budget for 2012-2013 as development oriented which would also ensure socio-economic uplift of mahadalits, scheduled caste, scheduled tribes and other backwards in Bihar.

The budget has accorded top priorities to education, agriculture and energy sectors besides road construction and improving ultra modern medicare facilities in Bihar.