PM lays foundation stone of water-supply project in Manipur via video conference -


Thursday, 23 July 2020

PM lays foundation stone of water-supply project in Manipur via video conference

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while laying the foundation stone for a Rs 3000-crore water supply project in Manipur through a video conference on Thursday said that, development works are in motion as the "country has neither halted nor is tired" while fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
"This program is an example that even in the midst of a pandemic crisis, the country has neither halted nor is tired. Till we have the vaccine, we will fight the war against Corona with full strength and earn our victory," PM Modi said.

The PM said, "Even as the country is fighting relentlessly against Covid-19, eastern and north-eastern parts are also having to face dual challenges of heavy rains and floods, which have cost many lives and rendered many homeless."
PM Modi reiterated that the "northeast should become the growth engine of the country" and harped on improving connectivity. "Better life is also directly linked to connectivity. The connectivity of northeast is essential for a secure and sure Atmanirbhar Bharat. This would give a fillip to India’s Act East Policy and it would also provide a gateway to country’s travel and tourism sector."

He said modern infrastructure is being developed in the northeast along with roadways, highways, airways, waterways and i-ways as well as gas pipelines. "In the last six years, thousands of crores of rupees have been invested in the development of infrastructure in the entire northeast. Efforts have been made to connect the four capitals of the northeast states, two-lane roads to the district headquarters and all weather roads to the villages. To achieve this, about 3,000 kilometers of roads have been laid and projects are being implemented to lay another 60,000 kilometres of roads."

He said there is a huge improvement in the area of rail connectivity in the northeast with projects to build new railway stations and convert the existing rail network into broad guage. "Apart from roads and railways, the air connectivity of northeast is equally important. Today there are about 13 operational airports in the North East. More than RS 3000 crores is being spent to modernise the existing airports in the northeast, including Imphal airport," he said. He referred to the more than 20 national waterways including the ones in the northeast, which would provide a seamless connectivity.

"The northeast is representative of India’s cultural diversity and cultural strength. There is great tourism potential, which still remains unexplored. The north east should become the growth engine of country," he said. "Today the youth and people of northeast are opting for development and progress and shunning violence. Blockades in Manipur are now a part of history. People in Assam, Tripura and Mizoram have now abandoned the path of violence. The Bru- Reang refugees are moving towards a better life," he said. He referred to great potential of bamboo industry of the north east and its capacity to develop organic products for value addition and marketing of local products under the AatmaNirbhar Bharat campaign.

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