Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Modi pledges fast track development for Meghalaya through improved connectivity

Modi pledges fast track development for Meghalaya through improved connectivity

The prime minister said, in Shillong, he will inaugurate the Shillong-Nongstoin-Rongjeng-Tura Road.

The Prime Minister is on a visit to Mizoram and Meghalaya ahead of elections in both the states next year.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 60 MW Tuirial hydropower project in Mizoram's Aizawl.

Modi, who travelled nearly 30,000 kilometers during the recently concluded Gujarat election campaign, and party president Amit Shah have focused on the seven northeastern states, where the BJP has traditionally been a fringe player.

Adding that the project would provide eco-tourism and proper drinking water to the people of the state, PM Modi added that the vision of New India can be realized only if fruits of development reach all.

"The high literacy rate, scenic beauty and availability of large English-speaking population in Mizoram make for a ideal blend to develop the state as a model tourist destination", said the Prime Minister. Two of the other four states are ruled by the Congress. Meghalaya is scheduled to hold elections in the first half and Mizoram in the second half of 2018.

In his first visit to Mizoram since assuming office, Modi dedicated the 60MW Tuirial hydropower project to the nation and addressed the public at the Assam Rifles ground at Aizawl. The project was first declared and cleared by the Union Government of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, way back in 1998, but got delayed. Our initiative - the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) at your doorstep has added impetus to the development of the Northeast.

He added that the Union Government has been proactively following the "Act East Policy". "When our ministers come to this state, they stay here to talk to the people directly about their issues and needs", he said, adding that his government is making efforts to lessen the injustice done to North East all these years. The soft power of football can become Mizoram's global identity, the Prime Minister said.

Modi also stated that in the next 2-3 years, road projects with an investment of over Rs 60000 crores had been proposed under the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme in the region besides Rs 30000 crores would be given for the development of National Highways in the region under the Bharatmala Project. We also aim to develop a state-of-art transmission system which ensures that surplus power is transferred to other power deficient parts of the country. "It can emerge as a key transit point for trade with Myanmar and Bangladesh". The project will improve connectivity and further economic growth. The high literacy rate, scenic beauty and availability of large English speaking population in Mizoram make for a flawless blend to develop the State as a model tourist destination.

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