Govt to unlock bottlenecks in NE

Published on March 12, 2015 05:30:30 AM
PTI / Itanagar : Blaming poor connectivity for under-development of the North East, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the Centre was working in tandem with the states of the region to remove bottlenecks in development. Modi, who flagged off two trains and laid foundation of a power project, said "Arunachal Pradesh is getting both ‘gati’ (momentum) and ‘urja’ (energy)." 

Intercity Express was flagged off between Naharlagun and Guwahati besides dedicating to nation the 21.75 km long broad gauge railway track between Naharlagun in Arunachal and Harmuti in Assam. Foundation stone was laid for 132 KV power transmission and distribution system project. Itanagar Water Supply Project was also unveiled 
The projects being launched on Friday would boost connectivity and provide electricity which would in turn become strong weapons in the fight against poverty which can't be done on the basis of mere slogans, Modi said after formally bringing Arunachal in the railway map of the country. "Ministers and senior officers of the Centre are working in tandem with the North-East states to remove bottlenecks in development," he said. "India will grow if Arunachal grows," Modi said. 

The PM flagged off AC Express Train between Naharlagun and New Delhi and Intercity Express between Naharlagun and Guwahati besides dedicating to nation the 21.75 km long broad gauge railway track between Naharlagun in Arunachal and Harmuti in Assam’s Lakhimpur district. He also laid the foundation stone of a 132 KV power transmission and distribution system project and unveiled the Itanagar Water Supply project. 

Describing the new trains as a "special gift" to the people of the State on the occasion of 29th Statehood Day, Modi said that with the new train linking the State capital and the national capital, tourism industry would flourish enabling visitors from different parts of country. Referring to the immense hydel power potential of the state, the Prime Minister cited the examples of how Nepal and Bhutan were harnessing hydropower to transform their economy, and how Himachal Pradesh had done the same for country. 

He said Arunachal Pradesh could provide electricity to the entire country and called for development of the state's hydel potential, simultaneously giving proper compensation to people who get displaced by hydro projects. About bringing Arunachal on the rail map of the country, Modi said, "Railway is not only for communication but a medium of development." "To give a boost to the economic sector, railways play an important role as an engine of growth," he said adding railway would provide the required speed for the country and the transmission project would meet the energy requirements. 

He said the Centre had earmarked Rs 4,200 crore for the railway project in the state besides Rs 3,200 crore for the power transmission project. "I have a dream of providing 24-hour power to the people for which power have to be generated," Modi said. "The work is tough but nothing is impossible. You have entrusted me with the responsibility which will never go in vain," he said. 

‘Jai Hind common chant in Arunachal’ 
The Prime Minister said Arunachal is the only State in the country where people greet each other with "Jai Hind". "The tradition followed by people here is an inspiration for the entire country," the Prime Minister said complimenting the people for their patriotic nature and "zealously guarding" the easternmost frontier of the country. Modi, who was addressing the 29th Statehood Day celebration at Indira Gandhi Park here, was clad in traditional Nyishi attire of Byopa (head gear), Pomo (Jacket) and Zilang (Apatani shawl). 

He exhorted the people to keep the tradition alive. "Yesterday I was at Rajasthan, the westernmost part of the country and today I am in the eastern-most State...," Modi said referring to India's unity amid rich diversity. Wishing the citizens of the State on the occasion, the Prime Minister said, "The people of the State will witness more development works in the coming five years what you have not witnessed in the last 28 years.”