Prime Minister Modi vows to make NE development gateway of ‘new India’

Prime Minister Modi vows to make NE development gateway of ‘new India’
PM Narendra Modi in Imphal to inaugurate eight projects and to lay foundation stones for four projects on Friday.
Correspondent/Agencies IMPHAL, JAN 4 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 1/4/2019 12:15:39 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday reiterated the BJP-led Government’s commitment to further spur the development of the North East making it the gateway of development of the ‘new India’.

North East the region must be the gateway “new India’s growth story, the Prime Minister asserted.

He explained how better road, rail and air connectivity was being provided to the region, with the overall vision of “Transformation through Transportation.”

Addressing a public rally at Hapta Kangjeibung ground in Imphal, Modi said, “Northeast which was termed the gateway to country’s Independence by Netaji, the BJP government is striving to make it the new gateway of development of the country.”

Asserting that the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre was giving special focus to development of the North Eastern region, Modi claimed that around 1,500 km of national highways had been added in the region in the last four years, out of which 300 km of NH had been added in Manipur.

Modi inaugurated eight projects including Integrated Check Post at Moreh and Dolaithabi Barrage Project at Maraori area besides laying foundation for five projects including two flood lighting systems at Khuman Lampak sports complex during a public meeting in Imphal on Friday.

The other newly inaugurated projects are FCI Food storage godown at Sawombung in Imphal East district, Buffer water reservoir at Shirui village in Ukhrul district, Improvement and upgradation of water supply for Churachandpur zone II in Churachandpur district, Eco-tourism complex at Thangal Surung in Kangpokpi district, Integrated Tourist destination at Tupul in Noney district and Water supply scheme at JNV Lambui in Ukhrul district.

Modi who was here for about one and half hour, also laid the foundation for infrastructure development of Dhanamanjuri University, Imphal and Astro turf football field in Imphal West district besides dedicating 400 KV double circuit Silchar-Imphal.

Rebels’ shutdown calls greet PM in Manipur: The total shutdown calls given by rebel groups not only greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but also severely hit normal life in Imphal on Friday.

Almost all the important streets in the twin Imphal districts and other valley districts wore a deserted look as all kinds of vehicles including commercial and private stayed off the roads during the shutdown hours.

Fuel retail outlets in and around the capital were also not functional for the day. Educational institutions, both private and government schools and colleges also remained closed.

Even though the state government issued an order to ensure government employees attending their respective offices, most of the offices wore deserted look, which might be due to another order asking the employees to ensure presence at Hapta Kangjeibung where Prime Minister was to inaugurate and lay foundation stones for various projects.

However, the turnout of people at the function venue witnessed low compared to the estimated strength.

To boycott the visit of the Prime Minister, Coordination Committee (CorCom), a conglomerate of seven major rebel outfits and United People’s Revolutionary Front of Manipur (UPRFM), another umbrella body of some militant factions gave separate total shutdown calls in the state on Friday.

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