PM announces Rs 28,000 cr for new rail projects in Northeast

PM announces Rs 28,000 cr for new rail projects in Northeast

Focusing on improving connectivity to the Northeast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the Centre would provide Rs 28,000 crore for laying new railway lines in the region and develop the "untapped" tourism potential of the area.

The Prime Minister also said that the Centre has sanctioned Rs 5000 crore to provide 2G mobile coverage in this area for comprehensive telecom development plan of the northeast region.

"So many tourists are coming here from other parts of the country and abroad. This is the best destination for tourists. But for that we require connectivity. Unless we have road connectivity, rail connectivity, air connectivity, it is very difficult to develop tourism.

"That is why for the development of this area and for the development of tourism, Rs 28,000 crore will be provided for a new railway-line project and 14 new railway lines", he said inaugurating Nagaland's biggest annual Hornbill festival here.

"I believe that the Hornbill Festival will improve the tourism sector in Nagaland and the people of India will be the beneficiary," he said.

As energy is a lifeline for development, Rs 5000 crore has been sanctioned for the northeastern region power system improvement project for six states, including Nagaland, the Prime Minister said.

"Our goal is 24X7, 365 days power supply and to achieve that we are focusing on the northeastern states.

"Nowadays the infrastructure meaning has totally changed. Besides road and rail connectivity, we require digital connectivity. Internet connectivity is most required. Now the youth cannot stay without mobile phones, without Internet," he said. Nagaland is struggling with connectivity facilities especially in broadband services for which the MPs appealed to improve the sector.

Other proposals and suggestions put forth by the two Naga MPs include Foothill road, Train connectivity, Airport and Air Connectivity, Eastern Nagaland package and grant for salary shortfall.

The two MPs also highlighted that the historic three-day visit of the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is still fondly remembered by the Naga people.
Unfortunately, the Naga MPs maintained that Vajpayee’s seriousness towards the peace process and his economic package could not be fully realised by subsequent governments at the Centre.

Most significantly, his announcement of a four lane highway between Kohima and Dimapur and a thermal power plant in Dimapur remains unrealized till today, they said.

The Naga MPs also expressed confidence that Modi’s visit will be historic and path breaking.

Prime Minister is scheduled to arrive Nagaland on November 30 to inaugurate the much hyped Hornbill Festival of State on December 1 at Kisama, 12 kms away from the State Capital, Kohima.

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