Centre has 15 new rail projects for Northeast: Prime Minister Modi

PM Modi

Addressing a public meeting at the Assam Rifles ground here, Modi great sportspersons of the state including Olympian archer C Lalremsanga, boxer Jenny Lalremliani, weight lifter S Lalchhahimi and hockey player Lalruatfeli.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said his government is committed to the development of the North-East, adding that central schemes initiated for the benefit of the region have gained momentum.

This is Narendra Modi's first visit to Mizoram after becoming the prime minister. This is above Rs 32,000 cr that has already been sanctioned for building over 3,800 kilometers of national highway, of which almost 1200 kilometers of road has already been constructed in last three years.

"It (the road) will boost economic activity and establish a direct link between the important towns of the state, Shillong & Tura".

Besides power generation, the Tuirial project, which makes Mizoram the third power=surplus state in the region after Tripura and Sikkim, will also boost water navigation, pisciculture, tourism and water supply.

"There are many other prominent sports persons from Mizoram who have brought glory to the state and the country", he said. Travel time will be significantly reduced. "My government wants to do "Transformation by Transportation" through investment in infrastructure to change the face of the North Eastern region". He said, "See the record corruption in Meghalaya".

Taking a dig at state chief minister Mukul Sangma, he said, "The chief minister of Meghalaya is a doctor but what is the situation of the state's health sector?"

He also mentioned about the ignorance of the previous governments towards the northeast and that even after a northeast council was constituted in 1972, it was not taken seriously. In Meghalaya, there are scams in the meals being given to children.

"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", said the Prime Minister. "After Morarji Desai, if any Prime Minister took part in a meeting of North-eastern council, it was me. The Government of India has sanctioned around Rs 100 crore for development of tourist destinations in the State, he said".

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