Itanagar | ‘Today is the historical day for Arunachal Pradesh when the state has launched three major projects that not only fulfil people’s long awaited demands, but will help the state to remove its backwardness and a major step for its sustainable development’, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a public rally held at I G Park here.
Attending the function on the occasion of 29th Statehood Day celebration of the state, the Prime Minister said the people of the state today gets three vital basic facilities – Rail connectivity, safe drinking water and also made a positive move for power supply to its denizens.
Modi appeared on the stage be wearing traditional Apatani shawl (Zilling), a Nyishi jacket (Pomo), Mishing headgear (Byopa) and a traditional Mishmi bag with amid cheers of the audience.
Earlier, Modi flagged off Arunachal – Delhi AC Express through remote signalling system, inaugurated Rs 115 crore Itanagar-Water-Supply Project and laid the foundation stone of 132KV Power Transmission Line with thunders of applause of the gathering.
The Union Railway Ministry has introduced two express trains – Arunachal – Delhi AC train service and Naharlogun – Guwahati Inter-City services. Both the trains will run from Naharlogun and will be culminated its ultimate destinations. ‘It was the commitment from my government to remove connectivity bottleneck of the NE region. Due to that the region is remained backward considering in terms of development’, the Prime Minister said, adding, therefore, as much as connectivity will be created the backwardness will be removed automatically. Terming Railway as the backbone, he said ‘It makes me proud to launching three important projects and since this day the state gets, speed, development and potable waters. All are the basic needs for the development’, he said.
The 21.75 km long broad-gauge railway stretch is the part of PM’s special economic packages of Rs 38,000 crore announced by then visiting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2008. The approximate cost of Rs.4200 crore rail project had introduced first train in April last year; however, the services remained suspended following security reasons.
The train services have been operational from today after taking all initiatives on security grounds. ‘Connectivity is the prime concern area for the development. Which cities those are well connected through rail and roads linkages that areas rapidly developed and the local people were economically benefitted’, he said.
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