Meghalaya is all set to host Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is visiting Shillong on Saturday, to address a political rally of the BJP, thereby setting the tone for party's preparations for the upcoming Assembly polls.
Modi was in Mizoram to inaugurate the 60 MW Tuirial Hydro Electric Power Project (HEPP). "But that was not taken seriously" he said.
"The Government of India is executing 15 New Rail Line projects of 1,385 kilometers length, at a cost of over Rs 47,000 crore".
After inaugurating the 261-kilometre-long 2-Laning of Shillong-Nongstoin Section of NH 106 and Nongstoin- Rongjeng Section of NH 127-B, Modi said, "This road will serve as an east-west corridor. Our motto is "Transformation by transportation", he said.
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"There has been over 150 ministerial visits and our initiative- the Ministry for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) at your doorstep, has added impetus to the development of the Northeast".
The Prime Minister also said that during the tenure of Vajpayee, significant work was done for the development of the Northeast.
He also pointed out his government has sanctioned rail and road projects worth Rs. 79000 crore for the North East.
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Stating that the Union Government wants to make Meghalaya a top tourist destination, Modi pointed out that the Central Government had sanctioned around Rs 100 crores for development of tourism destinations in Meghalaya.
Tuirial Hydropower Project is the first major central government project to be successfully commissioned in Mizoram, Modi said, also adding that besides electricity the reservoir water will also open new avenues for navigation.
The BJP's agenda, Modi said, will be to ensure speedy and all-round development. The Union Government has sanctioned over 3800 kilometers of National Highway with an investment of Rupees 32000 crore during last three years, out of which almost 1200 kilometers of road has already been constructed.
Later in Shillong, Modi stressed on the need for better connectivity, through air, roads and rail network, for overall development of Meghalaya.
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