Modi for better utilisation of railway lands

By SUSHANTA TALUKDAR  www.thehindu.com

Prime Minister Narenda Modi on Saturday said that his government has been giving priority in developing next-gen infrastructure, including setting up an optical fibre network in the North-east which, he said, will create huge job opportunities and prevent large-scale migration of youth from the region to other States in search of greener pastures.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flags off the first train from Mendipathar in North Garo Hills of Meghalaya to Guwahati, Assam, at the Maligaon Railway Stadium in Guwahati on Saturday. Photo: Special Arrangement

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flags off the first train from Mendipathar in North Garo Hills of Meghalaya to Guwahati, Assam, at the Maligaon Railway Stadium in Guwahati on Saturday. Photo: Special Arrangement

Mr. Modi, who arrived in Guwahati on a three-day visit to Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura, said this while addressing a public function held at the Railway Stadium, Maligaon, in which he pressed remote buttons to flag off the first passenger train from Mendipathar in Meghalaya’s North Garo Hills district to Guwahati and unveil the plaque of a foundation stone for a Broad Gauge railway line from Bhairibi to Sairang in Mizoram.

The Prime Minister, who drove straight to the venue immediately on his arrival at Lokapriya Gopinath Bardoloi international airport, said India now needs next-gen infrastructure – consisting of both highways and i-ways (information ways).

He said there should be no digital divide, and the vision of Digital India should also encompass the North-East and the people living on the hills of THE region should have equal access to information technology as those living in the national capital and other cities.

Why should there not be a gas-grid, why should we not get electricity for 24 hours, the Prime Minister asked, expressing confidence that next-gen infrastructure would be the key to building a modern India. More info

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