Sunday, November 30, 2014

Meghalaya on Country’s Railway Map

30th November 2014
GUWAHATI:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday flagged off a passenger train from Mendipathar in Meghalaya to Assamese capital, following which Meghalaya found a place on the country’s railway map.
The train, which was flagged off at a function held at the Railway Stadium in Maligoan here, will cover a distance of 130 km. Modi also laid the foundation stone of a 51 km broad gauge railway line from Bhairabi-Sairang in Mizoram.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the NDA Government had accorded  top priority to the North-East’s overall development.“If we can develop the North-East, India will prosper. The region needs infrastructure for faster growth. If there is a better connectivity, the tourists will flock to the region. That’s why in our first Railway Budget, we allocated `28,000 crore for the North-East. The region will scale greater heights if there is better connectivity,” Modi said.
The PM cited how South Korea had developed as a nation by building a highway. “A single road had changed the fate of South Korea. The road had helped the country weed out poverty,” Modi said.
From the ‘Look East’ policy, India is advancing towards the ‘Act East’ policy, the PM pointed out.
Modi also said that if the North-East were to be connected to Myanmar and other countries via the rail link, the region would become an important place for trade and commerce.
“We want the Railways’ horizontal as well as vertical development. Horizontal means the Railways should reach every corner of the country. Vertical means upgrading services, technology, speed, facilities and saving time,” Modi said.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla also spoke on the occasion. “It is a historic day for the people of Meghalaya. It is a new milestone, for it has brought joy and hopes to the people in our state,” Sangma said.
Lal Thanhawla said, “It’s a red letter day for Mizoram. The people in the state are rejoicing.”


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