Imphal: Inaugurating 13 Projects worth over Rs 1,850 crore and laying the foundation stone of nine projects worth around Rs 2,950 crore in Manipur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a rally on Tuesday said that the Northeast is all set to become the “new gate of development” for the country.
PM Modi said, “The Northeast, where Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s army hoisted the flag for the first time calling it the gateway to India’s independence, is now becoming the gateway to fulfil the dreams of New India.”
PM Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of several developmental projects here today.
The PM launched projects spanning across sectors such as road infrastructure, drinking water supply, health, urban development, IT and more.
After launching the development projects, PM Modi said that the Northeastern states will become major drivers of India’s growth in the upcoming years with Manipur as the main source of the country’s growth trajectory.
PM Modi said as Manipur will be completing 50 years of statehood on January 21, the state “will become the main source of India’s growth trajectory and will stretch its potential to other parts of India via enhanced road connectivity and infrastructure projects.”
Taking a swipe at previous central governments for ignoring northeast and Manipur, Modi said, “Those who ran previous governments in Delhi neglected Manipur resulting in alienation of people. There was a time when Manipur was left to be on its own. I came to Manipur multiple times before I became the PM. I knew the pain in your hearts. So, after 2014, I brought the entire Govt of India to your doorstep.”
He also laid the foundation stone of construction of five National Highway Projects to be built at a cost of more than Rs 1,700 crore, with a cumulative length of more than 110 km.