Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday that India should reduce petrol imports by 2022 when India mark 75 years of freedom, In order to achieve this, state of the art mass transit systems are the need of the hour, he said after inaugurating Magenta line of Delhi Metro in Noida.
At the outset, he conveyed his greetings on the occasion of Christmas, saying the country today marks the birthdays of two Bharat Ratnas, one is Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya and the second, Atal Ji. He thanked Uttar Pradesh for contributing to a strong and stable Government. "I will always remain grateful to UP for their affection," he said.
He urged people to change their mindsets towards nation building. "Governance cannot happen when the dominant thought process begins at 'Mera Kya' and ends at 'Mujhe Kya.' We have changed these mindsets. For us, decisions are about national interest and not political gains," he said.
He recalled that 24th December 2002, former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji took a ride on the metro. "This was a historic moment. Since then, it has been 15 years and the Metro network in NCR has expanded considerably."
Also, he applauded Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath breaking the jinx associated with Noida. He said, "When I became CM, people told me of a few places where no CMs went because they were inauspicious. I was clear I would go to all those places in my first year itself. There were superstitions associated with Noida and in his own style, Yogi Adityanath Ji rose above them and came to Noida."