PM lays foundation stone for connectivity projects worth Rs 3,400 cr in Uttarakhand
Dehradun, Oct 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone for various connectivity projects worth around Rs 3,400 crore at Mana village of Chamoli district.
Speaking at the occasion, the PM said that the connectivity projects will give a boost to the economic development of Uttarakhand. "Connectivity is a challenge in mountainous regions. Our government is working on bringing connectivity to such areas. Four-lane expressways are being built to connect state from Delhi and UP. Delhi-Dehradun economic corridor will encourage businesses in the state," he said.
The Prime Minister said that modern connectivity is a "guarantee of national defence." He highlighted that the government is taking one step after the other in this direction for the last 8 years.
"Since 2014, the Border Roads Organization has constructed about 7,000 km of new roads and built hundreds of bridges. Many important tunnels have also been completed", the Prime Minister said.
The PM noted that Mana village is known as the last village at India's borders and said, "For me, every village at the border is the first village of the country and the people residing near the border make for the country's strong guard.
He also spoke about the two major pillars of the developed India of the 21st century. "First, pride in our heritage and second, all possible efforts for development. Today Uttarakhand is strengthening both these pillars", he said.
The Prime Minister claimed that while he felt blessed by the Darshans at Kedarnath and Badri Vishal, he also reviewed the development projects as "130 crore people are also a form of God for me." he said.
Recalling his appeal to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort to break free from the colonial mindset, the Prime Minister explained the need to make this appeal after 75 years of independence and underlined that mentality of slavery had shackled the nation so profoundly that some people in the country considered the work of development in the country as a crime.
"The progress made in the development of the country is weighed upon a beam scale of slavery", the Prime Minister said. He further added that for a long time, the places of worship in the country have been looked down upon. "People from across the world never stop praising these shrines", he added. Recalling the past attempts, the Prime Minister pointed out that everyone remembers what happened during the construction of the Somnath temple and Ram temple, the statement from his office said.
"The dilapidated condition of these shrines was a clear sign of the slavery mentality", Modi said.
The Prime Minister said the digital connectivity has reached Mana village too, and the shopkeepers here are also accepting digital payments using QR codes and other modes. "This is the strength of my country. I feel proud to see this at Mana today," he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at the famous Kedarnath and Badrinath temples in Uttarakhand on Friday. After performing a "puja" at the Kedarnath temple in Rudraprayag district, the PM arrived at the Badrinath temple in Chamoli in a helicopter.
During his two-day tour of the state, PM Modi will inspect various ongoing development projects and lay the foundation stones for some new ones. He performed the "puja" at the temples wearing a white traditional attire of the hill people with a swastika embroidered on it.
At Kedarnath, he also laid the foundation stone for the 9.7-km Gaurikund-Kedarnath ropeway project.