Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

PM Modi kicks off Meghalaya poll campaign

PM Modi kicks off Meghalaya poll campaign

Revealing his intentions to develop Meghalaya as a top tourist destination, the prime minister said that the Central Government has earmarked around Rs100 crore for the said objective.

With regards to the state of infrastructure in Shillong airport, Modi said that bigger planes like Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 should land in Shillong airport. After inaugurating the 60-MW Tuirial hydropower project in Aizwal, he headed to Meghalaya's Shillong. This visit of PM is observed as he visited the state to blow the conch for the BJP campaign in the state as there are only two months left for the Assembly Elections.

Modi then travelled to Meghalaya capital Shillong, where he inaugurated the BJP's state office and inaugurated the 261-km long East West Corridor, which connects Shillong with Tura in Garo Hills region of the state. Travel time will be significantly reduced.

"The transformation by transportation is our motto", Modi said adding that construction of 4000 kilometers of National Highways has been sanctioned in the North Eastern region with a cost of Rs 32000 crore.

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Outlining the importance which his government attaches to the development of northeastern states, PM said, "When our govt came to power in 2014, I gave clear instructions to my ministers that one of them must visit Northeast every 15 days". The visit shouldn't be like you reached there in morning & return Delhi in evening. "Last year, I inaugurated the North-eastern council meeting in Shillong".

"After Morarji Desai, if any Prime Minister took part in a meeting of North-eastern council, it was me. When our ministers come here, they stay and meet the people".

In Aizawl on Saturday, Modi called Mizoram the "gateway to southeast Asia" and said it would gain from the Centre's Act East policy.

Asserting that his government is committed to accelerate the pace of development in the northeast he said that central government has also started massive work on linking the northeastern states on rail and air link.

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"The high literacy rate, scenic beauty and availability of large English speaking population of Mizoram makes a flawless blend to develop the state as a model tourist destination", the PM added.

PM Modi also lashed out at the State Government over poor healthcare and education by stating that there are no doctors in hospitals and the schools are in a ramshackle condition.

Meghalaya would also benefit from UDAN scheme under which Shillong will be connected with other cities of the region through flights, Modi said.

Expressing happiness over Meghalaya coming into railway map with Mendipathar-Guwahati railway, Modi lamented that even after 70 years of Independence, four crores households in the country are yet to have electricity.

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On Friday, the union cabinet approved a new scheme for infrastructure development in the northeastern states with 100 per cent funding by the Centre.

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