Strong connectivity essential for building developed India: PM

Strong connectivity essential for building developed India: PM

Varanasi: Strong connectivity is essential for building a developed India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday while flagging off the world’s longest river cruise ‘MV Ganga Vilas’ which will travel 3,200 km in 51 days to reach Dibrugarh via Bangladesh, sailing across 27 river systems.
Modi via video conferencing also inaugurated a Tent City at Varanasi, developed on the banks of the Ganga opposite the famed ghats of the holy city, to tap the tourism potential of the region.
Besides, he inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for several other inland waterways projects worth more than Rs 1,000 crore in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Assam during the event.
In his address, Modi pointed out that the world’s longest river cruise from Kashi to Dibrugarh will bring to the fore, places of tourism in North India on the world tourism map.
Talking about the importance of river Ganga in the lives of Indians, Modi regretted that the area around the banks lagged behind in development in the post-independence period thereby leading to a massive exodus of population from the area.
Elaborating on a twin approach to address the situation, the Prime Minister said that on one hand, the campaign to clean Ganga was undertaken through ‘Namami Gange’ and on the other hand ‘Arth Ganga’ was taken up.
In ‘Arth Ganga’ steps have been taken to create an environment of economic dynamism in the states from where Ganga passes.
Addressing the 32 tourists from Switzerland who have signed up for the entire length of the journey, the Prime Minister said: “Today India has everything and a lot beyond your imagination”.
He said India can only be experienced from the heart as the nation has welcomed everyone with open hearts irrespective of region or religion, creed or country and welcomed tourists from all parts of the world.
The beginning of cruise service on river Ganga is a landmark moment and it will herald a new age of tourism in India, Modi said adding this will further push tourism and create new employment opportunities. —PTI
“Strong connectivity is essential for building a developed India,” the Prime Minister said and stressed that the rivers of India will give new heights to water power and trade and tourism of the country.
PTI

 

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