Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he would make Haryana, his “second home after Gujarat”, the centrepiece of India’s development story.
Addressing a rally after inaugurating the Delhi-Faridabad Metro corridor, Modi said he spent many years in Haryana after leaving Gujarat. “You all know, Haryana is my second home… Can I forget your love? It is this love which draws me to you every time. I will repay this, along with interest, by bringing about development,” he said.
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Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of State for Urban Development Babul Supriyo and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar were among those who attended the rally.
“Faridabad is the ninth biggest industrial estate of Asia. We must help it develop even more. Faridabad is a mini-India. The Delhi-Faridabad Metro line will play a big role in boosting development. Residents and tourists from Delhi will travel to Faridabad on the Metro, generate income for the youth of Faridabad and boost the economy,” Modi said.
He said over an additional Rs 600 crore would be spent to extend the Faridabad Metro from Mujesar to Ballabhgarh in the next phase.
Modi lauded Khattar’s efforts to turn Haryana from a state known for female infanticide to that of “Beti Bachao and Beti Parao”.
Modi said Faridabad would be developed into one of the 100 smart cities on Naidu’s list. “Just being enlisted as a potential smart city by the government does not mean the work is done. You have only cleared the list and entered the competition. But from here, you will have to take the initiative forward. The youth of Faridabad will have to strive to make it one, to live up to the parameters set by the Central government for each potential smart city,” Modi said.
Khattar praised the PM for making five visits to the state within a year.