Want to make Northeast gateway to Southeast Asia: PM Modi

The Prime Minister also announced that the Northeast would soon be connected with the UDAN scheme.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 8, 2017 4:10 am
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Stating that the Northeast has not seen “balanced development”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that his government has initiated major infrastructure projects to make the region a “gateway to Southeast Asia”. “My emphasis on Northeast is because a balanced development of the region did not take place after so many years of independence. Now, the central government, for the last three years, is making efforts to achieve balanced development of Northeast through all its resources… These efforts will help to make the Northeast a gateway to South East Asia,” said Modi.

Addressing the centenary celebrations of the Bharat Sevashram Sangha in Shillong through video conference, the Prime Minister said the NDA government has initiated major infrastructure projects in the Northeast states, including an investment of Rs 40,000 crore to improve roads and highways.

Modi said while his government plans to bring about overall and balanced development of the Northeast states, the major thrust would be on improving connectivity and developing the entire region for tourism.

Besides roads, 19 big railway projects have also been started, he said. “We are also improving the electricity situation and trying to bring even more tourists to the region,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister also announced that the Northeast would soon be connected with the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagarik) scheme. He said small airports were being developed in the region, while the extension of the runway at Shillong airport has been approved.

Modi also rued that out of the Northeast cities which were surveyed, “only Gangtok had found a place in the first 50 clean cities”. Emphasising that the aim is to make the region a gateway to Southeast Asia, he said the dream would not be fulfilled if the gateway is dirty. He exhorted people and organisations like the Sangha to join hands in the cleanliness campaign.

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    Mahesh Desai
    May 9, 2017 at 8:21 am
    I agree with Hon.PM. Main players will be Kiran Rijju and Nitin Gadkari, with Prabhu. Main hurdle is to change the mindset of CMs with Congress background. They have to change. For 70 years Saika or Gogoi just became rich at the poor people's cost. Seen some roads being redeveloped but 70 still to improve. Major hurdles are Bangladeshi, encroaching from Sylhet to all border states. The locals have to be trained for receiving tourists from national and international level. Very bad hotels, and all tourists are controlled by Guwahati mafia of tourist operators. Lack of information for tourists. Lack of good restaurants, hotels which looks like one hour rental hotels are a disappointment. The Mafia cheats you of your money and services are poor. The local police at least in am is corrupt and non existent. Arunachal CM was a tourism minister in Congi Govt., but he didn't do anything. So now please do something and change your philosophy. Only Army seems organized. Jai Hind.
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      MyTake
      May 8, 2017 at 12:38 am
      Great scope of development of tourism in North East - this region is unique and unparalleled in the w world with special gift of nature.
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        bitterhoney
        May 7, 2017 at 11:09 pm
        Day dreaming.
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          Rahul
          May 8, 2017 at 12:36 am
          ...is what you do, porki.
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            Abdul Jamal
            May 8, 2017 at 1:14 am
            Bitterhoney is a Christian fundamentalist and since conversion from Hindu he has been instructed by his church Masters the Christian white supremacist pope and his henchmen of brown Christian slaves like him to oppose anything that is good for the country or is Hindu as they the brown Christian slaves get paid to destroy India by the Christian Catholic Church. Amen.
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              bap of jihadi md dar
              May 8, 2017 at 9:11 am
              MULLE KO BAS JIHAD KRA DO
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                SubbuI
                May 8, 2017 at 10:42 pm
                NALAYAK NMODI IS SEL DREAMS. WHAT HE DID IN AND FOR NORTH EAST IS ONLY MAKING SAFFRON GOVERNMENTS STATE AFTER STATE BY BYING CONGRESS MLAS. NORTH EAST WILL ERUPT HEN THIS SAFFRON DICTATOR TRY TO DIVIDE THE P IPLE THERE ON RELEIGION AND REGION.A CURSE TO BE NDIA
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