Modi launches projects worth Rs 4,800 crore in Manipur, new terminal building of airport in Tripura
Imphal/Agartala, January 4, 2022
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 13 projects worth around Rs. 1,850 crores and laid the foundation stone of 9 projects worth around Rs 2950 crore in Imphal, Manipur today.
During his visit to Tripura later, the Prime Minister declared open the new Integrated terminal building of the Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) Airport in Agartala.
The projects in Tripura relate to diverse sectors such as road infrastructure, drinking water supply, health, urban development, housing, information technology, skill development and art and culture, among others.
He laid the foundation stone of five National Highway projects to be built at a cost of more than Rs 1,700 crore. He inaugurated a steel bridge over the Barak River on NH-37, to be built at a cost of over Rs 75 crore, which would decongest traffic between Silchar and Imphal. He also dedicated to the people of Manipur 2,387 mobile towers built at a cost of around Rs 1,100 crores.
He inaugurated the water transmission system of the Thoubal Multi-Purpose Project, which will provide drinking water supply to Imphal city. The water supply scheme, built at a cost of Rs 65 crore, will provide safe drinking water to residents of ten habitations of Tamenglong district. The augmentation of the Senapati District Headquarter Water Supply Scheme, built at a cost of Rs 51 crore, will provide a regular water supply to the residents of the area.
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of a state-of-the-art cancer hospital in Imphal worth around Rs 160 crore on a PPP basis. He inaugurated a 200-bed COVID Hospital at Kiyamgei set up at a cost of about Rs 37 crore in collaboration with DRDO. He inaugurated three projects under the Imphal Smart City Mission, developed at a cost of more than Rs 170 crore, including the Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC), Development of Western Riverfront on Imphal River (Phase I) and Development of Mall Road at Thangal Bazar (Phase I).
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of the Centre for Invention, Innovation, Incubation and Training (CIIIT) to be built at a cost of about Rs 200 crore. He laid the foundation stone for the construction of the Manipur Institute of Performing Arts at Gurgaon, Haryana, to be built at a cost of more than Rs 240 crore.
Paying homage to the bravery of the people of Manipur, Modi said it was in this land of Moirang, where Netaji Subhash's army hoisted the national flag for the first time. The North East, which Netaji called the gateway to India's independence, was becoming the gateway to fulfilling the dreams of a new India. He reiterated his belief that the eastern and northeastern parts of India will be the source of India's progress which was visible in the growth of the region today.
The Prime Minister thanked the people of Manipur for the formation of a stable government that was governing with full majority and with full impact. He stressed that, due to this stability and choice of the people of Manipur, achievements like 6 lakh farmer families getting hundreds of crore rupees under Kisan Samman Nidhi; 6 lakh poor families getting benefits under PM Garib Kalyan Scheme; 80,000 houses under PMAY; free medical treatment to 4.25 lakh patients under Ayushman Yojna; 1.5 lakh free gas connections; 1.3 lakh free electricity connections; 30,000 toilets; more than 30 lakh free vaccine doses and oxygen plants in every district of the state could become reality.
He said even before he became the Prime Minister, he had visited Manipur many times. He said he understands their pain. “That's why after 2014, I have brought Delhi - Government of India to your doorstep. Every officer and Minister was asked to visit the region and serve the people as per their local needs. You can see that there are five important faces from the region in key portfolios in the Council of Ministers,'' he added.
“The hard work of the government for seven years is visible in the entire North East and especially in Manipur. Today Manipur is becoming a symbol of the new work culture of change. Connectivity is also a priority in this change and creativity is equally important,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that the road and infrastructure projects along with better mobile networks will strengthen connectivity. CIIT will contribute to the creativity and innovation spirit of the local youth. The modern cancer hospital will add to the dimension of care and the Manipur institute of Performing Arts and renovation of Govind Ji Mandir will preserve the cultural heritage.
He said his Government has resolved to "Act East" for the Northeast. God has given so many natural resources, so much potential to this region. There are so many possibilities for development and tourism here. He added that work is now being carried out to realise these possibilities. The North East is now becoming the gateway to India's development, he added.
“Due to the continuous efforts of the double-engine government, there is no fire of extremism and insecurity in this region, but the light of peace and development. Hundreds of youths across the North East have left arms and joined the mainstream of development," he said.
The current government has taken several historical accords, pending for decades, to a conclusion. From a "blockade state", Manipur has become a state giving way for international trade, he added.
“This decade of the 21st century is very important for Manipur," he said.
He lamented the loss of time in the past. "There is not a single moment now. We have to maintain stability in Manipur and also take Manipur to new heights of development. And only the double-engine government can do this work,” he emphasized.
During his visit to Tripura, Modi inaugurated the new integrated terminal Building of Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) Airport in Agartala and launched key initiatives like Mukhyamantri Tripura Gram Samriddhi Yojana and Project Mission 100 of Vidyajyoti Schools.
Tripura Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, and Union Ministers Jyotiraditya Scindia and Pratima Bhoumik were among those present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said the India of the 21st century will move forward by taking everyone along with the spirit of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Prayas.
“Unbalanced development where some states lag behind and people deprived of even some basic facilities is not good. This is what the people of Tripura have seen for decades. The current government came up with the Mantra of HIRA - H to Highway, I to Internet way, R to railways and A to Airways for improving the connectivity in Tripura. Today Tripura is strengthening and expanding its connectivity on the basis of the HIRA model," he said.
Commenting on the new airport, the Prime Minister said that the airport is a blend of Tripura’s culture, natural beauty and modern facilities. The airport will play a big role in enhancing air connectivity in the North East. Work is going on in full earnest to make Tripura the gateway to the northeast. Road, rail, air and water connectivity infrastructure is getting unprecedented investment. This is turning Tripura into a new hub of business and industry as well as a trade corridor.
Modi lauded the state for launching Mukhyamantri Tripura Gram Samriddhi Yojana, of taking the schemes to people and reaching the saturation of the coverage. The scheme will promote tap water for every household, housing, Ayushman coverage, insurance cover, KCC and roads leading to enhanced confidence in the rural population.
Improving the coverage of PMAYs has resulted in 1.8 lakh families getting pucca houses of which beneficiaries have been given possession of 50,000 houses.
The Prime Minister said the new National Education Policy is being implemented in the country to skill the youth who are making India modern in the 21st century. It also lays equal emphasis on learning in the local language. Students of Tripura are now going to get help from Mission-100 and the 'Vidya Jyoti' campaign, he said.
Modi said the campaign to vaccinate the youth of the 15-18 age group will ensure that there is no break in the education of the young students. This will alleviate the worries of the students and parents. The Prime Minister said that, in Tripura, 80 per cent of the population have received the first dose and 65% have received both doses of vaccine. He expressed the hope that Tripura will soon achieve the target of vaccinating the 15-18 age group fully.
The Prime Minister said that Tripura can play an important role in giving the country an alternative to single-use plastic. A huge market is being created in the country for bamboo brooms, bamboo bottles products made here. With this, thousands of people are getting employment or self-employment in the manufacture of bamboo items. He also praised the state’s work in organic farming.
The Integrated Terminal Building of Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport is built at a cost of about Rs 450 crore spread over 30,000 square metres and supported by the latest IT network-integrated system. Project Mission 100 of Vidyajyoti Schools is aimed to improve the quality of education in the state by converting 100 existing High / Higher secondary schools to Vidyajyoti Schools with state of art facilities and quality education. The project will cover about 1.2 lakh students from Nursery to class XII and will cost around Rs 500 crores in the next three years.
Mukhyamantri Tripura Gram Samriddhi Yojana aims to achieve the benchmark standards for service delivery in core development sectors at the village level. The key sectors selected for this scheme are household tap connections, domestic electricity connections, all-weather roads, functional toilets for every household, recommended immunization for every child, participation of women in Self Help Groups, and so on.