Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched various development projects in Kutch district on the first day of a two-day visit to his home state of Gujarat, including a pumping station at Bhachau that will enable the release of water from the Narmada river for the Tappar dam.
Addressing a public meeting on the occasion, he said that today's inauguration will make every Kutchi proud. He mentioned the importance of conserving water, and added that, in Kutch, people understood this quite well.
He said that successive State Governments in Gujarat had placed emphasis on water conservation. Now, he said, with the Narmada waters arriving, the region would witness a transformation.
The Prime Minister also noted that Bhuj would get a modern bus port, like other cities in Gujarat. He said the focus is only on development and positive work which takes the State to new heights.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Modi launched various development projects of the Kandla Port Trust at Gandhidham.
He unveiled plaques to mark the laying of foundation stone for construction of the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Convention Centre; and the development of the 14th and 16th General Cargo Berth.
He handed over Letters of Award for construction of Interchange-cum-Road Overbridge (ROB) at Kutch Salt Junction; Deployment of two Mobile Harbour Cranes; and Mechanization for handling of fertilisers at Kandla Port.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari said that the Sagarmala project, and port-led development would have a positive impact on the State of Gujarat, and would lead to job creation as well.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani spoke of the rich maritime traditions of the State, and added that the spirit continues even today.
Mr. Modi spoke of the rich and glorious history and culture of the Kutch region.
He said that if India wants to make a place for itself in global trade, it should have the best of arrangements in the port sector. The combination of infrastructure and efficiency is vital for the port sector to thrive, he said, adding that the Kandla Port has emerged as one of the finest in Asia.
The Prime Minister said that the Chabahar port, being developed with Indian participation in Iran, would further spur the growth of Kandla Port.
The Prime Minister asked the people to resolve to make whatever contribution they can for the nation over the next five years, in the run-up to the seventy-fifth anniversary of Independence.
Stating that the nation is celebrating the centenary year of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, the Prime Minister suggested that Kandla Port Trust be renamed as "Deendayal Port Trust - Kandla."