Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who launched various new infrastructure projects in Kochi on Sunday, announced that his government us looking at building infrastructure worth Rs 110 lakh crore (over 150 million USD) to power India's rise
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who launched various new infrastructure projects in Kochi on Sunday, announced that his government us looking at building infrastructure worth Rs 110 lakh crore (over 150 million USD) to power India's rise.
During his flying visit, amid tight security, to Kerala's commercial capital, Modi who inaugurated the five new projects from a single venue, said the definition and scope of infrastructure has changed and it includes roads and connectivity.
"We are looking at quality and quantity infrastructure of Rs 110 lakhs crore. India is embarking on broadband connectivity for all our villages. Likewise, India has given top most importance to 'blue economy'... I call upon researchers and fisheries sector for creating more infrastructure, which will be a great tribute to our fishermen," he said.
Among the projects were the dedication of BPCL's Rs 6,000-crore propylene derivatives petrochemicals project to the nation, the launch of Sagarika, the Cochin Port's new Rs 25 crore international cruise terminal, laying the foundation stone for Cochin Port's reconstruction of the south coal berth and a new knowledge centre of Cochin Shipyard Ltd Vigyana Sagar among others.
"We have gathered here to celebrate the development of Kerala and India through the wide-ranging sectors which will energise the growth trajectory of Kerala. The projects that have been dedicated will help increase foreign exchange, besides offering wide-ranging job opportunities," he said, adding that economic growth requires augmenting existing capacities.
With the state assembly elections round the corner, Modi also sought to emphasise what his government has done for Kerala.
He also took time to elaborate on the steps taken to bring back the diaspora from various Gulf countries.
"The year gone by saw several challenges especially the fight with Covid and we were considerate to the diaspora. We brought back 50 lakh (five million) Indians which included a good number of Keralites. In the last year we saw several Gulf countries who have to be thanked for the release of prisoners. We (government) are always with you for your needs," he said.
Noting India is standing at a historic point, he said: "Our actions of today will shape the growth trajectory of India and we all should work to create a strong Atmanirbhar Bharat (Self-Reliant India)."