Prime Ministers are normally seen as serious people, and it is not every day that you see their lighter and more candid side. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Nandan Van Jungle Safari in Chhattisgarh, people got a rare glimpse of the ‘photographer’ PM. Images of PM Modi capturing a tiger in his camera are going viral on social media, and people can’t stop comparing the two (that is Modi and the tiger!). Some people have even gone to the extent of saying that the images feature two tigers in a single frame, or a lion and a tiger in a single shot! Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself tweeted out the images saying, “One for the camera….at the Nandan Van Jungle Safari in @Naya_Raipur.”
In fact, PM Modi sees huge tourism scope in Chhattisgarh. Soon after taking a tour of the Safari, he said, “I was taken to the jungle safari by the Chief Minister… It is his pet project. I see great scope for tourism in Chhattisgarh. It shows how a relatively smaller state can scale new heights of development. Its impact will benefit generations to come. Tourism is important because it gives economic opportunities to the poorest of the poor.”
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 1, 2016
PM Modi is in Chhattisgarh’s Naya Raipur as the state celebrates its 16th foundation day. Naya Raipur is the upcoming new capital of Chhattisgarh. It also holds the honour of being the first ‘new city’ of the 21st century, and is being built as a planned city along the lines of Jamshedpur, Bhubaneshwar, Gandhinagar, Chandigarh and Navi Mumbai. The development of Naya Raipur as a smart city was envisioned in the Naya Raipur Development Plan 2031, which was sanctioned in 2008. It divides the city into 40 sectors out of which 21 are residential sectors.
— ANI (@ANI_news) November 1, 2016
The overall plan of Naya Raipur is based on creating a healthy and eco-friendly environment with a ‘state-of-the-vibrant-art infrastructure’. Naya Raipur is also being developed as an educational and service sector hub with plans to bring up several colleges. IIIT, National Law University, ITM University, Kalinga University among other major schools are currently operational. Naya Raipur is India’s sixth planned city after Jamshedpur (Jharkhand), Bhubaneshwar (Odisha), Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Chandigarh (Punjab & Haryana), and Navi Mumbai (Maharashtra) and fourth among the capital cities. The city is expected to house about 4.5 lakh (450,000) people within a decade. Provisions have been made for its expansion and to upgrade infrastructure in the future.