Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Mizoram and Meghalaya on Saturday to inaugurate several development projects and his visit can be seen as a boost to the BJP’s campaign ahead of the Assembly polls in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura next year. PM Modi during his address at the Polo ground in Shillong, Meghalaya said that he is the first prime minister after Morarji Desai to arrive in North-East and take part in North-Eastern Council meeting. He also said that he started the North-Eastern Council meeting last year. On the inauguration of Shillong-Nongstoin-Rongjeng-Tura Road in Shillong, PM said that the road will boost economic activity in North-East and will also establish a direct link between two most important towns in the state, Shillong and Tura, reducing travel time for passengers. Modi said his government’s aim was to bring ‘transformation by transportation’ and to fulfil that the Union Government has sanctioned four thousand kilometres of national highways across the North-East for an estimated expenditure of Rs 32,000 crore.
PM Narendra Modi speaking on North-East’s upcoming development and the incumbent government’s attempt to boost infrastructure unveiled plans of executing 15 railway lines stretching 14,000 kilometer in length costing Rs 47,000 crore. Modi asserted that Meghalaya and North_east as a whole was a scenic place and he was elated to be present there. Modi said that to keep the development and relation with North-East on good terms he instructed the ministers to visit the region, stay and interact with people every 15 days after his government came to power in 2014.
In a survey done by World Travel Tourism Council – India Initiative II (WTTC – II), North-East ranked at the bottom of the list in spite of being adorned with beautiful landscapes due to a host of geographical and developmental challenges. Modi addressing the need to boost tourism in the state said that promotion of tourism in Meghalaya is an important agenda and the government has sanctioned Rs 1,000 crore to make the state a top tourism destination.
On improving health care system in the state, PM said that the state was not receiving proper health care in spite the chief minister of the state being a doctor. Criticising Congress for the lack of development and health care systems, Modi said that a new wave of change was on the rise that started from Assam and will soon be reaching Meghalaya that will redeem the “ruined” state after 15 years of Congress rule.