Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Okha- Bet Dwarka bridge on Saturday morning. The Prime Minister is on a two-day visit in his home state of Gujarat ahead of the state elections. He thanked people for such a warm welcome and said that the Okha- Bet Dwarka bridge is not a structure of bricks. PM Modi said that it will connect the history of Bet Dwarka to the rest of India. “This bridge will give a boost to tourism,” PM Modi added.
“Today I am seeing a very different mood here in Dwarka. There is tremendous enthusiasm here. What we are working towards is not merely a bridge to reach Bet Dwarka, it connects us to our history and culture,” the prime minister added while saying that he wants more tourists to visit Bet Dwarka. He said that building of infrastructure should enhance economic activities and add to the atmosphere of development.
“Development of the tourism sector cannot be in isolation. If we want to draw more tourists to Gir, we should also inspire the tourist to visit other parts like Dwarka,” he added while addressing the gathering at the inauguration. Remembering the old days, PM said that he can recall how tough the days were for the people of Bet Dwarka due to lack of infrastructure.
“I still recall how tough it was for people of Bet Dwarka. Lack of infrastructure meant transportation was tough, people faced difficulties if an emergency came up. We wanted to change this with a push on infrastructure,” the Prime Minister said.
Taking a dig at the former chief minister Madhavsinh Solanki, who belongs to the Congress, Modi said the concept of development was narrow at that time. “I recall front page advertisements for the CM coming to Jamnagar to inaugurate a water tank. This is how narrow their conception of development was,” the prime minister said. Modi said, “We have come a long way since then and are looking at more all round and extensive progress.”
The Prime Minister also thanked the finance minister Arun Jaitley for some major decisions that were taken by the GST Council yesterday. PM Modi said Diwali has come 15 days earlier for the citizens due to the decisions taken at the GST Council meeting. Defending the recent revisions of the Goods and service tax, Modi said, “We had said we will study all aspects relating to GST for 3 months, including the shortcomings. And thus, the decisions were taken with consensus at the GST council.”
PM Modi said the government is taking steps towards the empowerment of fishermen. “We do not want our fishermen to live in poverty, we want to create more opportunities for them,” he added.
Kandla Port, which is in the Kutch District of Gujarat, is seeing unprecedented growth, Modi said adding, this is because the government devoted resources to improve the port. Listing out the slew of development measures, Modi said: “New lease of life was added to Alang, steps were taken for the welfare of the labourers working there. These are steps we are taking towards development.”