PM Modi Lays Foundation Stone For Greenfield Airport, Unveils Projects Of Worth Rs 4000  Crore In Arunachal Pradesh

| February 9 , 2019 , 13:44 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura, which began on Friday, comes amid protests in the region against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

PM Modi on Saturday inaugurated and laid foundation stones of several projects worth over Rs 4,000 crore in Arunachal Pradesh.

Modi laid the foundation stone for the greenfield airport at Hollongi near Itanagar and inaugurated the retrofitted Teju airport in Lohit district.

The Prime Minister said, "Arunachal Pradesh is India's is India's gateway, and I assure you all that we will not just ensure its safety and security but also put in on a fast-track to development."

PM Narendra Modi said at a public meeting at Indira Gandhi Park, “I am happy to inaugurate and lay foundation stones for projects worth over Rs 4,000 crores. Besides this, work on projects worth Rs 13,000 crores is taking place at a fast pace in Arunachal Pradesh.”

“The projects launched today would not just improve connectivity in the state, but also strengthen the power sector. They would boost the health sector and help promote the state’s culture,” he added.

He also inaugurated a 110 MW hydroelectric project at Pare, launched Arun Prabha — a Doordarshan channel exclusively for Arunachal Pradesh and 50 health and wellness centres.

The PM laid the foundation stone for a film and television institute at Jote, seven electric substations and the Sella Tunnel and its approach road in Tawang.

PM Modi further said, “Arunachal Pradesh is a strategically important state related to national security. But still, not much focus was given by the earlier government to improve facilities in this state. Our government made continuous efforts to change this.”

“In the past few years, Centre has given funds worth Rs 44,000 crores to Arunachal Pradesh, which is double in comparison to what previous governments allocated for the state,” he added.

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The PM is slated to address a rally at Changsari near Guwahati and another at Agartala in Tripura later in the day before departing to New Delhi.

Ahead of the visit, Activists greeted the Prime Minister with black flags with several civil society groups across the Northeast, including the All Assam Students Union, deciding to intensify their ongoing agitation today.

Slogans of "Narendra Modi, Go Back" were heard as activists stood by the roads waving black flags as PM Modi's motorcade was heading to Raj Bhawan from the airport last evening.