Infrastructure not part of politics for government: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays the foundation stone of Noida International Airport, Jewar, Uttar Pradesh on November 25, 2021. Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and other dignitaries are also seen. (PIB)

Noida: Infrastructure is not a part of politics for the government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on November 25, 2021, after laying the foundation stone of Noida International Airport at Jewar in Uttar Pradesh.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Ministers Jyotiraditya Scindia, Gen V K Singh, Sanjiv Baliyan, SP Singh Baghel, and B L Varma were among those present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said, “Infrastructure is not part of politics for us but part of national policy (Rashtra Niti). We are making sure that the projects do not get stuck, do not hang in limbo or do not go astray. We try to ensure that the infrastructure work is completed within the stipulated time.”

Maintaining that the new India of the 21st century is building one of the best modern infrastructures, PM Modi said, “Better roads, better rail network, better airports are not just infrastructure projects but they transform the entire region, transforming people’s lives completely.”

The Prime Minister said that some political parties in the country have always kept their self-interest paramount, “whereas we follow the spirit of the nation first. Sabka Saath – Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas – Sabka Efforts is our mantra”.

PM Modi remarked that after seven decades of independence, for the first time, Uttar Pradesh has started getting what it has always deserved due to the “efforts of the double engine government”.

The Prime Minister said the previous governments kept Uttar Pradesh in deprivation and darkness, but now the state is making its mark not only nationally but also internationally.

The Prime Minister cited Jewar airport as an example of how the earlier governments in UP and at the Center ignored the development of western Uttar Pradesh.

“Two decades ago the BJP government of UP had conceptualised this project. But later this airport was entangled in the tussle of the previous governments in Delhi and Lucknow for many years. The government, which was earlier in UP, had written a letter to the then central government and told that the project of this airport should be shelved. Now with the efforts of the double engine government, today we are witnessing the Bhumi Pujan of the same airport.”

The Prime Minister said Noida International Airport will become the logistics gateway of northern India.

This airport will make the entire region a powerful symbol of the National Gatishakti Masterplan, he added.

Commenting on the economic fallout of infrastructure development, the Prime Minister said that “this airport will give new employment to thousands of people of western UP”.

He said NOIDA International Airport will be a key center of maintenance, repair, and operations of aircraft.

“The Maintenance, repair, and overhaul MRO facility is coming up in 40 acre, giving employment to hundreds of young people. Today India spends thousands of crore rupees for getting these services abroad.”

Commenting on the integrated multi-modal cargo hub that is coming up, he said that in a land-locked state like Uttar Pradesh airport will be very useful.

“This hub will serve industrial centres like Aligarh, Mathura, Meerut, Agra, Bijnor, Moradabad, and Bareilly. Khurja artisans, Meerut Sports Industry, Saharanpur furniture, brass industry of Moradabad, Agra footwear, and Petha industry will get huge support from the upcoming infrastructure.”

Listing the recent initiatives undertaken by the government, PM Modi talked about the milestone of 100 crore vaccine doses, determination of net-zero goal by 2070, Kushinagar Airport, 9 medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh, new dam and irrigation projects in Mahoba, Defence corridor and related projects in Jhansi, Purvanchal expressway, celebration of Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas, modern railway station in Bhopal, National highway in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. (Press Release)

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