Progress requires speed, eagerness, collective efforts: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi launches the PM Gati Shakti in New Delhi on October 13, 2021. Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Sarbananda Sonowal, Ashwini Vaishnaw, RK Singh, and Hardeep Singh Puri are also seen. (PIB)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 13, 2921, said that progress requires speed, eagerness, and collective efforts.

He was speaking after launching PM Gati Shakti – National Master Plan for multi-modal connectivity here.

Today’s, 21st century India, he said,  is leaving behind old systems and practices.

“Today’s mantra is: Work For Progress, Wealth for Progress. Plan for progress. Preference for progress,” said PM Modi.

He added: “We have not only developed a work culture of completing the projects within the stipulated time frame but efforts are now being made to complete the projects ahead of time.”

The Prime Minister stressed that the people of India, Indian industry, Indian business, Indian manufacturers, and Indian farmers are at the center of this great campaign of Gati Shakti.

“It will give new energy to the present and future generations of India to build India of the 21st century and will remove the obstacles in their path.”

PM Modi lamented the fact that the subject of infrastructure in our country has not been a priority for most political parties. This is not even visible in their manifesto.

“Now the situation has come that some political parties have started criticizing the construction of necessary infrastructure for the country,” the Prime Minister said.

PM Modi said Gati Shakti National Master Plan will address hurdles in infrastructure as working on the basis of the master plan will lead to optimum utilisation of resources.

“PM Gati Shakti Master Plan not only brings together the government process and its various stakeholders but also helps to integrate different modes of transportation. This is an extension of holistic governance,” he said.

Talking about the steps taken to increase the speed of infrastructure development in India during his prime ministership since 2014, PM Modi said: In the 5 years before 2014, only 1900 km of railway lines underwent doubling. In the last 7 years, more than 9 thousand kilometres of railway lines have been doubled. In the 5 years before 2014, only 3000 km of railways were electrified. In the last 7 years, more than 24000 kilometres of railway tracks have been electrified.”

The Prime Minister said before 2014, the metro rail was running on only about 250 km of track. Today the metro has been expanded up to 700 km and work is going on in the 1000 km new metro route.

“In the five years before 2014, only 60 panchayats could be connected with optical fibre. In the last 7 years, we have connected more than 1.5 lakh gram panchayats with optical fibre.”

Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal, Hardeep Singh Puri, Sarbananda Sonowal, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ashwini Vaishnaw, R K Singh, Chiefs Minister, Lieutenant Governors, States’ Ministers, and eminent industrialists were present on the occasion.

From Industry, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chairman Aditya Birla Group; Malika Srinivasan, CMD Tractors and Farm Equipments; TV Narendran, CEO, MD, Tata Steel and President CII, and Deepak Garg, Co-founder Rivigo expressed their views on the occasion. (Press Release)

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