PM Modi hails boost to rail connectivity and infrastructure

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On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his joy when President Droupadi Murmu left the special Mendipathar-Guwahati-Shokhuvi train from Guwahati and said the past eight years have seen continuous efforts to deepen connectivity in the north -is.

“The past eight years have seen continued efforts to deepen connectivity in the Northeast. This will especially help the young people in the region,” Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet responding to a tweet from Indian Railways.

In an effort to boost rail connectivity and infrastructure in the northeast, President Murmu today announced the departure of the Mendipathar-Guwahati-Shokhuvi special train from Guwahati and laid the foundation stone for the modern cargo and coaching terminal .

The train will connect three states: Guwahati (Assam), Shokhuvi (Nagaland) and Mandipathar (Meghalaya).

“Strengthening rail connectivity and infrastructure in the northeast! President of India Smt. Droupadi Murmu flagged the Mendipathar – Guwahati – Shokhuvi Special from Guwahati and laid the foundation stone for the modern freight and coach terminal,” Indian Railways tweeted.

According to the President’s Secretariat, the President reported a train from Guwahati at Lumding Pass to Shokhuvi (Nagaland) and Mandipathar (Meghalaya).

Speaking on the occasion, the President wished the success of the projects related to health, education, railways, road construction, oil and women’s empowerment that were launched today today.

She expressed confidence that the successful implementation of these programs will provide new business and employment opportunities, increase transport facilities and strengthen the economy throughout the North East region, including the Assam.

The president said that better infrastructure is the basis for the development of any state. The North East region is the focal point of India’s “Act East Policy”.

She was pleased to see that the central government is paying special attention to infrastructure and connectivity in this region.

She said the development of Assam can be the driving force for the development of the entire North East region.

“The Northeast region is rich in natural resources. She noted that Assam contributes 13% of India’s total crude oil production. Furthermore, 15% of India’s total natural gas production comes from the North Eastern region,” the President said.

She expressed confidence that the state-of-the-art Moinarband depot inaugurated today will help meet the petroleum product needs of the entire Barak Valley as well as Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram.

The President said the central government is paying close attention to road and rail connectivity in all the northeastern states including Assam.

She expressed her belief that various projects related to roads and railways whose foundation stones have been laid/inaugurated will increase tourism opportunities besides improving trade and transportation in the region.

The President said that the safety and overall development of women and children is a sign of a civilized society. To further strengthen the various services for women and children in Assam, today’s launch of 3,000 model centers in Anganwadi is a commendable initiative.

She also expressed her joy in laying the foundation stones of 100 model secondary schools with the aim of providing better education for the children of tea garden workers.

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