PM Narendra Modi flags off new train in northeast
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his speech in Guwahati, stressed that the Indian Railways should be a vehicle of India's growth story and hoped that under the leadership of new railway minister Suresh Prabhu, the Indian Railways would make rapid progress.Updated: Nov 29, 2014 23:04 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the Northeast Frontier Railway (NF Railway) Stadium in Guwahati on Saturday evening that the Indian Railways should be a vehicle of India's growth story and hoped that under the leadership of new railway minister Suresh Prabhu, the Indian Railways would make rapid progress in the days to come.
The Prime Minister, after flagging off the first passenger train from Mendipathar to Guwahati to put Meghalaya on the railway map of India and laying the foundation stone of the new broad gauge railway line from Bhairabi to Sairang in Mizoram, said that Indian Railways has the potential to play a key role in the economic development of the country.
"We have decided to open up one Railway University each in the country's eastern, western, southern and northern regions. The graduates from these special universities will contribute in faster development of the railway network across the country. They will be special railway graduates," said Modi.
The PM said that in the budget, his government had sanctioned Rs 28,000 crore for railways development and decided for FDI in key areas of railway development in the country.
"I want both horizontal and vertical development in railways. Horizontal means better network and vertical means better facilities," said Modi.
Modi also said that more money will flow into railways in the days to come as the government has wanted to privatise some railway stations in the country. "We want railways stations to be privatised. I believe railways should have even better facilities than airports as the common man travels through trains," Modi added.
In his address, the Prime Minister stressed on rapid infrastructure development in the northeastern region of the country. "It is believed in Vastu Shastra that the northeastern part of the house must be proper. Then things will be good at home. If we take good care of the northeast, the entire country will move ahead," Modi said.
The Prime Minister said that development in the northeastern region is one of his high priorities. "We talk about 'Look East' policy... now we have decided, if this is really the era of Asia, we have to 'Look Act' which means not just look but act. And from 'Look Act', we will proceed ahead to 'Look East Act'," Modi added.
Railway minister Prabhu was also present, along with the chief ministers of Assam, Meghayala and Mizoram.
First Published: Nov 29, 2014 20:52 IST