Navi Mumbai airport: We are clearing projects worth Rs10 lakh crore, says Narendra Modi
He was speaking during the ground-breaking ceremony of the Navi Mumbai International Airport and inauguration of the fourth container terminal at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port TrustUpdated: Feb 19, 2018 09:53 IST
The previous UPA government only announced mega infrastructure projects but never implemented them, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.
He was speaking during the ground-breaking ceremony of the Navi Mumbai International Airport and inauguration of the fourth container terminal at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
He dedicated the Rs7,900-crore terminal to the nation. It will increase the cargo handling capacity by 50%.
The event was attended by governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, and GVK Reddy of the GVK Group which is building the airport.
Modi said his government has taken up projects worth more than Rs10 lakh crore.
“In the past 20 years, you must have heard several promises, and based on them several people have been elected and several governments formed. However, the airport work did not start. The reason was the way the governments worked previously,” Modi said.
He said that the airport project was planned during the Vajpayee government in 1997, and blamed the previous government at the Centre and in the state for delays.
“I remember not just the Navi Mumbai airport but several such projects in country launched 20-30 years ago were not implemented. Leaders had only launched projects.”
“Some people will now claim that this project was taken up in their time. However, the fact is that I had all departments sit together and I inquired if it was a mistake to announce the project. And if not, why was it not implemented?”
He added that under his leadership projects worth Rs10 lakh crore — announced by the pervious government — are on track.
“They are progressing well now and the Navi Mumbai airport is one of them,” he continued, “The greenfield airport is the biggest such project in aviation sector in the country. It is part of the mega infrastructure projects planned in and around Mumbai that will be a reality from 2022 to 2025.”
“By 2022, you will see planes flying from Navi Mumbai and vehicles plying on the 22-km MTHL (Mumbai Trans-Harbour Harbour Link),” he said.
First Published: Feb 19, 2018 09:52 IST