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Magenta Line inauguration: After launch, PM Modi pushes for use of public transport

Modi, after launching a 12-km stretch of Delhi Metro’s newly built Magenta Line, says a multi-modal transportation system will ensure that use of fuel is cut down.

noida Updated: Dec 25, 2017 19:44 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
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Noida,Narendra Modi,‪Yogi Adityanath‬
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, flanked by Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik and chief minister Yogi Adityanath, inaugurated Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line on Sunday. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for use of public transport Monday to save on fuel and costs associated with the import of petroleum, saying travelling on a metro train should be a “prestige issue”.

Modi was addressing a public meeting in this suburban town in Uttar Pradesh bordering New Delhi after launching a 12-km stretch of Delhi Metro’s newly built Magenta Line.

He also said good governance is possible only when the mindset of deriving personal benefit while framing policies and completing projects is shunned. “For us, decisions are about national interest and not political gains.”

“The top ten industrialists would not travel on metro. You will. For us, riding a metro and not driving our private vehicles should be a prestige issue,” he said.

The prime minister observed that a multi-modal transportation system will ensure that use of fuel is cut down, which will help the common man save money and also be useful for the environment.

He said governments incur a lot of cost in creating infrastructure but when it is ready it benefits generations to come.

Modi also said that by 2022, when India celebrates its 75 years of Independence, he wants to cut down on imported petroleum products.

Without getting into specifics, the prime minister lamented that development at times is seen through the prism of politics which is based on the interest of parties. He said development should be an all-round phenomenon.

“Governance cannot happen when the dominant thought process begins at ‘mera kya’ (how will it benefit me) and ends at ‘mujhe kya’ (why should I bother). We have changed this mindset. For us, decisions are about national interest and not political gains,” he said.

He said while India is a prosperous country, people have been deprived of its benefits due to poor governance.

“But I have taken upon myself to change all this. It is a tough decision (for many) when they have to think whether the policy would benefit them politically,” he said.

The prime minister noted that if a policy was in “black and white” and well laid out, it would leave little scope for discretion, thus bringing down corruption.

He recalled that on December 24, 2002 the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee took a ride on the metro. “It was a historic moment. Since then, the Metro network in NCR has expanded considerably,” he said, adding, “Vajpayee was the first person to ride on the Delhi Metro.”

Referring to the issue of connectivity, he said people live in an era in which connectivity is all important. “Without connectivity, life comes to a standstill. This Metro... is not only for the present but also for future generations,” he said.

Crediting Vajpayee for empowering people through his concept of good governance, Modi said the former premier had put thrust on good governance and connectivity. “The Pradhan Mantri Rural Road scheme was his idea and many do not know about it. Villages are being linked with roads. By 2019, all roads will be linked to roads. The Golden Quadrangle project has also been hastened,” he said.

He said states having good governance are flourishing.

He thanked the people of Uttar Pradesh for adopting him when he became member of the Lok Sabha from Varanasi. He said the people of the state moulded him to shoulder the responsibility of the country.

The prime minister also said that Uttar Pradesh contributed in giving the country a stable government by voting for BJP in the Lok Sabha polls.

The Prime Minister further went on to add that because of Adityanath’s attire his critics often perceive that saffron clad chief minister is not “modern enough.”

“I am very happy that Yogi Adityanath Ji has come to Noida. Faith is important but blind faith is not,” the Prime Minister said.

He further claimed as chief minister of Gujarat he himself had also broken many such jinxes by visiting the so-called inauspicious places.

“When I became CM, people told me of a few places where no CMs went because they were inauspicious. I was clear... I would go to all those places in my first year itself. Driven by blind faith and superstition, leaders never went to places for decades. How unfortunate is that,” Modi said.

Noida residents also hailed Adityanath’s visit, saying they would prefer such leaders who visit people when in power.

“Everyone is willing to meet people and go to all constituencies when they are seeking votes. But only true leaders visit people and ‘inauspicious’ constituencies even after being in power,” said Raj Kumar Nagar, a resident of Sarfabad village in Noida.

First Published: Dec 25, 2017 16:29 IST