PM Modi hails sportspersons of Mizoram

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Modi will formally dedicate the 60 MW Tuirial Hydro Electric Power Project (HEPP) to the nation.

On Saturday, Modi addressed public rallies to mark the inauguration of a number of projects in Meghalaya and Mizoram. The two states are scheduled for assembly polls in the next 12-months. "There are many other prominent sportspersons from Mizoram who have brought glory to the state and the country", he said.

Travel time will be significantly reduced. "My government wants to do "Transformation by Transportation" through investment in infrastructure to change the face of the North Eastern region".

The prime minister also said that he wants to make Meghalaya a top tourist destination, and said the Centre has sanctioned Rs 100 crore for this objective.

PM talking about the Prime Minister's visit to the Northeast Region also said, "After Morarji Desai, if any Prime Minister took part in a meeting of North-eastern council, it was me". Mr Modi said the commissioning of the project is a significant milestone in the history of Mizoram. It will boost the socio-economic development of the State, ” said the PM. "You don't have to send your grievances to Delhi (Central Government), as authorities from Delhi will come to you themselves".

"Across the North East the Union Government has sanctioned around four thousand km of National Highways, for an amount of over Rs 32,000 crore". "The Union government has sanctioned around Rs 100 crore for development of tourist destinations in the state", Modi said.

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"Mizoram was the only state in the Northeast which I had not been able to visit as PM".

In the Meghalaya capital, the prime minister said he has "several fond memories" of his visit from past year, and that he still remembers the taste of the tea served to him during his visit. Our initiative - the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) at your doorstep has added impetus to the development of the Northeast.

"The government is executing 15 new rail lines for almost 14000 km length, this will cost Rs 47,000 crore and boost infrastructure in the North-East region", he added.

Besides power generation, the Tuirial project, which makes Mizoram the third power=surplus state in the region after Tripura and Sikkim, will also boost water navigation, pisciculture, tourism and water supply.

"In the spirit of "Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas", every Indian, irrespective of caste, gender, religion, class must have equal opportunities to partake in the new prosperity".