Gandhinagar, October 7: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with an aim to boost the terrorism in Gujarat laid the foundation stone for a bridge between Okha and Bet Dwarka on NH51 on Saturday which will be built at a cost of Rs 962.42 crore. On this occasion, PM Modi said that Diwali has arrived early for the people of India after GST Council slashed tax rates on 27 products and provided massive to small and medium businesses.
PM Modi said, “Diwali has come early for our citizens due to the decisions taken in the GST Council. We had said we will study all aspects relating to GST for 3 months, including the shortcomings. And thus, the decisions were taken with consensus at the GST council.” The Prime Minister also reiterated BJP government’s agenda of all-round development and attacked the opposition for its "narrow" vision.
PM Modi also highlighted how the state government modified the National Highways programme, so that development of roads takes place in tandem with economic progress. "Building of infrastructure should enhance economic activities and add to the atmosphere of development," PM Modi added.
The Prime Minister said the four-lane cable-stayed signature bridge between Okha and Bet Dwarka was not only a huge infrastructure endeavour, but would also connect the region's history and culture. PM Modi said that we aim to empower the poor in Gujarat and this bridge in Dwarka will help them, directly.
Taking a dig at Congress PM Modi said the party took to cheap stunts to drum up support ahead of polls. In contrast, the BJP believed in concrete action to facilitate "all round and extensive progress." "When Madhavsinh Solanki ji was CM, I recall front page advertisements for the CM coming to Jamnagar to inaugurate a water tank. This is how narrow their conception of development was," PM Modi added.
He also briefed people about the successful development of Kandla Port and said, "Kandla Port is seeing unprecedented growth. This is because we devoted resources to improve the port. Lives of the fishing community will improve and grow. Fishing community will then be able to go into the deep sea. To make lives of our fishermen better, we have to empower them. The government will give them loans on less interest so that they can buy bigger boats.”
Interestingly, PM Modi is on a two-day visit to Gujarat, a poll-bound state where he will inaugurate the number of infrastructural projects. Earlier in the day, he offered prayers at the famous Dwarkadhish temple. He will also visit his birthplace Vadnagar for the first time after becoming Prime Minister.