Connectivity was a recurrent theme in the Prime Minister’s Independence Day speech as he addressed the nation from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort yesterday, as India completed 75 years of Independence.
PM Narendra Modi, in his speech, shared his vision and plans for connecting the country and bolstering the railway network for the same, in addition to announcing his ambitious INR 100 trillion national infra master plan for the country.
While sharing how a new chapter is being penned in the history of the northeastern region , the PM announced that all the state capitals in the region will be connected with rail services very soon.
The efforts towards connecting every region of the country, be it the northeastern region, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh including the entire Himalayan region, the coastal belt or the tribal region will augur well for boosting the country’s development in the future, the PM said.
“Very soon, the work of connecting all the state capitals of the northeast with rail services is going to be completed,” PM Modi said, adding that the region is getting connected with Bangladesh, Myanmar and Southeast Asia.
The Prime Minister also announced the launch of an ambitious INR 100 lakh crore Gati Shakti Master Plan for boosting employment.
He also announced that 75 ‘Vande Bharat’ trains will connect different parts of the country in 75 weeks to mark the ongoing ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
Vande Bharat, the indigenous semi-high speed train set, will get a major boost with the Indian Railways stepping up to launch at least 10 of them, linking around 40 cities, by August 2022 to mark India’s 75 years of Independence.