Lack of concern delayed infra projects: PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said infrastructure projects in the past ran for years due to lack of coordination from planning to execution adding “it is not possible to build the infrastructure of 21st century India with this approach.”

That’s why we have made PM Gatishakti National Masterplan, the Prime Minister said as he inaugurated two additional railway lines connecting Thane and Diva built at the approx cost of Rs 620 crores via video conferencing. The railway lines will remove the interference of long distance train’s traffic with suburban train’s traffic in Mumbai and also enable the introduction of 36 new suburban trains in the city.

“The development of Metro has also been initiated in Mumbai in the last seven years… Our focus is to bring world class railway connectivity to Mumbai which will be at par with 21st century infrastructure goals,” the PM added.

The PM also said that reforms in railway can bring revolutionary changes in logistics sector. He said 400 new Vande Bharat Express trains will help in boosting India’s travel experience, it will help us reach our connectivity potential with a modern technological approach and world class amenities.

“Ahmedabad Mumbai High Speed Rail is the need for Mumbai. This will strengthen Mumbai’s potential, Mumbai’s identity as the city of dreams. This project is the priority for all of us,” the PM said.

Modi said during the COVID-19 pandemic itself the government electrified over 8000 railway lines, introduced over 4500 new lines and helped in transporting Agri goods between states with the help of Kisan Rails. The two additional railway lines connecting Thane and Diva features 1.4 km long rail flyover, 3 major bridges, 21 minor bridges, the PMO said. The Prime Minister congratulated Mumbaikars and said the new lines will further boost the speed of travel.

He said that he was fortunate to be able to inaugurate 4th and 5th new railway lines a day ahead of the birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. (UNI)

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