₹20,000cr project bonanza for Assam, Arunachal & Tripura

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated projects worth more than Rs.20,000 crore to Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura, the three states he visited on a two day whirlwind tour of northeast. This comes a day after he faced hostile black-flag demonstrations against Centre’s move to pass the citizenship bill.

“A new India can be built only when the northeast is developed,” he said in Arunachal Pradesh, kicking off the bounty for the northeastern states with projects worth more than Rs.4,000 crore for the state. He added projects worth an additional Rs.13,000 crore have already been rolled out in the state.

In a clear pitch for his party before Lok Sabha election, the PM said his government had allocated Rs.44,000 crore for the region, double the money allotted by previous UPA governments.

The PM also laid the foundation of Se La Tunnel. He also inaugurated DD Arun Prabha — a new 24-hour Doordarshan channel for the state — and dedicated the 110-MW Pare Hydroelectric Plant to the nation.

Modi claimed 100% household electrification in Arunachal under Saubhagya Scheme and also laid the foundation for a permanent campus of Film and Television Institute of India at Jote.

In Assam, he launched projects worth Rs.18,000 crore for boosting infrastructure, connectivity and economic growth of the entire region. He laid the foundation of the North East Gas Grid project that will ensure uninterrupted natural gas supply across the region and boost industrial growth.

He also laid the foundation of a six-lane bridge over the Brahmaputra, which on completion will reduce time between the two river banks from 90 minutes to a 15 minutes.

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