Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that unlike previous regimes, his government believes speed as India’s ambition and scale as its strength. He also stressed that in addition to the physical infrastructure, the social infrastructure of the country needs to be strengthened for India’s progress. “Whether it’s governance or developing physical and digital infrastructure, India operates at a different level. The world admires the progress India has made in the digital payment system, was it imaginable eight years ago?” said Modi. He said all these things, including Made in India and 5G technology, were unimaginable before 2014, he said at a mega-public event.
“The reason for this is that the governments of the time had an old way of thinking. Previous governments believed that speed is a luxury and scale is a risk, but we have changed the idea: we believe speed is India’s ambition and scale is India’s strength,” he added.
The prime minister addressed a public rally after the unveiling of a 30-meter-tall statue of Bengaluru founder ‘Nadaprabhu’ Kempegowda and the inauguration of Terminal 2 of the International Airport nearby.
Speaking about the sense of confidence in India for investment around the world, the Prime Minister said, Karnataka is also reaping the benefits. Amid COVID globally, Karnataka has attracted about Rs four lakh crore investments over the past three years, and last year the state was the first in raising FDIs, he said.
Listing various achievements of Karnataka, including IT, BT, defense manufacturing, space technology and electric vehicle manufacturing, he said, the state is making progress with the power of “twin engine…”
Modi went on to say that India is known around the world for start-ups and Bengaluru plays a big role in strengthening this identity of the country. “Start-up is not just a company, it is an emotion to do something new, to think differently. Start-up is a belief to solve the challenges that lie ahead of the country. Bengaluru represents start-up spirit, which puts India in a separate league,” he said.
Karnataka Governor Thawarchand Gehlot, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and some of his cabinet colleagues, Nirmalanandanatha Swamiji of Adichunchanagiri Math, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi, BJP Parliamentary Board Member BS Yediyurappa, BJP lawmakers, civil servants, among others attended the public event.
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister paid floral tribute to the statues of the holy poet Kanaka Dasa and Maharshi Valmiki on the grounds of Vidhana Soudha. He also marked the Vande Bharat Express and Bharat Gaurav Kashi Darshan train at the KSR train station here.
The ‘Vande Bharat Express’, which he flagged off here on Friday, he said is a symbol that India has left its days of stagnation behind. “It’s not just any train, but an identity of a new India and a glimpse of what Indian trains will look like in the 21st century,” he said. He stated that in the next 8-10 years his government will focus on the transformation of Indian Railways, further said that more than 400 Vande Bharat trains, Vistadome carriages, will become the new identity of Indian Railways.
Dedicated freight corridors for freight trains will speed up transportation and save time, he said, highlighting the modernization of train stations across the country, including in the state. For a developed India, connectivity between cities is important, and it is the question of time for air connectivity to be expanded, Modi said, the country is the fastest growing market for air travel, and as the country progresses, the number of passengers is also increasing.
Before 2014, the country had about 70 airports, and their number has now doubled to more than 140, he said. The prime minister said the effort will be to ensure Bengaluru makes progress on the path its founder Nadaprabhu Kempegowda had envisioned. He recalled Kempegowda’s planning for the development of a settlement in Bengaluru, with trade, culture and convenience at its core, and said its benefits are being reaped even today.
“Petes (markets) he planned is Bengaluru’s commercial lifeline even today.” Bengaluru is an “international city” and we need to make it prosperous with modern infrastructure, while preserving its heritage, he added. Earlier today, Modi unveiled the 30-meter-tall statue of Kempegowda, which according to the World Book of Records is the “first and tallest bronze statue of a founder of a city.”
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