The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has said that infrastructure projects such as roads and power are the first pre-requisite of development. He added that once infrastructure is in place, development and quality of life improves.
Narendra Modi said this while addressing a public meeting after laying the foundation stone for three highway projects at Sonepat in Haryana on Thursday.
The three 341-km-long highway projects costing Rs 13,802 crore include Western Peripheral Expressway, Eastern Peripheral Expressway and eight-laning of the highway section from Mukarba chowk (Delhi) to Panipat.
Narendra Modi said these highways would give pace to Haryana’s growth. Addressing the public, Modi said that it is not money that builds roads, but it is roads which generate money.
The PM said the Union Government was working towards removing bottlenecks and simplifying procedures to speed up implementation of infrastructure projects. He mentioned the Pragati interactions with various ministries and states that he chairs every month, to resolve issues in pending projects.
Reiterating his vision of connecting 18000 unconnected villages with power supply within 1000 days, Modi said that his endeavour was also to ensure 24×7 power supply to all parts of the country by 2022.
Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Ch. Birender Singh, the Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, P. Radhakrishnan, Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar were present on the occasion.