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NE could be entry point to Asia, says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi acknowledging the crowd during the inauguration of Palatana's second unit in Gomati district on Monday. - Photo: Correspondent
 AGARTALA, Dec 1 – Predicting a bright future of the North East, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the ‘backward’ region would be a entry point to the Asian nations.

While dedicating the second unit of Palatana power plant to the nation, he said the days are not far when the NE would be an entry point to Asia.

Asserting that energy, peace and approach play key role in speeding up development, he said an agreement has already been inked with Japan to develop a road connecting Myanmar. “If the plan is implemented, the North East will be benefited immensely”, he said.

“We want creation of modern infrastructure to speed up development process in the entire NE. I have been touring the region for the past three days and I am of the view that the NE requires due attention to intensify the pace of development”, he said.

Modi said the NE has the potential to bring about a second Green Revolution by promoting organic farming. “If the NE strives for organic farming, it can capture a substantial market in the world”, he said.

In his speech, Modi said white (milk) revolution, tourism, energy and solar energy could also appear a major sector in which the region could fare well. “We want to change the fortune of not only Tripura but also the entire NE by way of speeding up development pace’, he said.

Referring to Chief Minister Manik Sarkar’s demand for setting up a fertiliser manufacturing factory and small size petrochemical factory by using available natural gas, he only said, “We also want this” without giving any specific assurance.

Praising Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Modi said, “Setting up such a big plant - 726 MW power project is a great achievement for a State like Tripura. It would not have been possible if the Bangladesh Government had not allowed Indian companies to use its soil to bring big size machineries meant for the 726 MW power plant. I am really thankful to the Bangladesh premier”.

He added, “India is ready to supply power to Bangladesh if it wants to buy.

While Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan gave the welcome address, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, Bangladesh Prime Minister’s Advisor Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury also spoke in the programme.

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