New approach of India: PM Modi after inaugurating Arunachal Pradesh’s first greenfield airport | India News – Times of India

GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated Donyi Polo airport, the first greenfield airport and the fourth operational airport in Arunachal Pradesh, a state bordering China and Myanmar. With this the total commercial airport count in the northeast region went up to 16.
“This is a new era of expectations and aspirations and today’s programme is a perfect example of the new approach of India,” the PM said in his address at the inauguration function at Holongi in the frontier state.
The PM added that in the seven decades of independence, only nine airports were built in the northeast till 2014. “In a short span of the last eight years, seven airports have been built in the northeast. This rapid development of airports in the region reflects the special emphasis on enhancing connectivity in the northeast,” he said.
“In the post-independence period, the northeast region faced indifference and neglect. It was (former prime minister) Atal (Bihari Vajpayee) ji’s government which gave attention to the region and created a separate ministry for the northeast. Later, that momentum was lost but after 2014, a new chapter of the development began,” PM Modi said.
He added earlier, remote border villages were treated as the last ones. “Our government worked by considering the villages in the border areas as the first ones of the country. This has resulted in making the development of the northeast a priority for the government,” he said.
“Be it culture or agriculture … tourism or trade, telecom or textiles, northeast gets top priority. Be it drone technology or Krishi UDAAN, be it airport connectivity or port connectivity, the government has set the priority of development on northeast,” he said giving examples of the longest bridge in India and the longest railroad bridge, both of which are located in the region.

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