Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for several development projects worth over Rs 11,000 crore in Guwahati, Assam on Sunday. Some of the major projects for which foundation stones were laid include the Kamakhya Temple corridor (Rs 498 crore), the six-lane road from the new airport terminal (Rs 358 crore) in Guwahati, the upgrade of Nehru Stadium to FIFA standards (Rs 831 crore), and a new sports complex in Chandrapur (Rs 300 crore).
The second edition of Asom Mala roads was also kicked off by the PM. This phase will comprise 43 new roads and 38 concrete bridges, with a total investment of Rs 3,444 crore.
PM Modi also laid the foundation stone for an integrated new building of the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, which will be constructed at a cost of Rs 3,250 crore.
He also laid the foundation stones for the proposed Karimganj Medical College and Hospital, which will be constructed at a cost of Rs 578 crore, and the Rs 297 croreUnity Mall in Guwahati.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister emphasized that the launch of these projects would enhance the connectivity of the Northeast region with other South Asian countries. He noted that these initiatives would contribute to increased employment opportunities, particularly in the tourism sector.
Modi highlighted that over seven thousand youth in Assam had renounced violence, pledging to work for the progress of the country. He pointed out the removal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in many regions. The Prime Minister noted the substantial improvement in the healthcare sector, stating that Assam, under BJP governance, had increased its medical colleges from six to twelve. He acknowledged the state’s emerging prominence as a major center for cancer treatment in the Northeast.
Emphasizing the cultural and historical significance of pilgrimage sites, temples, and places of faith in India, Modi stressed their role as enduring symbols of the country’s civilization over thousands of years. He asserted that no country could progress by neglecting its history.
Later, addressing a public meeting in Guwahati, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that the infrastructure development in the North Eastern region by his government would create employment opportunities and boost tourism and sports. He highlighted a significant increase in tourist visits to the North Eastern states over the last decade. Modi mentioned that upon completion of the Kamkhya project, the state could expect a further surge in tourist inflow.