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Modi flags off 1st train connecting Meghalaya

Guwahati: Meghalaya today came on the country's rail map more than six decades after independence, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging off the first train to the northeastern state and favouring privatisation of railway stations.“Railway

PTI PTI Updated on: November 29, 2014 22:07 IST

Talking about connectivity to North-East, Modi said: “Infrastructure is the most important factor to develop North- East. If we want to develop India, we have to develop North East.”

Giving example of good roads in South Korea, he said India, particularly this region, should have better connectivity to leverage its potential.

“The upper middle class in India wants to go for visiting places once or twice a year. They keep searching for good places. If we have good connectivity, then they will come to North-East as it is full of natural beauty and lovely people.

“Once infrastructure is developed, rest all will be done by the public,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister also favoured connecting North-East digitally by installing optical fibre network so that people in remotest area can also avail all facilities of the cyber world.

“We have to take forward ‘Look Act Policy'. We have ‘Look East Policy' and now we will have ‘Act East Policy'.  North East will be the centre of development,” he added.


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