Dwarka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to poll-bound home state of Gujarat.
During his whirlwind tour, Modi is expected to address as many as six public meetings launching various schemes and projects at five places in three regions of the state.
PM Modi started his visit by offers prayers at Dwarkadhish Temple.
PM Modi laid foundation stone of a RS 962 crore four-lane cable-stayed signature bridge between Okha and Bet Dwarka.
Addressing the gathering PM Modi said: “This is not a bridge of bricks and stones. It’s a link to history. Today I am seeing a very different mood here in Dwarka. There is tremendous enthusiasm here. I know very well that Bet Dwarka has seen a lot of difficult times. But so much has changed.”
“Development of the tourism sector cannot be in isolation. If we want to draw more tourists to Gir, we should also inspire the tourist to visit other parts like Dwarka.
“Building of infrastructure should enhance economic activities and add to the atmosphere of development.”
“When Madhavsinh Solanki ji was Chief Minister, I recall front page advertisements for the CM coming to Jamnagar to inaugurate a water tank. This is how narrow their conception of development was. We have come a long way since then and are looking at more all round and extensive progress.”
On GST the Prime Minister said, “Diwali has come early for our citizens due to the decisions taken in the GST Council. We had said we will study all aspects relating to GST for 3 months, including the shortcomings. And thus, the decisions were taken with consensus at the GST council.”
“The world’s attention is being drawn to India. People are coming to invest here. All this will bring opportunities for the people of India. I see Gujarat contributing actively to the development of India and congratulate the Gujarat government.”