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Friday, 28 November 2014

Narendra Modi's northeast fare: Train line to Meghalaya, power unit and two fests...........

AGARTALA/GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be spending four busy days on his maiden visit to the northeast where he will address the country's top police chiefs, dedicate a train line from Meghalaya to Assam, commission a power project in Tripura and inaugurate a festival each in Nagaland and Manipur. 


Modi begins on November 29 his trip to the northeast region that shares boundaries with China, Myanmar, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal. He will visit Congress-ruled Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, Left-ruled Tripura and Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN)-ruled Nagaland. 

"I would embark on my visit to the northeast. I am eagerly looking forward to being there and interacting with people," PM Narendra Modi tweeted on Saturday morning. The PM also said that "India will not develop till the northeast develops". 

"Modi's four-day stay in the northeastern region is very significant, both politically and otherwise. After former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda (1996-1997), Modi is the second Prime Minister staying several consecutive days in the region to know the area closely," political analyst Tapas Dey said. 

He said: "The state governments in the region are largely dependent on the mercy of the central government as their own revenue is very small and there is no big industry in the region to deal with both economy and unemployment." 

"Modi might declare some state-specific economic packages during his tour," Dey added. 

According to chief ministers of the five states, the state governments would submit memoranda to the Prime Minister demanding several projects covering higher education, infrastructure and health. 

During his visit, Modi will also inaugurate the annual conference of state police chiefs in Guwahati on November 29. The meet is being held outside Delhi for the first time at Modi's instance. 

In Assam, Modi would also flag off the first train from Mendipathar in North Garo Hills of Meghalaya to Dudhnoi in Goalpara district of Assam through remote control from Guwahati. 

Modi will inaugurate Nagaland's biggest annual festival — Hornbill Festival — which also marks the 50th anniversary of creation of Nagaland as a separate state out of the erstwhile Naga Hills district of Assam and the Tuensang Hill Tracts. 

The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the Sangai Festival, which showcases the diverse cultures of Manipur. 

He will then inaugurate the second unit of the 726-MW power project in Palatana in southern Tripura. State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation has commissioned its biggest ever commercial power project at Palatana in southern Tripura. 

The power generation from the first unit (363 MW) of the Rs 9,000-crore Palatana power plant began December 2013 and the second unit (363MW) is expected to start generation after its inauguration.