BY TTT NEWS SERVICE
BENGALURU, 11 NOVEMBER 2022
Bengaluru is a representation of the startup spirit of India, and it is this spirit that makes the country stand out from the rest of the world, says PM Narendra Modi here today.
“Vande Bharat Express is a symbol that India has now left the days of stagnation behind.Airports are creating a new playing field for the expansion of businesses while also creating new employment opportunities for the youth of the nation,” the PM added.
World is admiring the strides India has made in the digital payments system and “Karnataka is leading the way in attracting foreign direct investment in the country, said Narendra Modi.
Be it governance or the growth of physical and digital infrastructure, India is working on a completely different level.Earlier speed was treated as a luxury, and scale as a risk, he added.
“Our heritage is cultural as well as spiritual.Development of Bengaluru should be done as envisioned by Nadaprabhu Kempegowda,” the PM stated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public function in Bengaluru, Karnataka today. Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister paid floral tributes to the statues of saint poet Sri Kanaka Dasa and Maharshi Valmiki at Vidhana Soudha. He also flagged off Vande Bharat Express and Bharat Gaurav Kashi Darshan Train at KSR Railway Station. This was followed by the Prime Minister inaugurating Terminal 2 of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru and unveiling a 108-feet-long bronze statue of Sri Nadaprabhu Kempegowda.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister expressed delight to be present in Karnataka on the occasion of the Jayanti of two great personalities of Karnataka. He paid tributes to Sant Kanaka Das and Onake Obavva. The Prime Minister said that today Karnataka got the first ‘made in India’ Vande Bharat Train that connects Chennai, Startup capital Bengaluru and heritage city Mysore. “Today Bharat Gaurav Kashi Darshan Train, which will enable Ayodhya, Kashi and Prayagraj Darshan for the people of Karnataka, was also launched”, he said.
Speaking about the Terminal 2 of Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, the Prime Minister remarked that the infrastructure is more beautiful and magnificent than the pictures shared yesterday. The Prime Minister also threw light on the monumental statue of Nadaprabhu Kemepegowda and said that it will act as an inspiration to building the Bengaluru and India of the future. Remarking on India’s identity in the world of startups, the Prime Minister said that Bengaluru plays a pivotal role in defining this identity. “Bengaluru is a representation of the startup spirit of India, and it is this spirit that makes the country stand out from the rest of the world”, Shri Modi remarked. The Prime Minister highlighted that this programme is a reflection of the youthful spirit of Bengaluru.
Vande Bharat is not just a train but it is a new identity of New India. “Vande Bharat Express is a symbol that India has now left the days of stagnation behind. We are moving with a goal for the total transformation of India Railways.” More than 400 Vande Bharat Trains and Vista Dome Coaches are becoming the new identity of India Railways. Dedicated freight corridors will increase the speed of freight transportation and save time. Rapid Broad Gauge conversion is bringing new areas to the railways’ map. Talking about the modernization of railway stations, the Prime Minister said Sir M. Visvesvaraya Terminal, Bengaluru railway station is providing a much-enhanced experience to the commuters. Other stations, including in Karnataka, are being taken for upgradation, he informed.
Throwing light on the vision of a developed India, the Prime Minister said that connectivity between cities will play a crucial role and it is also the need of the hour. The Prime Minister said that the new Terminal 2 of Kempegowda Airport will add new facilities and services to boost connectivity. He pointed out that India is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world when it comes to air travel and the number of passengers travelling by air is also growing rapidly. The Prime Minister informed that there were only 70 airports in the country before 2014, but today this number has doubled to more than 140. “Airports are creating a new playing field for the expansion of businesses while also creating new employment opportunities for the youth of the nation”, Shri Modi remarked.
The Prime Minister pointed out that Karnataka is reaping the benefits of the beliefs and aspirations that the entire world has shown towards India. The Prime Minister drew everyone’s attention to the investment of Rs 4 lakh crore in Karnataka that happened when the world was struggling with the covid pandemic. “Last year, Karnataka led the way in attracting foreign direct investment in the country”, he added. He further elaborated that this investment is not only limited to the IT sector but ranges from biotechnology to defence. He informed that Karnataka has a 25 percent share in the aircraft and space-craft industry of India. He also noted that approximately 70 percent of aircraft and helicopters that are made for India’s defence are manufactured in Karnataka. Shri Modi added that more than 400 companies from the Fortune 500 list are functioning in Karnataka.