PM Modi announces Rs 28,000 cr package for new railway lines in Northeast

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Monday, said the Centre will allocate Rs 28,000 crore for the establishment of 14 new railway lines in the Northeast.

Last Updated: May 05, 2015, 01:07 AM IST

Kohima: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Monday, said the Centre will allocate Rs 28,000 crore for the establishment of 14 new railway lines in the Northeast.

PM Modi is on a two-day visit to Nagaland. He greeted the people on the 51st Statehood Day and the Hornbill Festival which is being celebrated across the state today.

"It is a great honour to be here. I greet you during this festive season. This festival seeks to promote, preserve and protect unique cultural diversity of Nagaland. After 50 years of statehood, look back, introspect and take stock of the ground you covered so far. I have seen the strength of your society," the Prime Minister said.

"I took charge as the Prime Minister six months back and I would like to mention the initiatives we have taken for the Northeast. A packaged of Rupees 28,000 crores will be allotted to establish 14 new railway lines in the Northeast," he said.

"People will come to your state for investment and tourism. They will do so because of your biodiversity and climate. Nowadays, if one wants to come to Nagaland from Delhi, it won't take more than a few hours, but a Prime Minister took more than 10 years to reach here," the Prime Minister said.

"There are Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in some parts of the country but here it is a NEZ-Natural Economic Zone. My priority is to tap this NEZ for the Northeast," he added.

Furthermore, he announced scholarships for students from the Northeast saying that 10,000 students will be beneficiaries of the same. He also announced a new scheme to help students and teachers gain exposure at premier educational institutes like the IITs.

PM Modi also announced that apparel manufacturing centres would be set up in each of the eight Northeast states starting with Assam, Nagaland and Sikkim.