Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on a Gujarat visit currently, laid the foundation stone of a bridge between Okha and Bet Dwarka on Saturday. PM Modi after laying the foundation stone of the Okha-Bet Dwarka bridge addressed a public rally and said, “Building of infrastructure should enhance economic activities and add to the atmosphere of development. I see Gujarat contributing actively to the development of India and congratulate the Gujarat Government.”

Reaching out to the masses, PM Modi while speaking at the foundation ceremony event said, “When there is trust in a government and when policies are made with best intentions, it is natural for people to support us for the best interests of the nation.” Before giving way to the foundation ceremony, PM Modi had offered prayers at Dwarkadhish Temple.

“Today I see a very different mood here in Dwarka. There is tremendous enthusiasm here. What we are working towards is not merely a bridge to reach Bet Dwarka, it connects us to our history and culture. I still recall how tough it was for people of Bet Dwarka. Lack of infrastructure meant transportation was tough, people faced difficulties if an emergency came up. We wanted to change this with a push on infrastructure,” PM Modi said.

Hailing recent changes made in GST rate after the 3rd GST council meet which was held on October 6, PM Modi 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.”

Speaking on issues concerning farmers, PM Modi said that they are taking steps to ensure greater income for the farmers. Addressing fishermen problems, PM Modi said, “To make life of our fishermen better, we have to empower them. Government will give them loans on less interest so that they can buy bigger boats.” 

Here are the highlights of PM Modi’s address in Dwarka, Gujarat

  • We want development of ports and port-led development. The blue economy should help further the progress of India.
  • Government of India is taking steps towards the empowerment of fishermen. We do not want our fishermen to live in poverty, we want to create more opportunities for them.
  • Kandla Port is seeing unprecedented growth. This is because we devoted resources to improve the port. New lease of life was added to Alang, steps were taken for the welfare of the labourers working there. These are steps we are taking towards development.
  • Marine policing is a sector we are looking at very closely. We are modernising marine security apparatus. An institute for this will be set up in this Devbhoomi of Dwarka. The institute will draw people and experts from all over India.
  • The common citizen of India wants the fruits of development to reach him or her. Nobody wants their children to live in poverty. We want to help our people fulfill that dream and want to fight poverty.
  • 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.

Prime Minister will later visit Chotila, in Surendranagar district of Gujarat. The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stones for a greenfield airport at Rajkot, 6-laning of Ahmedabad-Rajkot National Highway and 4-laning of Rajkot-Morbi State Highway. PM will also dedicate a fully automatic milk processing and packaging plant and a drinking water distribution pipeline for Joravarnagar and Ratanpur area of Surendranagar.