December 4, 2022

Around the world, India is known for startups and Bengaluru plays a big role in strengthening that identity of the country, said PM Modi

BENGALURU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that unlike previous regimes, his government sees speed as India’s aspiration and size as its strength.

He also stressed that in addition to the physical infrastructure, the country’s social infrastructure must also be strengthened in order to move India forward.

“Whether it’s governance or the development of a physical and digital infrastructure, India works at a different level. The world admires the progress India has made in the digital payments system, was that conceivable eight years ago?” Modi said.

Speaking at a mega public event here, he said all of these things, including Made in India and 5G technology, were unimaginable before 2014.

“The reason is that the governments of the time had old thinking. Previous governments believed speed was a luxury and scale a risk, but we have changed the notion, we believe speed is India’s aspiration and scale is India’s strength,” he added.

The prime minister was addressing a public gathering after unveiling a 108-foot statue of Bengaluru founder “Nadaprabhu” Kempegowda and inaugurating Terminal 2 at the international airport nearby.

Speaking about confidence in India for investment around the world, the Prime Minister said Karnataka is also benefiting.

Amid COVID globally, Karnataka has attracted investment of about Rs 4 billion over the past three years and last year the state ranked first in attracting foreign direct investment, he said.

Listing various achievements of Karnataka including IT, BT, defense manufacturing, space technology and electric vehicle manufacturing, among others, he said the state is making strides with the strength of the “dual engine…”.

Modi went on to say that India is known around the world for startups and that Bengaluru plays a big role in strengthening that identity of the country.

“Start-up is not just a business, it’s an emotion, doing something new, thinking differently. Start-up is the belief in overcoming the challenges that are in front of the country. Bengaluru stands for start-up spirit , which puts India in a league of its own,” he said.

The public event was attended by Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, Prime Minister Basavaraj Bommai and several of his cabinet mates, Nirmalanandanatha Swamiji of Adichunchanagiri Math, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi, BJP Board Member BS Yediyurappa, BJP MPs and officials, among others.

Earlier in the day, the prime minister paid floral tributes to the statues of holy poets Kanaka Dasa and Maharshi Valmiki in the grounds of Vidhana Soudha. He also waved off the Vande Bharat Express and Bharat Gaurav Kashi Darshan Train at KSR station here.

Referring to the “Vande Bharat Express,” which he waved off here on Friday, he said it was a symbol that India had now left the days of stagnation behind.

“It’s not just a train, it’s an identity of a new India and a look at what Indian trains will be like in the 21st century,” he said.

He stated that his government aims to transform Indian railways in the next 8-10 years and went on to say that more than 400 Vande Bharat trains, Vistadome carriages, would become the new identity of Indian railways.

Dedicated freight corridors for freight trains will speed up transportation and save time, he said, while highlighting the modernization of train stations across the country, including the state.

For a developed India, connectivity between cities is important and it will take time for air links to expand, Modi said, adding that the country is the fastest-growing air travel market and as the nation advances, so does the number of passengers .

Before 2014, the country had about 70 airports and their number has now doubled to more than 140, he said.

The prime minister said the effort would be to ensure Bengaluru moves forward on the path envisioned by its founder, Nadaprabhu Kempegowda.

He recalled Kempegowda’s plan for settlement development in Bengaluru with trade, culture and convenience at its core, saying its benefits are still being reaped today.

“Pete’s (markets) that he planned are still Bengaluru’s commercial lifeline today.” Bengaluru is an “international city” and we must make it prosper with modern infrastructure while preserving its heritage, he added.

Today Modi unveiled the 108-foot statue of Kempegowda, which the World Book of Records says is the “first and tallest bronze statue of a city founder.”

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