Prime minister Narendra Modi The government has attributed the success of ‘Operation Ganga’ to India’s growing influence on the global stage to rescue its citizens from war-torn Ukraine. Prime Minister Modi said that even big countries are finding it difficult to evacuate their people from war-torn Ukraine, but “it is the effect of India’s growing influence that we have been able to bring thousands of students home”. ‘
“We are safely evacuating thousands of people stranded in the war-torn region under Operation Ganga,” Modi said at the inauguration ceremony of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Symbiosis University in Maharashtra. He also inaugurated the university’s Arogya Dham. The Prime Minister inaugurated the Metro Rail project in Pune city earlier in the day and traveled by train for 10 minutes after taking a ticket from the ticket window.
The 12-km stretch of the 32.2-km-long metro rail line in Pune was inaugurated at the Garvade metro station, from where the Prime Minister boarded the train. He got down at Anandnagar station, located about five kilometers away. During the visit, the Prime Minister interacted with students with disabilities, some of whom were visually impaired.
Before inaugurating the Metro service, Prime Minister Modi unveiled a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the premises of the Pune Local Bodies Office. Addressing a public meeting at the MIT College campus after laying the foundation stone of various projects, Prime Minister Modi said that the central government wants to strengthen the public transport system, including the Metro project.
He said, “With the increase in population in the cities, many opportunities also arise, but with them also come challenges. Flyovers in cities can reduce the problems to some extent. With the increasing population, how many flyovers can we build and how to widen the roads?” He said, “In such circumstances, we have only one option, and that is public transport. This is the reason why our government is emphasizing on increasing public transport and metro rail connectivity.
In his speech, Modi also took a dig at the previous Congress-led governments for the delay in completion of important projects. “Earlier (in the previous governments), there used to be a ceremony to lay the foundation stone, but no one knew when the project would be inaugurated,” he said.
Regarding the new policy of infrastructure-led development in the country, the Prime Minister said that the most important thing for the development of modern infrastructure in the country is the speed and scale (speed of completion of the project and its scale/size). “But for decades, we had such a system that important projects used to take a long time to complete. The development of the country was also being affected by such careless attitude.
Modi met cartoonist R. Of. Inaugurated online an ‘art gallery’ cum museum dedicated to Laxman. Addressing students in Pune, the Prime Minister said his generation is fortunate that it does not face the hardships of the “psychology of defense and subordination”.
The Prime Minister said that in 21st century India, we have to make our cities more modern, and add new facilities. He said, “Keeping in mind the cities of the future in India, the Center is working on several projects simultaneously. Our government aims to strengthen green transport, encourage electric buses, cars and e-bikes. People should use the car only when needed.
Praising the RERA Act, the Prime Minister said that the Center has made this Act (RERA – Real Estate Regulation and Development) in order to protect the buyers of flats. The Prime Minister said that the Center is emphasizing on promoting the use of biofuels with the aim of reducing dependence on crude oil and reducing pollution.
Before the Prime Minister reached Pune, Congress and NCP workers staged a protest, alleging that Modi has insulted the state by talking about the spread of Kovid from Maharashtra to other states.