Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of various development projects worth around Rs 3580 crore in Junagadh. These projects in Junagadh include the improvement of coastal highways along with the construction of missing links, two water supply projects and the construction of a godown complex for storage of Agri products.
On this occasion, he recalled the tough times of drought and migration from the region. PM Modi said, “Maa Narmada was a distant place of pilgrimage, with the hard work of people, Maa Narmada has reached villages of Saurashtra to give her blessings. I appreciate the farmers of Junagadh for promoting natural farming with full dedication.” The PM also highlighted that the taste of Kesar Mangoes grown in Gujarat is reaching every part of the world.
Gujarat has the largest coastline and the PM considers this our strength. He said, “The same seas that were considered as adversity are now reaping the benefits of our efforts. The Rann of Kutch which was marred by troubles is now leading the way forward for the development of Gujarat. Apart from Junagadh, the new Coastal Highway is going to pass through many districts of Porbandar, Jamnagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Morbi to Central and South Gujarat which will strengthen the connectivity of the entire coastline of Gujarat.”
Porbandar & Somnath
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for the holistic development of Krishan Rukshamani Mandir, Madhavpur and sewage and water supply projects and for maintenance dredging at Porbandar Fishery Harbour. In Gir Somnath, he laid the foundation of two projects, including the development of a fishing port at Madhwad. He termed the area comprising Junagadh, Gir Somnath and Porbandar as the tourism capital of Gujarat. He said “Even after I left Gujarat to take up responsibilities at the Centre, it was the team of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel who took care of Gujarat with the same set of values and traditions. Today, Gujarat is developing at a rapid pace and Porbandar, and Somnath have become tourist places.”
Sagar Khedu scheme
The Prime Minister recalled that, as Chief Minister, he had launched the SagarKhedu scheme for the welfare of the fishermen community. Due to these efforts, fish export from the state increased seven times. He informed that for the first time ever farmers, animal husbandry workers and Sagar Khedu fishermen were connected to the services of the Kisan Credit cards scheme and it simplified the process of availing of a loan from the bank. “As a result, 3.5 crore beneficiaries are availing of its services.”