File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday arrived in Daman to launch several development projects worth Rs 1,000 crore in the Union Territory of Daman and Diu.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the launch of various development projects in Daman. pic.twitter.com/t2TpfRCG7P— ANI (@ANI) February 24, 2018
The projects are aimed at boosting the economic development in the Union Territory.
This public meeting in Daman is historic- not only in terms of the number of people who have joined us but also in terms of the development projects being launched from here: PM Narendra Modi in Daman pic.twitter.com/kJaDWU2Cru— ANI (@ANI) February 24, 2018
The Prime Minister flagged off the Pawan Hans helicopter service for passengers travelling to and fro from Daman to Diu and a daily plane service between Diu to Ahmedabad.
While addressing the gathering, PM Modi stressed on the need for connectivity to boost tourism, saying “Daman has now been connected to Diu with air services and therefore people from south India and other parts of the world who want to visit the UT and local destination will increase.”
He also urged the people of Daman to focus on cleanliness, saying the prospects of tourism increases if the place is clean. Daman is a popular weekend getaway from Mumbai, and other parts of Gujarat. Famous for its black sand beaches, Daman also has several forts.
“It is wonderful how Daman has become a mini-India. People from all over the country live and work here," he added.
I congratulate the people and local administration for making Daman open defecation free. This is a big step: PM Narendra Modi pic.twitter.com/Eg9vkat15Z— ANI (@ANI) February 24, 2018
Meanwhile, he urged local fisherman to form small groups and register themselves to avail the benefits of blue revolution.
“The government is taking several steps for the welfare of fishermen. Our entire emphasis on the ‘blue revolution’ is inspired by the commitment to bring a positive difference in the lives of fishermen,” Modi said.
He even promised that the government will provide the fishermen with long boats with which they can venture in deep sea and can get a bigger catch of fish.
Later in the day, the Prime Minister is scheduled to fly to Chennai to launch the Amma Two-wheeler Scheme.
The scheme is the AIADMK government's ambitious project of providing 50 per cent subsidy to all working women to buy two-wheelers.