Narendra Modi lays foundation stone for Navi Mumbai airport
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the aviation sector in India is poised for a huge growth in the coming years.
A day before the Jayanti of the great Shivaji Maharaj, I got the opportunity to come to Maharashtra. Globalisation is a reality of our times and to keep pace with it, we need top quality infrastructure. The Sagarmala project is ushering development of ports. The government is devoting significant efforts towards the development of waterways Mr. Modi said.
“Issue of Navi Mumbai airport has been pending for years. This is not the only project that is pending.
When I assumed office, I realised there were several such projects.
That is why, we began a Pragati initiative and gave priority to completion of projects.”
“In our country, nearly 450 planes are operational. 900 new planes will be next target. Aviation sector is moving ahead,” he said.
Aviation sector worldwide is moving very fast… we cannot afford to lag-Narendra Modi
Since 70 years, there was no aviation policy in India, which we have implemented recently to provide all-round connectivity to the remotest corners of India at affordable rates,” Modi said at the foundation stone laying ceremony for the Rs 16,000 crore Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) and inauguration of the country’s largest container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), built at a cost of Rs 4,719 crore.
“We want people wearing ‘hawai-chappal‘ to be able to fly in a ‘hawai-jahaz‘… because the aviation sector has huge potential of giving over three-and-half times returns as from investment of Rs 100, we can get Rs 350 in a period of time by boosting trade and commerce, movement of people, tourism and all-round development,” he said.
Referring to the development of ports, the Sagarmala Project, and terrestrial projects in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, Modi said the country needs world-class infrastructure for progress.