ROHTANG: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a blistering assault on the Congress, saying India’s defence pursuits had been compromised beneath its rule, and asserted nothing is extra vital to his authorities than defending the nation.
Modi hit out on the opposition occasion, which headed the coalition authorities on the Centre throughout 2004-14, after inaugurating the strategically vital 9.02-km Atal Tunnel, the world’s longest freeway tunnel which reduces the space between Manali and Leh by 46 km and the journey time by 4 to 5 hours.

He cited a lot of strategically vital initiatives, from Atal Tunnel to the air strip at Daulat Beg Oldi in Ladakh and Tejas fighter plane manufacturing, to say that they had been delayed or virtually forgotten and questioned as to what “compulsion” and “stress” may need been behind it, with out instantly naming the Congress.
His authorities, the prime minister mentioned, has deployed all its power to develop border infrastructure, including that by no means earlier than has work been finished at such a giant scale, be it constructing roads, bridges or tunnels.

For lengthy, he mentioned, border initiatives may by no means come out of strategy planning stage and people which did acquired caught or had been saved on the again burner.
The then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had inaugurated the method highway to Atal Tunnel in 2002 however the undertaking was virtually forgotten after his authorities was gone, Modi mentioned, concentrating on the Congress-led UPA dispensation.
Work on just one,300 meters was accomplished by 2013-14, he famous, including that the undertaking would have been accomplished by 2040 by this tempo earlier than his authorities took cost in 2014 and speeded it up at an unprecedented fee.

“Our govt elevated the tempo of development from 300 meters/yr to 1400 meters/yr and accomplished the undertaking in 2020,” Modi mentioned.
In simply six years the federal government accomplished the work of 26 years, he mentioned.
Identical to the Atal tunnel, this remedy was meted out to a number of such initiatives, the prime minister mentioned, including that Daulat Beg Oldi air strip remained closed for 4 to 5 many years.

“There was no political will. I can speak about dozens of initiatives which might be vital from the strategic perspective, however for years they had been uncared for,” he mentioned, hitting out on the earlier Congress-led governments.
“Nothing extra vital to us than the nationwide curiosity and defending the nation, however the nation has seen an period when defence pursuits had been compromised,” he mentioned, in an obvious swipe on the opposition occasion.
On this context, he additionally referred to the Kosi mega bridge in Bihar which was envisaged by the Vajpayee authorities and inaugurated by him final month.
The selections of our authorities are an affidavit to that it does what it says, he mentioned.
His authorities has undertaken main reforms in order that defence gear might be made beneath ‘Make in India’, he mentioned, including that fulfilling the defence wants are his authorities’s prime precedence.
Talking of the Atal Tunnel inauguration, Modi mentioned it’s a historic day as not solely has the dream of the previous prime minister been fulfilled however the decades-long wait of individuals of the state can be over.


Atal Freeway Tunnel Inauguration

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Safety personnel stand guard outdoors the world’s longest freeway tunnel on Manali-Leh nationwide freeway.

The tunnel shall be a lifeline not only for Himachal Pradesh but additionally for Leh-Ladakh, he mentioned.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh highlighted on the event the strategic significance of the tunnel, saying it should make troopers’ deployment and motion of weapons and ration simpler. It can even be a giant assist to individuals and tourism sector, he mentioned.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union minister Anurag Thakur had been additionally current on the event.


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