Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday highlighted the inseparable hyperlinks of the Brahmaputra with Assam’s life, livelihood and tradition and mentioned it’s not only a river however the manifestation of the state’s ethnic variety and harmonious coexistence.
Virtually launching a collection of improvement initiatives for highway, waterways and digital connectivity named ‘Mahabahu Brahmaputra’, PM Modi particularly talked about the late musician Bhupen Hazarika and mentioned alongside the banks of this mighty river, grew the tradition and civilisation of Assam.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari have been amongst those that attended the occasion at Majuli.
PM Modi mentioned ‘Bard of the Brahmaputra’ Hazarika’s immortal tune ‘Mahabahu Brahmaputra Mahamilanar Tirtha, Koto Yug Dhori Aahise Prakashi Samanyar Tirtha’ (Expansive Brahmaputra is a pilgrimage of concord, for years altogether this river continues to manifest the that means of assimilation) is the true reflection that the river nurtured the harmonious coexistence of the multitude of ethnic communities of Assam.
“The Brahmaputra is not just a river, it is the manifestation of the great saga of Northeast’s ethnic diversity and the region’s harmonious coexistence,” he mentioned.
The Prime Minister mentioned through the years, many issues have modified, nevertheless what has not modified is the Brahmaputra’s numerous blessings within the type of various spiritual, societal and cultural influences on completely different ethnic communities residing on each banks of the river.
“This river is in fact the nerve-centre of the state’s possibility, potentiality and prosperity,” he mentioned.
However, PM Modi mentioned, the irony is that as an alternative of contemplating the Brahmaputra as ‘Assam’s Pride’, all of the years since independence the river was handled as ‘Assam’s Sorrow’ on account of floods and erosion brought on by it.
But, PM Modi mentioned, opposite to prevailing notion in regards to the Brahmaputra, his in addition to Sarbananda Sonowal governments since coming to energy made honest makes an attempt to grasp the river’s innumerable blessings on the folks of the state and its potentiality for development of Assam’s financial system.
“Therefore, I feel immensely delighted to initiate very significant projects today which are an endeavour of our government to maximise the potentiality and possibilities of the river Brahmaputra thereby giving further push to the development journey of the state,” he mentioned.
The tasks embrace building of India’s longest bridge (Dhubri-Phulbari), a bridge connecting island district Majuli with mainland, Ro-Pax ferry companies and modernisation of native vessels.
The Prime Minister additionally highlighted the federal government’s focussed consideration for the event of Majuli, the nation’s largest river island, and mentioned the federal government was dedicated to protect Majuli’s distinctive tradition, its ecology and shield it from erosion and join it with mainland.
PM Modi mentioned he understands that the folks of Majuli whereas taking pleasure of their tradition, id and existence aspired for a life with superior connectivity community, greatest civic facilities, higher healthcare, academic alternatives and an accessible and responsive authorities which may realise their desires and fulfil their expectations.
“Considering this, Majuli has always been a focused area for our government at the Centre and in the state. That is why all these years we have made committed efforts for realising the growth aspirations of the people of Majuli,” he mentioned.
PM Modi mentioned he was completely satisfied to say that there’s a outstanding change in Majuli – be it highway infrastructure, healthcare amenities, tutorial alternatives or governance, change is seen in all places within the island.
Congratulating Mr Sonowal for his dedicated efforts as a consultant of Majuli and in addition because the chief minister for bringing about this speedy change.
“I appreciate the fact that Sarbananda Sonowal-led Assam government immediately after coming to power upgraded Majuli into a district thereby making it India’s first island district,” he mentioned.
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