Pune: Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to all to get ready for the fourth industrial revolution and added that next generation infrastructure is being developed for that.
He said, “The country has all the infrastructure required for fourth industrial revolution. The country has an army of innovative minds. With the help of Start-up India and Atal Innovation Mission, India will take the centrestage in the technology sector and Maharashtra, Pune will play a major role.”
Modi laid the foundation stone on the third line of Pune Metro from Shivajinagar to Hinjawadi IT Park which is being developed by Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) under the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) on Tuesday.
Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State for Urban Development Hardeep Singh Puri, District Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, MP Anil Shirole and mayors of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad were present on the occasion.
This was Modi’s fourth visit in Pune since 2014. One was for first anniversary of Smart City Mission and two were related to Metro railway project and one to attend a function of the sugar industry. Modi’s was a 2019-election speech which gave thrust on infrastructure development-related work and policies.
He spoke some lines in Marathi and spoke about Bajirao Peshwa and late Balasaheb Thackeray. He gave credit to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee for metro projects. He said, “Vajpayee started the Metro project in Delhi. Had Atalji’s government got the extension, Mumbai and other cities of Maharashtra would already have metros running. Now ten years later, our government has not only added speed to the metro work but increased the scale of the metro projects.”
Modi said, “Atalji always put emphasis on infrastructural development in rural and urban areas. However, the previous government had different priorities and their vision was different. Our vision is to connect every corner of the country.”
He said, “The country never had shortage of ideas. There was absence of hand holding to shape up these ideas. Our government is not only doing the hand holding but converting ideas into industry.”