Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was on a day’s visit to his home state of Gujarat, dedicated to the nation the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial at Dandi on the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday. The memorial recreates the landmark event in the history of India’s freedom struggle when Mahatma Gandhi led the Salt Satyagraha March popularly known as the Dandi march against the salt tax imposed by the British in 1930.
Prime Minister Modi, who earlier in the day laid the foundation stone for extension of the terminal building of Surat airport, in his address to a gathering said a government with total majority could take bold decisions and work freely for the development of the nation.
“Because you have given us majority that is why we are able to take tough decisions," the Prime Minister said, adding his government had worked for the middle class.
“India had a hung Parliament for 30 years due to which its progress was hit. Four years ago people gave us a majority after which the country is progressing rapidly," Modi said, adding that the present government had shown how a majority government could work.
“The work we have done in five years, it would have taken 25 years for previous governments," Modi said.
Modi inaugurated and laid foundation stones for various development works worth ₹1,058.65 crore in Surat.
Comparing the performance of his government with that of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Modi said, “In four years of our rule, we constructed 1.30 crore houses while during UPA rule they built 25 lakh houses."
With a construction cost of ₹354 crore with an area of over 25,500 square metres, the Surat airport terminal building is being extended. It will be an eco-friendly building, using solar energy and LED lighting. Once work of the new terminal is over, it will be able to handle 26 lakh passengers, up from 4 lakh at present.
The Prime Minister lauded the civil aviation ministry's UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme -- a regional connectivity scheme that makes flying affordable for the masses -- saying it would boost development of the country's aviation sector.
“We want to make air travel accessible to everybody. UDAN has immensely helped to boost air connectivity in India. UDAN has added 40 airports to the map of India. The government is planning to develop more such airports across the country," he added.