Last time BJP government under then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was instrumental in pioneering Golden Quadrangle that was aimed at connecting major cities across the country from south to north and east to west by road.
Ten years after, BJP-led government under PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday unveiled a mega-project — Sagarmala — to connect all coastal cities focusing on “port-led development”.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), in a statement, said the project was proposed to connect all coastal cities in the country through road, rail, ports and airports through a special development package, to enhance the unique trading characters of coastal cities in consonance with their sea-side culture.
At a high-level meeting in New Delhi on connectivity-related infrastructure sectors, Modi reviewed the progress of achieving targets in the roads, railways, shipping and civil aviation sectors, the statement said.
“The prime minister said he looked forward to a special meeting with all coastal states to discuss the sectors of infrastructure, coastal security, island development, tourism, entertainment and biodiversity in an integrated, holistic manner,” it added.
The statement said following the decision to allow 100 percent foreign equity in railways, 20 projects in 10 sectors have been identified for FDI.
The railways have also fabricated a new wagon for transport of salt, which will lead to a 40 percent increase in the carrying capacity, it added.