GANDHINAGAR, Dec 30: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated multiple projects of the Indian Railway in Kolkata.
Just a short while after he performed the last rites of his mother Heeraben who passed away early this morning, PM Modi joined the event at Howrah Railway Station through video conferencing.
Apologising for not being able to be present physically at the event, PM Modi said, "I was supposed to come to West Bengal but due to personal reasons, I am unable to be there. I seek forgiveness from the people of Bengal."
Speaking at the inauguration event of Railway projects, the Prime Minister said the Central government is making investments to modernise Indian Railways. PM Modi said that metro routes introduced today will further improve the ease of living of citizens of West Bengal.
"I bow to the holy land of Bengal, where the freedom struggle of India began. We started from Vande Mataram and today we have reached up to Vande Bharat," he said.
He further said that in the next eight years, India will see railways on a new journey of modernisation.
"Central government is making record investments to modernise Indian Railways. Now modern trains like Vande Bharat express, Tejas express and Humsafar express are being made in India. In the next eight years, we'll see the railways on a new journey of modernisation," said PM Modi.
PM Modi flagged off the Howrah-New Jalpaiguri Vande Bharat Express and the purple line of the Kolkata Metro. He said that the Howrah-New Jalpaiguri train route will boost connectivity in the North-East sector.
The PM said that the new India is aiming for 475 Vande Bharat trains.
The Prime Minister remembered Bengal's contribution to the freedom movement and said December 30 is a significant day in history. "On December 30, 1943, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose gave the clarion call for Independence and raised the Indian flag in the Andamans," PM Modi said.
The Prime Minister said that for the cleaning of Adi Ganga river, a modern infrastructure worth more than INR 600 crore is being prepared.
"The Government is working towards the cleanliness of the river beds and prevention of contamination by modern sewage treatment plants," he said. The Prime Minister said be it Security, Swacchata or Ease of Living, the Indian Railways is creating a new identity for New India with the efforts of Sabka Prayas.
He further said that the world's most powerful electric locomotives in the world are being rapidly manufactured in India.
"The Indian Railways have established a global identity. The newly launched projects will benefit the logistics sectors. The modern electric engines of India are going global," the PM said. -ANI