Prime Minister Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone for the extension of terminal building at Surat Airport here on Wednesday.
The terminal building is being constructed at a cost of Rs.354 crore with an area of over 25,500 square metres. It will be an eco-friendly sustainable building, using solar energy and LED lighting. Once completed, it will have a peak handling capacity of over 1800 passengers.
In the middle of his speech, he observed that a cameraperson who was covering the event, had fainted. He stopped his speech and asked the officers and SPG personnel to urgently arrange for an ambulance for the cameraman.
During his speech, Modi said: “The previous government (UPA) made 25 lakh houses across India. To provide shelter to the poor people, the BJP-led central government has made 1.30 crore houses in the last four years. If they had to do the amount of work I am doing, then they would have taken 25 more years.
He added, “The change that people are witnessing in India is because of the power of the vote and not the power of Modi. For 30 years, coalition governments ran the country. All of them took their benefit from it. One prime reason behind the development of india is that people have given votes intelligently and gave freedom to the country from coalition.”
The PM went on to add that the “young generation can see that, the government with a fruitful majority can take strong as well as big decisions. It can take the country forward powerfully. The government with a fruitful majority is answerable too. Today anybody can ask me, ‘What have you done in the last four-and-half years?’ If it was a coalition government, I could have made excuses,”PM Modi said.
“The government is making all efforts to connect India through air connectivity. For this, 17 airports have been upgraded in the last three-four years. Besides air connectivity, the government is also working towards making Passport Seva Kendra available. We don’t want people to go to big cities for passports. In 2014, there were 80 Passport Seva Kendra in India. With the BJP government’s efforts, the numbers have now gone over 400.”he added.
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— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 30, 2019
This is the second visit of the Prime Minister to Gujarat this month. Prime Minister Modi earlier visited Surat on 19 January 2019, to dedicate the Armoured System Complex at Hazira. He attended the Vibrant Gujarat summit on January 17 and 18, 2019, at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.