Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22 May 2017 inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for various projects of the Kandla Port in Kutch district of Gujarat.
The projects include construction of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Convention Center, 14th and 16th Cargo berths, Railway Bridge at Sal junction, Mechanised fertiliser handling facility and purchase of two mobile harbour crane.
Addressing the gathering on this occasion, the Prime Minister said that infrastructure, efficiency and transparency are the vital pillars of economic growth. He said good ports are essential for the progress of India and Kandla has emerged as one of the finest ports in Asia. Modi thanked the people of Kandla for the memorable welcome.
Besides, the prime minister said that the Chabahar port, being developed with Indian participation in Iran, would further spur the growth of Kandla Port. He also suggested the Kandla Port Trust, the largest cargo handling port in India, be renamed as "Deendayal Port Trust - Kandla." This can be done as a tribute to Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay, whose centenary year is being celebrated across India.
Later in the evening, the Prime Minister reached Bhachau to inaugurate a pumping station built on Narmada branch canal for the Kutch region. The pumping station will provide irrigation to about 2 lakh 80 thousand acre farm lands of 182 villages, while it will also provide drinking water to 877 villages and 14 towns of the region.
When: 22 May 2017