After the inauguration of various projects worth Rs 1,156 crores in Kavaratti, Lakshadweep, Indian Prime Minister Modi said that the area of Lakshadweep may be small, but its heart is huge.
"The area of Lakshadweep may be small, but its heart is huge. I am overwhelmed by the love and blessings I am receiving here. I pay my gratitude to you all," said PM Modi after the inauguration of several projects in Kavaratti.
"In 2020, I guaranteed you that you will get a fast internet facility within the next 1,000 days. Today, the Kochi-Lakshadweep Submarine Optical Fiber Project has been inaugurated. Now, the internet in Lakshadweep will be available at 100 times higher speed," said PM Modi.
"After independence, the only priority of governments that remained at the Centre for decades was the development of their political parties. Far-off states, border areas or those in the middle of the ocean were not given any attention. Notably, in the last 10 years, our government has made border areas and areas at the edge of the sea its priority." added the PM.
Speaking on the blue economy, PM Modi said, "Today, India is focussing on increasing its share in the world seafood market, and Lakshadweep is hugely benefitting from this. Today, the Tuna fish of Lakshadweep is being exported to Japan, and the welfare of fishermen is being fully ensured. Notably, the possibilities related to seaweed cultivation are also being explored in Lakshadweep."
Prime Minister Modi said that the government is committed to the sustainable development of Lakshadweep.
"Our government is committed to the sustainable development of Lakshadweep; the Solar Power Plant present here, which is based on the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), is one such example. Notably, this is Lakshadweep's first battery-backed Solar Project. This project will usher in lesser pollution and lesser impact on the ocean ecosystem of the State," the PM said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of projects worth Rs 1,156 crores in Kavaratti. PM Modi also interacted with beneficiaries of various government of India schemes in Lakshadweep.