NEW DELHI: Indirectly slamming Opposition for criticising the Central Vista project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that they never mentioned the Defence Offices Complexes are also a part of the project as that would expose their ‘falsity’, adding that modern infrastructure is pertinent for economic development of the country.
While interacting with Army, Navy, Air Force and Civilian Officers during the inauguration ceremony of the Defence Offices Complexes at Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Africa Avenue in the national capital, the Prime Minister said: “The people who were criticising the Central Vista project never mentioned the Defence Offices Complexes, which is also part of the Centra Vista… They knew their falsity would be exposed.” “When we are focusing on ease of living and ease of doing business, modern infrastructure plays an equally important role. This is the idea behind the work that is being done in the development of the Central Vista,” PM Modi said.
Mentioning the importance of the new complexes, he said: “These new Defence office complexes will now make it feasible for our armies to operate in better working conditions with all modern amenities.”
“The construction of the Defence Offices Complexes completed within 12 months amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This provided employment to hundreds of labourers during the challenging pandemic period.”
He also hoped that the construction of the new Parliament building will be completed in the time frame given earlier.
Speaking at the same event, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said: “Previous buildings were in a tattered state, affected working conditions of our officers, optimum utilisation of space was not done, which is why this complex has been brought up. Over 7,000 workers can be accommodated in good working conditions.”
The new Defence Offices Complexes will accommodate around 7,000 officials from the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces, including the Army, Navy and Air Force. The buildings will provide modern, secure and functional working spaces.
An Integrated Command and Control Centre has been established for managing building operations, while also catering to the end to end safety and surveillance of both the buildings.
The new Defence Office Complexes are state-of-the-art and energy-efficient, with comprehensive security management measures. One of the defining features of these buildings is the use of new and sustainable construction technology called LGSF (Light gauge steel frame), which reduced construction time from 24-30 months in the case of conventional RCC construction. The buildings utilize resource-efficient green technology and promote environment-friendly practices. (ANI)
Modi praises unsung heroes of India’s freedom struggle
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that there were several ‘unsung heros’ who sacrificed their lives during the freedom struggle of the country but it is unfortunate that their struggle is not known to the generations.
While laying the foundation stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh, the Prime Minister said that 21st century India is rectifying the mistakes committed during the previous century.
“There were many great personalities who sacrificed their everything during the freedom struggle of the country but their struggle stories have remained untold. Many generations do not know their stories. The 21st century India is correcting those mistakes made during the 20th century.”
“As a Prime Minister of the country, I feel privileged that I am laying the foundation stone of a university being built in the memory of a visionary and great freedom fighter like Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh,” PM Modi said.
“Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh ji not only fought for the independence of India, but he also contributed actively in the foundation of building the future of India. He used his experience to modernise the education system of the country,” he said.
During his speech, he also remembered former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh and said: “I am missing former CM Kalyan Singh’s presence today. He would have been very happy with the development of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh University.”
He also took the occasion to greet people in Uttar Pradesh for Radha Ashtami.
“It is a big day for Aligarh and west UP. The occasion of Radha Ashtami today makes it more holy. I wish you all a happy Radha Ashtami,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh.
Prime Minister also visited the exhibition models of Aligarh node of Uttar Pradesh Defence Industrial Corridor and Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University.
UP Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were also present.
The University is being established by the State Government in memory and honour of the great freedom fighter, educationist, and social reformer, Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh.
The University is being set up in a total area of over 92 acres at village Lodha and village Musepur Kareem Jarouli of Aligarh’s Kol tehsil. It will provide affiliation to 395 colleges of the Aligarh Division, informed the official communique.
The establishment of a Defense Industrial Corridor in Uttar Pradesh was announced by the Prime Minister while inaugurating the Uttar Pradesh Investors Summit in Lucknow on February 21, 2018.
A total of 6 nodes – Aligarh, Agra, Kanpur, Chitrakoot, Jhansi and Lucknow – have been planned in the Defense Industrial Corridor. In the Aligarh node, the land allocation process has been completed and land has been allotted to 19 firms, who will invest Rs 1245 crore in the node.
The Defense Industrial Corridor of Uttar Pradesh will help in making the country self-reliant in the field of defense production and promoting ‘Make in India’.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also be present on the occasion. (ANI)