Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at the foundation laying ceremony of Pune Metro project (Phase 1) on Saturday.
PM Modi shared the dais with NCP chief Sharad Pawar at foundation stone laying ceremony of Pune Metro project.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a day's visit to Maharashtra on Saturday, laid foundation stone for the grand memorial of Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Mumbai.
Here are the updates from the PM’s speech at Pune:
# In this nation, the voice of 125 crore Indians will be heard. This voice cannot be subverted by a select few
# After 8th November, the power of the 'big' people has reduced and the power of the poor and those perceived as 'small' has increased
# Pune is a city of learning. Cant this city take the lead in embracing online banking & exploring the facilities available
# If the evils of corruption and black money were removed earlier, I would not have had to take the decisions I took
# In this nation everybody is equal before the law and everyone has to follow the law
# After 8th November, urban local bodies have seen a rise in their income. This makes it possible to spend more resources of development
# We are working on gas grids, water grids, digital network, leveraging space technology, using technology to help farmers
# Earlier infrastructure was only about roads, rail and airports. Now times have changed. We need to cater to people's expectations
# It is our endeavour that whatever projects are taken up are completed within the decided time frame. Delayed projects do not help
# Yes, the gains of the present are vital but we need systems that cater to the needs and aspirations of the future too
# The character & spirit of the village has to be preserved. And at the same time we need to invigorate our villages with good facilities
# There is still time to work as per the law, return the poorer sections their due. Now, there's no chance of escaping
# People who didn't take decisions have harmed the country, I have saved the country
# If timely interventions had been done in the country, I would not have been forced to undertake such hard steps
# How have govt functioned in our country? I don't want to criticise any one but its very painful
# People who have contacts are habituated to breaking the law. However, I made them stand in lines
# People want both highways and i-ways. However, we will have to build optical fibre network for i-ways
# Government of India actively working on the Rurban Mission. This caters to those places that are growing & urbanising quickly
# On the other hand, we need to think long term so that we can mitigate the challenges our urban areas are facing
# India is urbanising at a very quick pace & thus, its essential to work in 2 directions. First is to improve quality of life in villages
Modi landed in the metropolis at 11.30 AM and left for MIDC Patalganga in neighbouring Raigad district where he inaugurated the newly-built campus of the National Institute of Securities Management.
The PM then reached Raj Bhavan and later moved towards Girgaum Chowpatty for the Shivaji Memorial event.
He proceeded to the site in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai coast, where the state government was planning to build a mega memorial for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.