Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while inaugurating Delhi's revamped Pragati Maidan on Wednesday (26 July), made a bold promise of unprecedented growth for the country during his third term in power, propelling India into one of the top three global economies.
In a strong message, he emphasized the remarkable transformation of India's infrastructure, stating, "From east to west, north to south, India's infrastructure is changing... The world's highest rail bridge in India, the longest tunnel at the highest altitude is in India, the highest motorable road, the largest stadium, the largest statue - all of it is in India."
PM Modi assured that economic growth would align with the nation's aspirations. He highlighted the remarkable economic achievements during his tenure, stating, "In our first term, India was in the 10th spot in terms of economy. In my second term, it is the world's fifth-largest economy. On the basis of the track record, I will make the country believe that in the third term, the economy will be among the world's top three," he said.
"In my third term, India will stand among the top three economies. And this is Modi's guarantee," the Prime Minister added.
The event also saw the renaming of the International Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre to "Bharat Mandapam."
The venue became a platform for PM Modi to draw a comparison between the growth achieved in the last nine years and the cumulative progress made over the six decades since Independence.
"In the last 60 years, India managed to electrify only 20, 000 km of rail lines compared to the 40,000 km achieved by his government in the last nine years... Now every month, we are completing 6 km metro line, less than 4 lakh km of village roads... In 2014, Delhi airport's capacity was around 5 crore a year. Now it is 7.5 crore... The number of airports has reached 150," he told the gathering.
Taking a swipe at the opposition, PM Modi referred to those who attempted to hinder the construction of Bharat Mandapam, stating, "These people tried to stop this Bharat Mandapam. It is some people's compulsion to stop every work. In breaking news, what all was showed? So many cases were filed... I am confident that after a while, those people will come here for some lectures or an event."
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