According to PTI, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has shown keen interest in developing 1,100 islands and 300 light houses across the nation to tap their tourism potential, in a bid to bolster water infrastructure, Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Government of India, said yesterday. Besides, the government will seek Parliament nod on a Bill for converting 101 rivers into waterways, and Rs 50,000 crore will be spent on developing these in the next two to three years, he said.
“The Prime Minister has asked us to include the proposal to develop 300 light houses and 1,100 islands in a Cabinet note we sent him in connection with developing waterways,” Gadkari said, while addressing a national conference on Inland Waterways organised by FICCI in New Delhi. He said the move, in turn, will lead to augmentation of water infrastructure in the country, which is set for an overhaul in coming years.
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