Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

PM’s address at laying of foundation stone and inauguration of various projects in Puducherry

  • The divinity of Puducherry has brought me back to this holy land once again. Exactly three years ago, I was here in Puducherry.
  • This land has been home to sages, scholars and poets. It also became home to revolutionaries of Mother India.
  • Mahakavi Subramania Bharathi stayed here. Sri Aurobindo set foot on these shores. Puducherry has a presence on India’s western and eastern coast.
  • This land is a symbol of diversity. People speak five different languages, practice different faiths but live as one.
  • Friends, Today, we celebrate the starting of various development works that will improve the life of the people of Puducherry.
  • These works cover diverse sectors. It gives me immense pleasure to inaugurate the re-built Mairie Building.
  • The building has been recreated in its old form retaining the heritage. This will add to the beauty of Beach Promenade and attract more tourists.
  • Friends, India needs world class infrastructure to cater to our development needs. It would make you happy that the foundation stone to four lane the NH 45-A is being laid.
  • This is a 56 Kilometer Sattnathapuram – Nagapattinam stretch covering Karaikal District. Certainly, connectivity will improve.
  • Economic activity will pick speed. At the same time, it will improve access to the holy Saneeswaran Temple.
  • It will also provide easy interstate connectivity to the: Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health. And Nagor Dargah.
  • Friends, The Government of India has made many efforts to improve rural and coastal connectivity. The agriculture sector will gain from this.
  • Across India our farmers are innovating. It is our duty to ensure their produce gets good markets. Good roads do exactly that.
  • The four laning of the road will also draw industries in this area and generate job opportunities for local youth.
  • Friends, Prosperity is closely linked to good heath. In the last seven years, India has made many efforts to improve fitness and wellness.
  • In this context, I am delighted to lay the foundation stone for 400 meters synthetic athletic track at the sports complex here.
  • This is a part of the Khelo India scheme. It will nurture sporting talent among the youth of India. Sports teaches us teamwork, ethics and above all, it teaches us sportsman spirit.
  • With the coming of good sports facilities to Puducherry, youth from this state can excel in national and global sports meets.
  • The 100 bed girls hostel constructed at Lawspet inaugurated today is one more initiative to help sporting talent.
  • This hostel will accommodate hockey, volleyball, weightlifting kabaddi and handball players. The hostel students will train under SAI coaches.