PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Jammu & Kashmir tunnel

Earlier today, PM Modi inaugurated the 10.89 km long Chenani-Nashri all-weather road tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

"Now there are only two roads before youth of Kashmir which will decide their fate".

Modi said the state had the potential to have the highest per capita income and to realise this, the people need to walk with the government, shoulder-to-shoulder. For last 40 years so much blood has spilled, but nothing has been achieved.

"I want to tell the youth of Kashmir Valley what is the strength of a stone".

The prime minister drew a contrast between "misguided" stone-pelters who have been clashing with security forces and "the youth of Kashmir who are using the same stones to build infrastructure".

Calling the Chenani-Nashri tunnel a ray of hope for climate change activists, Prime Minister Modi promised to build 9 more tunnels.

"It is a matter of great pride for the people of Jammu and Kashmir that this great tunnel is being dedicated to the nation by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi - the most popular PM". In this connection, he referred to huge losses incurred by farmers and fruit growers when on account of closure of national highway their fruit and other yield get perished on way to markets in Delhi. "The inauguration of tunnels will also help (sic) to join the hearts of the people", she said. "Tourism will also bring economic growth", he vouched.

Modi promised to boost the region's tourism infrastructure, saying that the new tunnel would ensure that tourists were not stranded because of bad weather.

It is because of these reasons that the Prime Minister's call to Kashmiri youths assumes significance. "We will prove how they (Pakistan) destroyed your future", he said.

Modi said on Sunday the government and people of the state would show "those people in the other side of Kashmir" - those living in the Pakistan-administered side - how they are being left behind in growth and development. The Prime Minister thanked the Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari and his team for the tunnel and appreciated the youth for contributing their labour for the development of the state.

  • Leroy Wright