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Orders for 900 planes in a year means aviation sector is growing fast: Modi

Globalisation is a reality and top infrastructure is needed to keep pace with it, said PM Modi

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

modi, nagaland, meghalaya, tripura, election commission
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The government is transforming the aviation sector and focusing on providing connectivity and making affordable, said today.

"Our aviation sector is growing tremendously. This makes quality infrastructure in the aviation sector important. Our government brought an aviation policy that is transforming the sector," he said.

"Aviation will also boost the tourism sector in the country," said at an event in Navi Mumbai after performing the groundbreaking ceremony of and dedicating the 4th container terminal at to the nation.

"Around 450 aircraft are now operational in India, including those owned privately. This is the figure since Independence. However, just within last one year, there have been orders for 900 new planes," said.

Modi stressed the need to strengthen infrastructure capacity to meet the rising demand for

The Sagarmala project for port development is ushering not only development of ports but also port-led development, Modi said.

"Globalisation is a reality and top infrastructure is needed to keep pace with it," Modi said.

"If we have to carve out a place in a globalised world, we need to enhance our waterways," he added.

New railway lines for Mumbai, waterways and a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the will be completed by 2020, Modi said.

First Published: Sun, February 18 2018. 20:46 IST