Maoist hot­bed Bas­tar now on avi­a­tion map

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

Bhi­lai: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said on Thurs­day that devel­op­ment is the only so­lu­tion to “counter con­spir­a­cies and vi­o­lence”.

He flagged off the first flight from Jag­dalpur to Raipur, putting Maoist-hit Bas­tar on the coun­try’s avi­a­tion map. He also ded­i­cated a state-of-the-art in­te­grated com­mand and con­trol cen­tre at Naya Raipur — the state’s new cap­i­tal — that will bring su­per­vi­sion of all civic fa­cil­i­ties un­der one roof.

“Ear­lier, Bas­tar was known for guns, bombs and vi­o­lence. To­day, it is on the avi­a­tion map. The 6-7 hours of road travel to the state cap­i­tal has been re­duced to just 40 min­utes,” the PM said.

Many mis­guided youth have re­turned to the main­stream of so­ci­ety be­cause of devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives un­der­taken by the BJP-led NDA gov­ern­ment, Modi said in steel city Bhi­lai af­ter launch­ing Rs 22,000 crore worth of devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives, from in­dus­tries and ed­u­ca­tion to avi­a­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

PTI

PM Modi dur­ing a visit to the Bhi­lai Steel Plant on Thurs­day

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