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Modi Inaugurate Atal Tunnel in Himachal Rohtang today, World’s Longest Highway Tunnel.



In honour to Former prime minister shri Atal Bihari Vajpaee the Modi government decided to name the Rohtang Tunnel as Atal Tunnel in December 2019 who had passed away the previous year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated the strategically vital all-weather Atal Tunnel, which decreases the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 km and the travel time by four to five hours at Himachal Pradesh’s Rohtang. The Atal Tunnel, built by the Border Roads Organisation, is the longest highway tunnel in the world.

Speaking at the inauguration, PM Modi said the completion of Atal Tunnel not only fulfilled the dreams of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee but put an end to the years of wait of the people of Himachal Pradesh.

Talking about the delay in the project under the previous government, he said that after Vajpayee’s tenure ended, it appeared that the project, too, was forgotten.

“In the year 2002, Atal ji laid the foundation of Approach Road for this tunnel. After Atal ji’s tenure ended, it appeared that this project was also forgotten. The situation was such that by the year 2013-14, only 1,300 meters of work was done for the tunnel,” Modi said.

The Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had decided to construct the strategically important tunnel below the Rohtang Pass on June 3, 2000, and the foundation stone for the access road to the south portal of the tunnel was laid on May 26, 2002. The Modi government decided to name the Rohtang Tunnel as Atal Tunnel in December 2019 to honour the former prime minister who had passed away the previous year.

PM Modi said that it was after 2014, that the pace of the work on the Atal Tunnel was ramped up. “When you have to move on the path of development, when the people of the country have a strong desire for development, then the pace has to be increased. Atal Tunnel work also accelerated after 2014.”

The prime minister added that as a result, where previously 300-meters of the tunnel was being built every year, its speed was increased to 1,400 meters per year. “In just 6 years, we have completed 26 years of work,” PM Modi said.

Modi was accompanied by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat.


For Tiwan & Korean firms Uttar Pradesh emerging as favoured investment hotspot.



As foreign firms expressed intent to invest in UP in a big way, Yogi govt has decided to bring out ‘UP Electronic Manufacturing Policy – 2020’ in August 2020, which is aimed at developing the Electronics sector in all parts of the state.

In a significant milestone for Yogi govt, Electronics Manufacturing Sector has achieved the five-year target in just 3 years by garnering an investment of Rs 20,000 and about 3 lakh employment generation. Many companies from China, Taiwan and Korea are making a beeline to invest in the Electronics sector in Uttar Pradesh and some of those have already arrived in a big way. Recently, Samsung relocated its plant in India from China.

Under the stewardship of Yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh is fast emerging as hotspot destination for multi-national companies mainly from China, Taiwan and Korea. Electronics Manufacturing sector is drawing maximum investment as many firms have shown keen interest in setting up their bases in the state.

”The target of Rs 20,000 crore of investment and employment of three lakh was set to achieve till 2022 but could be achieved two years in advance as as many as 30 investors were attracted by the policies of the government to invest in Electronics sector in the state till 2020,” Industrial Infrastructure and Industrial Development Commissioner (IIDC) Alok Tandon said.

He said, “the new ambience developed by the state government has resulted in Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway area has a well-distinguished Electronics manufacturing hub where many units are coming up. We are receiving intents from several companies regularly as the Electronics Sector is beaming with the activities in the times to come.”

An Electronic Manufacturing Cluster (EMC), designated as TEGNA cluster, is also being set up in NCR where foreign companies like Oppo, 3 Indian companies and 4 Taiwanese companies are setting up their units with an expected investment of Rs 2000.

Buoyed by its success, Yogi government decided to bring out ‘UP Electronic Manufacturing Policy – 2020’ in August 2020, which aimed at developing the Electronics sector in all parts of the state. Uttar Pradesh government, in view of the successful investment scenario in the sector, has also upwardly revised the target to bring fresh investments of Rs 40,000 crore and further generate 4,00,000 employments in the next 5 years.

Under the 2020 policy, 3 Electronics Manufacturing Clusters – an Electronic City near Jewar Airport on Yamuna Expressway, Defense Electronics Manufacturing Cluster (DEMC) in Bundelkhand and a Medical Electronic Manufacturing Cluster in Lucknow-Unnao-Kanpur zone – have been proposed to be established.

Besides, in order to attract investors in establishing manufacturing industries in Bundelkhand and Purvanchal region, various financial incentives have been envisaged in the new policy.

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