Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, on Sunday, said that road connectivity is vital to national development and added that connectivity has the potential to bring a positive change in lives of people living in remote corners of rural India.
While addressing a gathering during the foundation stone laying ceremony of four-laning of Adhelai- Nari section of NH-751in Bhavnagar in Gujarat, VP Naidu said that good connectivity of roads is crucial for development.
The Governor of Gujarat, Shri OP Kohli, Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Mansukh L Mandaviya and others were also present at the venue.
VP Naidu said that infrastructure development ensures social capacity and security. He stressed that connectivity is important in bridging the urban rural divide and asked authorities to give equal priority to rural roads.
They are crucial for all-round development of our country. National Highways symbolize social, economic and business unity of the country, he said.
Expressing concern over the incidents of road accidents, the VP Naidu said that road safety should be paramount and called for creation of medical infrastructure such as ambulances and first aid centres near highways to provide immediate assistance in case of emergency.
The VP called on youth of the country to take active part in the developmental process. He also stressed on the need to provide adequate support, infrastructure to youth to realise their potential.
It is essential that the politics of the country reflect the aspirations of young people, he added.
On the occasion, the Vice President also released the book titled “My Journey in Parliament,” a compilation of questions raised by Mansukh L. Mandaviya.