In a bid to boost economic development in the Union Territory of India, Diu and Daman, PM Modi launched multiple projects worth Rs 1000 crore, and amount that has never been granted for the UT before.

Stressing on the need for connectivity, economic development and boost tourism, PM Modi launched one of the most expensive set of projects dedicated to the Union Territories of Diu and Daman, worth Rs 1000 Crore, today. During the launch, the PM also remotely flagged off the first fight connecting Daman & Diu with Ahmedabad under Udaan scheme to boost local connectivity needed for tourism. Soon after the announcement, PM Modi attended a public meeting in Daman, during which he emphasised on region’s effort to make it one of the pioneers in cleanliness. During his address to the people of Daman, PM Modi said that the government has taken several steps to make that the welfare of fishermen is kept in order.

During launch, Modi said, “Daman has now been connected to Diu with air services and therefore people from south India and other parts of the world who want to visit the UT and local destination will increase.” The Prime Minister flagged off Pawan Hans’s helicopter service for passengers travelling to and fro from Daman to Diu and a daily plane service between Diu to Ahmedabad. PM Modi made parallels with India and Daman and called it ‘Mini India’ as people from all walks of life in the country live and work in the region.

Besides tourism and cleanliness, few projects were dedicated to the welfare of fishermen in the region and urged local fisherman to form small groups and register themselves to avail the benefits of blue revolution. The plan is to provide them with long boats with which they can venture in deep sea and can get a bigger catch of fish. Other infrastructural support and facilities like modernisation of roads, seafront development and flagged off ambulance services will also be catered under the cluster of projects that fall under Rs 1000 crore budget set aside for Diu and Daman.