Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that lighthouses play a crucial role in promoting tourism in an area and India has identified 71 lighthouses for this purpose. He said this during his monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’.
PM Modi said lighthouses are unique in terms of tourism and the grand structures have always been a centre of attraction for people. While speaking about lighthouses, the prime minister also mentioned about a unique lighthouse in Jinjhuwada located in Gujarat’s Surendranagar district.
He said, “As we are talking of lighthouses, I would also like to tell you about a unique lighthouse. This lighthouse is at a place called Jinjhuwada in Surendranagar district of Gujarat. Do you know why this lighthouse is special?”
“It is special because now the sea coast is more than a hundred kilometres away from where this lighthouse is. You will find such stones too in this village which tell us that there must have been a busy harbour here in the past. That means, earlier the coastline was up to Jinjhuwada. Advancing, receding, moving back, retreating so far away of the sea is also a feature of it.”
PM Modi said, “To promote tourism, 71 lighthouses have been identified in India too. In all these lighthouses, depending on their capacities, museums, amphitheaters, open-air theatres, cafeterias, children’s parks, eco-friendly cottages and landscaping will be built.”
Modernisation of agriculture is crucial, says PM Modi
The prime minister also spoke about modernisation of the agriculture sector, which is the need of the hour.
Laying emphasis on the need to adopt modern practices in the agriculture sector, Modi said in every aspect of life newness and modernisation is essential.
“In India’s agriculture sector, modernisation is the need of the hour. It has been delayed and we have already lost a lot of time,” the prime minister said.
“In order to create new employment opportunities in the agriculture sector, to increase farmers’ income, it is important to adopt new alternatives, innovations along with traditional agricultural practices,” he said.
The country has witnessed this during the white revolution and bee farming is also emerging as one such alternative, he said.
The prime minister’s call for embracing modern practices in agriculture comes at a time when hundreds of farmers have been camping at Delhi’s border points at Ghazipur, Singhu, and Tikri since November last year demanding that the Centre repeal the three contentious farm laws.
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