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India trying to make Chabahar Port operational by 2019: Gadkari


Dushanbe/New Delhi, India is trying to make Chabahar Port in Iran operational by 2019 and the opening up of the Port will make CIS countries more accessible, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari has said. Mr Gadkari was addressing the Indian Community at the inauguration of the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre at the Indian Embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Thursday, a Ministry statement said here on Friday. The Minister also spoke at length about the efforts and initiatives taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA Government in the last four years to bring qualitative change in the lives of people. He also talked about the work being done in the infrastructure sector, with National Highways being built at an unprecedented pace of 28km per day. "India's image and respect has grown across the world in the last four years and our rankings have improved globally on various parameters like ease of doing business and cleanliness," he added. The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre at Dushanbe would offer classes in Hindi, Sanskrit, Yoga and several performing arts like music and dance to the Indian diaspora as well as Tajik people. The Centre had generated a lot of interest and excitement amongst the people of that country. The Minister was on a two day official visit to Tajikistan to represent India at the high level global conference on “International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development”.

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