Lakshadweep, Feb. 6 (ANI): Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday visited the island of Diu in Daman and Diu to review coastal security, development and governance issues on 4th and 5th this month.
Rajnath reviewed the Coastal Security apparatus, a Coastal Police station and an operational detachment in Daman -Diu during his visit.
The coasts are guarded by the four coastal boats and foot patrol and one coastal police jetty at Daman is already operational. Construction of jetty at Diu is in advanced stage.
The Home Minister inaugurated new coastal police station at Diu and construction of another one is in advanced stage in Daman.
The administrator expressed his gratitude to the Home Minister for the creation of 114 posts for Coastal Police and assured that recruitment will be completed soon and both new coastal police stations will start working in full capacity within six months.
The Home Minister expressed satisfaction on the progress made by the Union Territory for strengthening and upgrading the infrastructure and called for creating even greater synergies amongst all agencies involved in this endeavour.
During the visit, the Home Minister also inaugurated a newly constructed 60 bedded District Hospital with different speciality services built at a cost of Rs.27 crore.
A 3 MW solar power plant was dedicated and foundation stone of a 6 MW plant was laid by the Home Minister.
The commissioning of the plant will make Diu the first district in the country to meet its entire energy requirement from solar energy.
The foundation stone of Government Polytechnic College as part of an education hub and inauguration of an auditorium with a seating capacity of 600 was also done by the Home Minister. In all, the Union Home Minister inaugurated and laid foundation stone of projects worth about Rs.150 crore.
The Home Minister also held meeting with the senior officials of the UT administration and reviewed the development Project in the UTs of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli.
While addressing a gathering at the newly built Auditorium, the Home Minister commended the efforts of the administration in giving a special thrust to the tourism sector and launching a special festival of Diu, which was inaugurated by the President of India for promoting tourism in this territory.
He stated that, the time has now come to give an even greater push to this sector in conjunction with the neighbouring state of Gujarat and develop Diu -Gir – Somnath and Daman – Sanjan – Udwada as tourist circuits.
The Home Minister stated that he will ask the civil aviation minister to start flights on the Ahmadabad-Diu sector at the earliest and will also urge the shipping minister to start Catamaran services between Mumbai, Daman and Diu for improving the sea connectivity between the two parts of this territory.
Rajnath was impressed by the remarkable level of cleanliness maintained in the city. He stated that the city has the potential of becoming a ‘Model Smart City’ in the country having been shortlisted in the 98 cities by the Government.
He also announced that the government has decided to establish a regional centre of the national institute of electronics and information technology in Daman.
The Home Minster assured the people of Daman and Diu that the Central Government is fully committed for providing all necessary support to ensure that the true aspirations of the people are realized. (ANI)