India to Make Northeast a Gateway to Southeast Asia

7 May 2017

The Government of India has initiated major infrastructure projects in seven states in its bid to make the northeastern region a gateway to Southeast Asia, according to India Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India is investing INR 40,000 crore ($6.2 billion) to improve roads and highways in the region.

Prime Minister Modi was speaking on 7 May 2017 at the centenary celebrations of the volunteer organization Bharat Sevashram Sangha in Shillong, Meghalaya, India, through video conferencing.

"We have to make the northeast a gateway for Southeast Asia," said Prime Minister Modi. He noted the Government of India aims to improve connectivity and develop the northeast states for tourism as part of plans to bring balanced development to the region.

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