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Rajnath reviews coastal security, development, governance issues in Diu

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the coastal security apparatus, inaugrated a coastal police station and an operational detachment in the Union Territory of Daman & Diu during his two-day visit that concluded today.
 
The Union Territory is guarded by four coastal boats and foot patrol with one Coastal Police jetty already operational at Daman. Construction of jetty at Diu was in advanced stage. After inaugurating the coastal police station, he also inspected another one under construction 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, Mr Singh also inaugurated a newly-constructed 60- bed District Hospital built at a cost of Rs. 27 crore. He also dedicated to the nation a 3 MW solar power plant and laid the foundation stone of a 6 MW plant. The commissioning of the plant will make Diu the first district in the country to meet its entire energy requirement from solar power.
 
The Home Minister laid the foundation stone of the Government Polytechnic College as part of an education hub and inaugurated an auditorium with a seating capacity of 600. In all, Mr Singh inaugurated and laid foundation stones of projects worth about Rs. 150 crore.
 
Mr Singh held a meeting with senior officials of the UT administration and reviewed the development project in the UTs of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. 
 
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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 for promoting tourism.
 
“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,” he said.
 
The Home Minister assured the gathering that he will ask the Civil Aviation Minister to start flights on the Ahmadabad-Diu sector at the earliest and also urge the Shipping Minister to start Catamaran services between Mumbai, Daman and Diu for improving the sea connectivity between the two parts of the Unionn territory.
 
He said he was impressed by the remarkable level of cleanliness maintained in the city. It has the potential of becoming a Model Smart City, figuring in the 98 cities shortlisted by the Government.
 
The Centre has decided to establish a Regional Centre of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology in Daman, he added.
 
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