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Kovind inaugurates Matabari-Sabroom National Highway in Tripura

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Saying that development of the North East was high on the Union Government’s list of priorities, President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the National Highway from Matabari to Sabroom here yesterday.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Kovind said road projects covering a length of 5,200 km were being executed in the region to enhance connectivity. The Bharatmala project was also giving special attention to the Northeast. As part of these programmes, 500 km of roads were being constructed in Tripura.
 
The President noted that Tripura’s immense potential for tourism will also be helped by connectivity projects. The state’s natural beauty, lush green forests and cultural heritage was a major draw for domestic and international tourists. Better rail and road connectivity will increase tourism and ancillary economic activity in the state.
 
Mr Kovind also visited the Matabari Temple complex in Udaipur and laid the foundation stone for its redevelopment and augmentation as a centre for religious tourism.
 
In the evening, the President attended a civic reception hosted in his honour by the State Government. At the reception in Agartala, he formally declared the “Queen Pineapple” as the state fruit of Tripura.
 
He said, only a few days ago, the first consignment of the Queen Pineapple was exported to West Asia. This was an important step in linking Tripura and the Northeast region with global trade. He expressed the hope that pineapples from Tripura will reach markets across the country and abroad, especially in the neighbouring countries.
 
The President emphasised that the Northeast and Tripura have a pivotal place in India’s Act East Policy. This will help enhance business with ASEAN countries and serve to realise Tripura’s economic potential.
 
The state has abundant forest resources. The conservation and sustainable use of forests, as well as providing assistance to tribal communities that are dependent on forests for their livelihood, was extremely important. The people of Tripura presented a model for the country as to the harmonious balance between human livelihood needs and natural heritage, he added.
 
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