Govt to upgrade 150 ITIs as tech hubs at a cost of Rs 4,763 cr

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced plans to upgrade 150 Industrial Technology Institutes (ITIs) as Technology Hubs, at a cost of Rs4,736 crore.

PM announced this at a massive rally in Bengaluru after several inaugurations, foundation laying and dedication programmes. "A few of our initiatives might seem to be bitter in the present times, but, they will bear fruits in the coming days," he said.
He said the private sector is as important as the government sector. Both have equal opportunities. "But, the mindset of people has not changed. They do not talk so well about private enterprises," Modi stated.
He said it was the young professionals in Bengaluru who ensured smooth maintenance of transactions across the world during the pandemic. They have done it with least government interference, he said, adding, "Private sector is also involved in building nations and I thank them."
"Wealth and job creators are our strength. The wealth created by unicorns is Rs12 lakh crore. Earlier, 10,000 unicorns emerged in 800 days. But, now in 200 days 10,000 unicorns are shaping up. Bengaluru is a reflection of the spirit of 'Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat'. The development of Bengaluru is the development of millions of dreams. Bengaluru has emerged as a dream place for lakhs of youth across the country who want to turn their dreams into reality," the PM said.
Modi also laid the foundation stone for the ambitious Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project which is being implemented at a cost of Rs15,767 crore. Slamming the earlier governments for making the project file of Suburban Railway Project to languish for 17 years, Modi said, "We are working towards cutting down on travel time by building rail, metro, roads and flyovers in Bengaluru. This project has been talked about for 40 years. This is not a small thing. When implemented, it would reduce the pressure on Bengaluru to a great extent."
"I will fulfill this dream in 40 months. I will work day and night. If this project is implemented, vehicles from other states and cities need not enter Bengaluru. The railway services have been transformed in terms of speed, security and comfort," he stated.