By Our Special Correspondent, Thane District:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that by 2024 Mumbai will have a 275-km long metro line. “In the coming three years, 35-km long metro line will be added to the existing network. By 2024, Mumbai will have a 275-km long metro line,” he said. He was addressing rally after laying foundation stone for Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan metro and Dahisar-Mira-Bhayander metro and construction of 90,000 homes under the Prime Minister Awas Yojana by City and Industrial Development Corporation. All these projects entail investment of Rs 33,000 crore.

Prime Minister Modi recalled that during the previous Congress-NCP rule the metro project was started for the first time in Mumbai in 2006, but in eight years, the only 11-km long metro route was made operational. “After coming to power in 2014, his government decided to increase both the speed and scale of the project,” he said.

Modi said his government is planning and running schemes to raise the lifestyle of the poor. “By 2022, our government aims to get a house for every family,” he added.

“Mumbai and Thane are those parts of India which have helped the nation realise its dreams. People, coming from small towns and villages, have made a name here for themselves, and have also made India proud. We are trying to ensure that none of the places, villages and cities, and people remain untouched from the development,” he said.

Meanwhile, a delegation representing the film and entertainment industry, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Tuesday. The delegation comprised producers and CEOs of companies in the entertainment industry.

The delegation comprising Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, Rakesh Roshan, lyricist Prasoon Joshi, film producers  Karan Johar and Siddhartha Roy Kapur pitched for lower and uniform rates of GST for the entertainment industry in India.

They strongly called for the development of Mumbai as the global entertainment capital, through various initiatives and proactive approaches.

The delegation expressed its strong support of the Prime Minister’s vision for making India a five trillion dollar economy in the near future. They gave an overview of the vast growth potential of the media and entertainment industry in India, and said that this sector is poised to contribute in a significant way towards this goal.

Modi said that the Indian entertainment industry enjoys immense popularity across the world. It is one of the key elements of India’s rising soft power status, globally, he added. He assured the delegation that the Union Government is supportive of the media and entertainment industry; and would consider the suggestions positively.