New Delhi: The northeast has the potential to become India’s growth engine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday, noting that peace is now being established in the entire region. Also Read - Fever, Cough, Muscle Pain, Nausea & Diarrhea: Scientists Decode Likely Order of Covid-19 Symptoms

He made these remarks at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Manipur water supply project via video link. While blockades have become a part of history in Manipur, the era of decades of violence in Assam has ceased. Also Read - CBI For SSR: Jiah Khan’s Mother Rabia Khan Demands Justice For Sushant Singh Rajput, Says ‘Both of Them Were Killed Similarly’

In Tripura and Mizoram too, youth have abandoned the path of violence and the Bru-Reang refugees are now moving towards a better life, he said in his address. Also Read - WCC vs NCC Dream11 Team Hints, Darwin T20 Cricket League 2020: Captain And Vice-Captain, Fantasy Cricket Tips Waratah Cricket Club vs Nightcliff Cricket Club at Marrara Cricket Ground at 7:00 AM IST Saturday, August 15

The prime minister noted that the government is making constant efforts to improve connectivity in the northeast region, be its highways, laying of rail tracks or upgradation of airports.

The foundation stone laying programme, the prime minister said, is an example of the fact that even during the crisis triggered by the novel coronavirus, the country has not stopped working.

Till the time a vaccine is developed, we have to vigorously fight against coronavirus and the development works should also be carried forward with full force, he said.

An externally funded project, the Manipur water supply project was designed to provide freshwater household tap connections (FHTCs) to remaining households in Greater Imphal planning area, and for 1,731 rural habitations covering 2,80,756 households in all 16 districts of Manipur.

The project outlay is Rs 3054.58 crore, with a loan component funded by the New Development Bank.