Daman, Feb 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the flight service between Diu and Ahmedabad in a bid to give a major boost to tourism in the union territory. He also flagged off the helicopter service between Daman and Diu.

Addressing a large gathering at the polytechnic college ground in Daman, PM Modi said, “The people visiting Daman from South Gujarat and Maharashtra will be able to fly to Diu, Gir and Somnath in the helicopter. Along with tourism the religious tourism will also get a major boost ”

He remarked that Daman is among the cleanest union territories in India. “Now, it is the responsibility of the residents of Daman to maintain it,” he said.

The PM also announced to abolish VAT on the fishermen community so that they can earn full profits.

Lauding Daman for being an open defecation free area, Modi congratulated the locals and administration for achieving the “big step”.

“I saw a unique campaign in Uttar Pradesh where they have placed signboard in each of the public toilets saying ‘Ijjat Ghar’. This way, we should give due respect to our mother and sisters,” said Modi as reported by The Times of India.

On Saturday, the Prime Minister inaugurated and laid foundation stone for projects worth Rs 1,000 crore in Daman and Diu including electricity generation plant, water treatment plant, university, solar power generation, CNG station and gas pipeline.