WASHINGTON D.C. -- The roads in Madhya Pradesh (MP) are better than the United States, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Tuesday.

Addressing the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum meeting, Chouhan said, "When I got down at the Washington Airport and travelled on roads, I felt the roads in Madhya Pradesh are better than the United States."

"A few years back, MP was termed as a diseased state, but when I became the Chief Minister 12 years back then it was in my mind that without basic infrastructure no state can develop. Our first focus was on building the roads. Today, we have constructed around 1.75 lakh kilometre roads in the state and all the villages have been well-connected with roads," Chouhan


He said that India is on the cusp of great economic progress today under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Projects like Start up India, Digital India, Stand Up India, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojna, Aam Aadmi Beema Yojna, Housing for All have been started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India's economic development rate is more than 7 %," the Chief Minister said.

Chouhan termed the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as the biggest opportunity for investors.

"The GST has been launched in India for one nation-one tax-one market. This is the best opportunity for the investors as earlier they had to pay different taxes in different states," Chouhan said.

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