Prime Minister’s Office via PIB India:
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will visit the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on 14th February, 2021.
At around 11:15 AM, Prime Minister will inaugurate and lay the foundation stones for several key projects and hand over the Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to the Army, at Chennai.
Prime Minister will inaugurate the Chennai Metro Rail Phase-I extension, completed at a cost of Rs. 3770 crore, and commission the passenger services from Washermenpet to Wimco Nagar.
This 9.05 km long extension will link North Chennai with the Airport and Central Railway Station.
Prime Minister will inaugurate the fourth Railway line between Chennai Beach and Attipattu.
This 22.1 km section, laid at a cost of Rs.293.40 crore, traverses through Chennai and Thiruvallur Districts and will ease out traffic from Chennai Port.
This section connects the Chennai Port and Ennore Port and passes through major yards, providing operational flexibility for the movement of trains.
Prime Minister will also inaugurate the Railway Electrification of single line section in Villupuram – Cuddalore – Mayiladuthurai – Thanjavur and Mayiladuthurai-Thiruvarur.
Completed at a cost of Rs. 423 crore, the electrification of this 228 km route will enable free flow of traffic without the need for a change of traction between Chennai Egmore and Kanyakumari and would result in saving of Rs.14.61 lakh per day on fuel cost.
During the event, Prime Minister will hand over the State-of-the-Art Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to the Indian Army.
This Battle Tank has been indigenously designed, developed and manufactured by CVRDE, DRDO along with 15 academic institutions, 8 labs and several MSMEs.
Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for the extension, renovation and modernization of the Grand Anicut Canal System.
The canal is important for irrigation in the delta districts. The modernization of this canal will be taken up at a cost of Rs.2,640 crore, and will lead to an improvement in the water carrying capacity of the canals.
Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone for the Discovery Campus of IIT Madras.
The Campus will be built at Thaiyur near Chennai at an estimated cost of Rs.1000 crore in the first phase, over an area of 2 lakh sqm.
Governor and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu will also be present on the occasion.