‘The farmers are the one who truly live and all others live because of them; worshiping them’: PM Modi quotes Thiruvalluvar after laying the foundation stone to modernise the Bhavanisagar dam in TN

I am happy to be here in Coimbatore. This is a city of industry and innovation. Today we begin many development works that will benefit Coimbatore and the entire Tamil Nadu.

The foundation stone to modernise the Bhavanisagar dam is being laid. This will irrigate over two lakh acres of land. The districts of Erode, Tiruppur and Karur will especially benefit from this project.

This project will be of great benefit for our farmers. I am reminded of the words of the great Thiruvalluvar. He said;

உழுதுண்டு வாழ்வாரே வாழ்வார்மற் றெல்லாம்
தொழுதுண்டு பின்செல் பவர்.

It means, ‘the farmers are the one who truly live and all others live because of them; worshiping them’.

Tamil Nadu is making a major contribution to India’s industrial growth. One of the basic needs for industry to grow is continuous power supply. Today, I am happy to dedicate to the nation two major power projects and lay the foundation for one more power project. 

The 709 megawatt solar power project is developed by Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited in Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram and Virudhunagar Districts.

The cost of this project is over three thousand crore Rupees.

Another 1000 megawatt thermal power project of NLC, constructed at a total cost of almost Seven Thousand Eight hundred crore rupees will be of great benefit to Tamil Nadu.

Over sixty-five percent of power generated in this project will be given to Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu has a glorious history of sea trade and port led development. I am happy to launch various projects related to V.O. Chidambaranar Port, Thoothukudi.

We recall the efforts of the great freedom fighter V-O-C. His vision for a vibrant Indian shipping industry and maritime development inspires us greatly.

The projects launched today will further strengthen the cargo handling ability of the port. It will even support the green port initiative.

Apart from this, we will take further steps to make the Port into a big trans-shipment port in the east coast. When our ports are more efficient, it contributes to India being Aatmanirbhar and a global hub for trade as well as logistics.

The Government of India’s commitment to port-led development can be seen through the Sagarmala Scheme.

About 575 projects at a total cost of over six lakh crore rupees have been identified for implementation during 2015-2035 period.

These works cover: Port modernization, New port development, Port connectivity enhancement, Port-linked industrialisation and Coastal community development.

I am also happy to note that a new Multi-Modal Logistics Park is going to be launched soon at Mappedu near Sriperumbudur in Chennai.

The ‘8-laning of Korampallam Bridge and Rail Over Bridge’ was also taken up under ‘Sagarmala programme’.

The Project will facilitate seamless and congestion free transit to and from the Port. It will also further reduce the turn around time of the cargo trucks.

Development and care for the environment are closely linked. V-O-C port has already installed 500 kilowatt roof top solar power plant. Installation of another 140 kilowatt roof top solar project is in progress. It makes me happy that V-O-C Port has taken up the grid connected 5 megawatt ground-based solar power plant at a cost of almost twenty crore rupees. This project will help meet 60 percent of the total energy consumption of the Port. This is truly an example of Urja Aatmanirbharta.

At the core of development is ensuring dignity to every individual. One of the ways of ensuring dignity is to provide shelter for everyone.

To give wings to the dreams and aspirations of our people, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna was started.

It is my privilege to inaugurate Four Thousand One Hundred and Forty Four tenements. They are built in Tiruppur, Madurai and Tiruchirappalli Districts. T

The cost of this project is 332 crores rupees. These houses will be handed over to those who never had a roof over their head after 70 long years of independence.

Tamil Nadu is a heavily urbanized state. The Government of India and Government of Tamil Nadu are committed to all-round growth of the cities.

I am happy to lay foundation stone for Integrated Command and Control Centres in smart cities across Tamil Nadu.

This will provide an intelligent and integrated IT solutions to manage various services across these cities.

I am sure that the projects launched today will give a big boost to the lives and livelihood of the people of Tamil Nadu. Best wishes to all the families who are getting their new homes today. We will keep working to fulfil the dreams of the people and build an Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

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PM-Kisan scheme was launched with an aim to ensure a life of dignity as well as prosperity for our hardworking farmers: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister – Narendra Modi:

On this day, 2 years ago the PM-Kisan scheme was launched with an aim to ensure a life of dignity as well as prosperity for our hardworking farmers, who work day and night to keep our nation fed.

The tenacity and passion of our farmers is inspiring.

Over the last 7 years, the Government of India has taken many initiatives for transforming agriculture.

From better irrigation to more technology, more credit and markets to proper crop insurance, focus on soil health to eliminating middlemen, the efforts are all-encompassing.

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For a party that is serving in a state for over two decades to record such a phenomenal win is noteworthy: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

Thank you Gujarat!

Results of municipal elections across the state clearly show the unwavering faith people have towards politics of development and good governance.

Grateful to the people of the state for trusting BJP yet again. Always an honour to serve Gujarat.

I would like to appreciate the efforts of each and every Karyakarta of BJP Gujarat, who reached out to people and elaborated on our Party’s vision for the state.

The Gujarat government’s pro-people policies have positively impacted the entire state.

Today’s win across Gujarat is very special.

For a party that is serving in a state for over two decades to record such a phenomenal win is noteworthy.

It is heartening to see widespread support from all sections of society, particularly the youth of Gujarat towards BJP.

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The projects launched today will strengthen the identity of the region in the North Bank of Brahmaputra as a hub of energy and education: PM Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation INDMAX Unit at Indian Oil’s Bongaigaon Refinery, Oil India Limited’s Secondary Tank Farm at Madhuban, Dibrugarh and a Gas Compressor Station at Hebeda Village, Makum, Tinsukia remotely from Dhemaji in Assam today.

He also inaugurated the Dhemaji Engineering College and laid the foundation stone for Sualkuchi Engineering College in Assam. 

Governor of Assam Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, Chief Minister of Assam Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Shri Rameswar Teli were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the public at the event, the Prime Minister said North East will be the new growth engine of India and he is inspired to work more for the people of Assam.

He recalled how the North Bank in the Brahmaputra gave birth to Assamese cinema eight decades ago with the film Joymoti.

He added this region has produced many personalities that enhanced the pride of Assam’s culture.

He said the Centre and State Governments are working together for the balanced development of Assam and the major basis of this is the state’s infrastructure. 

Criticizing the opposition, the Prime Minister said in spite of the great potential in the North Bank, the earlier governments gave the region a step-motherly treatment and did not prioritize the requirements of connectivity, hospitals, institutions of education, industries for this region.

He added that the Government is working on the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas’ and has overcome this discrimination.

He further listed the infrastructure projects in Assam which were inaugurated by the Government. 

He said, today,  energy and education infrastructure projects worth more than Rs 3000 crore are launched in this region.

He said these projects will strengthen the identity of the region as a hub of energy and education and would act as a symbol of Assam.

The Prime Minister stressed the necessity for India to continuously become self-sufficient, to increase its strength and also its capabilities. He said over the years, the refining capacity in India has greatly increased, especially at the Bongaigaon Refinery. 

He added the gas unit plant launched today is going to increase the capacity of LPG production and will make life easier for the people in Assam and Northeast.

It will also increase employment opportunities for the youth in this region. 

He lauded the Assam government for launching a campaign to lease land to small tea growers.

He said now the need of the people in Assam is to strengthen the double engine of development and progress.

It is a matter of immense happiness for our Government that we have got the opportunity to serve people of the North Bank of Assam: PM Narendra Modi

It is a matter of immense happiness for our Government that we have got the opportunity to serve people of the North Bank of Assam:

There are many agricultural products, which are not only produced for the country but can also be supplied to the world. For this, it is necessary that all states make their agro-climatic regional planning strategy: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister’s Office via PIB India:

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi delivered opening remarks at the 6th Governing Council Meeting of NITI Aayog today through video conference.

Addressing the event, the Prime Minister said the basis of the country’s progress is Cooperative Federalism and today’s meeting is to brainstorm to make it more meaningful and move towards Competitive Cooperative Federalism.

He said the whole country succeeded when the state and the central government worked together during the Corona pandemic.

He said agenda points for today’s meeting were selected keeping in mind the highest priorities of the country.

The Prime Minister said the campaign to provide a pucca roof to every poor is also going on now. Since 2014 construction of more than 2 crore 40 lakhs houses has been completed in both cities and villages put together.

He said over 3.5 lakh rural houses are provided with piped drinking water within 18 months of the launch of Jal Jeevan mission.

He added Bharat Net Scheme for Internet Connectivity in Villages is becoming a medium for a big change.

When the central and state governments work together in all such schemes the speed of work will also increase and the benefits would also reach the last person.

The Prime Minister said that the positive response received on this year’s budget has expressed the mood of the nation. The country has made up its mind, wants to move fast and does not want to waste time.

He added the private sector of the country is coming forward with more enthusiasm in this development journey of the country. As a government, we also have to honor this enthusiasm, the energy of the private sector and give it as much opportunity in the AatmaNirbhar Bharat campaign.

He said AatmaNirbhar Bharat campaign is the way to develop an India that produces not only for its own needs but also for the world and this production also stands the test of the world.

The Prime Minister said keeping in mind the aspirations of a young country like India modern infrastructure has to be built. Innovation has to be encouraged and more technology should be used to provide better opportunities for education and skills.

He stressed the need for strengthening our businesses, MSMEs and start-ups. He said shortlisting the products of hundreds of districts of the country according to its speciality has promoted them and also led to a healthy competition among the states.

He urged to take this block wise, make full use of the resources of the states and increase the exports from the states.

He stressed the importance for a better coordination and policy framework between the Center and the states.

The Prime Minister said the Central Government introduced PLI schemes for various sectors providing an excellent opportunity to increase manufacturing in the country.

He urged the states to take full advantage of this scheme and attract maximum investment in themselves and also reap the benefits of reduced corporate tax rates.

On the funds allocated for infrastructure in this budget, the Prime Minister said this would help the country’s economy to advance the country’s economy on many levels.

He stressed on the importance of making the states self-reliant and giving momentum to development in their budget.

He announced that there would be a major increase in the economic resources of local bodies in the 15th Finance Commission.

He said along with use of technology public participation is also very important in the Local Governance reforms.

The Prime Minister said about Rs 65000 crore are spent in the import of edible oils which should have gone to our farmers.

Similarly there are many agricultural products, which are not only produced for the country but can also be supplied to the world. For this, it is necessary that all states make their agro-climatic regional planning strategy.

He said an holistic approach has been adopted over the years, from agriculture to animal husbandry and fisheries. As a result, the country’s agricultural exports have increased significantly even during the Corona era.

The Prime Minister urged to focus on storage and processing of agricultural products to reduce its wastage.

He stressed the need to export processed foods rather than raw foods to increase profits. He said reforms are very important for our farmers to get the necessary economic resources, better infrastructure and modern technology.

The Prime Minister said recently reform was done on OSP regulations which gives the youth the flexibility to work from anywhere and our tech sector has benefited immensely from this.

Many of the restrictions have been eliminated. He said Geospatial data was liberalized recently. This would help our startups and the tech sector and also improve the ease of living for the common man.

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The 2000 MW state-of-the-art Pugalur–Thrissur High Voltage Direct Current system is being inaugurated today – the first HVDC inter-connection of Kerala with National Grid: PM Modi

Excerpts of PM’s address at the inauguration and laying of foundation stone of the key projects of power and urban sector in Kerala. via Prime Minister’s Office:

Namaskaram Kerala!

Just a few days ago I was in Kerala to inaugurate key projects of the petroleum sector. Today, thanks to technology, we are connected once again.

We are taking important steps in the development journey of Kerala. The development works starting today are spread across the state. They cover a wide range of sectors. They will power and empower this beautiful state, whose people are making rich contributions to India’s progress.

The two thousand megawatts state-of-the-art Pugalur–Thrissur High Voltage Direct Current system is being inaugurated today.

This is the first HVDC inter-connection of Kerala with National Grid.

Thrissur is an important cultural centre of Kerala. Now it will also be the power center for Kerala.

This system will facilitate transfer of large quantum of power to meet the growing power demand of the State. It is also the first time the VSC converter technology has been introduced in the Country for transmission. It is indeed a moment of pride for all of us.

Internal power generating sources in Kerala are seasonal. This makes the State largely dependent on import of power from the National Grid. This gap had to be bridged.

The HVDC system helps us achieve this. Now there will be access to power with reliability. It is equally important to strengthen Intra-State transmission network for delivery of power to the households and industrial units.

There is one another aspect which makes me happy about this project. The HVDC equipment used in this project have been made in India. This make our Atmanirbhar Bharat movement stronger.

We are not just dedicating a transmission project. We have a project of producing electricity also. It is a pleasure to dedicate yet another clean energy asset of 50 megawatts capacity – the Kasaragod Solar Project.

This will be a step in achieving the green and clean energy dream of our country. India is devoting great importance to solar energy. Our gains in solar energy ensure: A stronger fight against climate change.

A boost to our entrepreneurs. Work is also underway to connect our hardworking farmers with the solar sector – make our annadatas also Urjadatas.

Under PM-Kusum Yojana, over 20 lakh solar power pumps are being given to farmers. In the last six years, India’s solar energy capacity is up 13 times. India has also brought the world together through the International Solar Alliance.

Our cities are engines of growth and power houses of innovation. Our cities are seeing three encouraging trends: Technological development, Favourable demographic dividend Increasing domestic demand.

To further our growth in the sector, we have the Smart cities Mission. The Integrated Command and Control Centres under the Mission are helping cities in better urban planning and management.

I am very happy to share that 54 Command Centre projects have become operational. 30 such projects are at various stages of implementation.

These centres were especially useful during the pandemic days. Of the two Smart Cities in Kerala, Kochi Smart City has already established its Command Centre.

Thiruvananthapuram Smart City is now getting ready for its Control Centre. Under Smart Cities Mission, the two Kerala Smart Cities – Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram have made significant progress. Till date, the two Smart Cities have 27 projects worth Rupees 773 crore that have been completed. Works in 68 projects worth almost Rupees Two thousand crore are in the pipe-line.

The great Malayalam poet Kumaranashan had said: I am not asking your caste Sister, I ask for water, I am thirsty. Development and good governance does not know caste, creed, race, gender, religion or language.

Development is for everyone. This is the essence of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas.

Development is our aim. Development is our religion. I seek the support of the people of Kerala so that we can move forward to realise this shared vision of togetherness and development.

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In 2019-20, India imported over 85 percent of oil and 53 per cent of gas to meet the demand. Had we focused on these subjects much earlier, our middle class would not be burdened: PM Narendra Modi

Excerpts of PM’s address at laying of foundation stone of key projects of Oil & Gas sector in Tamil Nadu via Prime Minister’s Office, PIB India:

I want to begin by sharing two facts that would make you think.

In 2019-20, India imported over 85 percent of oil and 53 per cent of gas to meet the demand.

Can a diverse and talented nation like ours be so energy import dependent?

I do not want to criticise anyone but I want to say: Had we focused on these subjects much earlier, our middle class would not be burdene
India is also reducing our energy import dependence. At the same time, we are also diversifying our import sources.

How are we doing this? Through capacity building.

In 2019-20, we were 4th in the world in refining  capacity.

About 65.2 million tonnes of petroleum products have been exported. This number is expected to rise even further.

Our companies have ventured overseas in acquisition of quality oil and gas assets.

Today, Indian Oil and Gas companies are present in 27 countries with investments worth approximately Rupees two lakh seventy thousand crore.

We are developing a gas pipeline network to achieve ‘One Nation One Gas Grid’.

We have planned to spend seven and a half lakh crores in creating oil and gas infrastructure over five years.

A strong emphasis has been laid on the expansion of city gas distribution networks by covering 407 districts.

Our consumer focussed schemes like PAHAL and PM Ujjwala Yojana are helping every Indian household access this gas.

95% of Tamil Nadu’s LPG customers have joined the PAHAL Scheme. Over 90% of the active customers get direct subsidy transfer.

Under the Ujjwala Yojana, over 32 lakh BPL households in Tamil Nadu have been given new connections.

Over 31.6 lakh households benefited from free refills under the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana.

Indian Oil’s 143 Km long natural gas pipeline from Ramanathapuram to Tuticorin being launched today will monetise the gas from ONGC gas fields.

This is a part of a larger natural gas pipeline project being developed at a cost of Rs. 4,500 crore.

It will benefit: Ennore, Thiruvallur, Bengaluru, Puducherry, Nagapattinam, Madurai, Tuticorin.

These gas pipeline projects would also enable the development of City Gas projects which are being developed at 10 districts in Tamil Nadu  at an investment of Rs.5,000 Crore.

These projects will make available:
Clean cooking fuel to households, PNG, Alternate transport fuel as CNG to vehicles and local industries.

The gas from ONGC field will now be delivered to Southern Petrochemical Industries Corp. Limited Tuticorin.

This pipeline is going to supply of natural gas as feedstock  at a cheaper cost to SPIC for manufacturing fertiliser.

Feedstock will now be continuously available with no storage requirements. This is expected to result in saving in the range of Rs.70 to Rs.95 Crores in cost of production annually.

This will also bring down the final cost of production of fertiliser. We are eager to increase gas share in our energy basket from 6.3 percent currently to 15 per cent.

Development projects bring with it several benefits. The CPCL’s new refinery at Nagapattinam anticipates about 80% indigenous  sourcing of materials and services.

The refinery is going to boost development of transport facilities, downstream  petrochemical industries, ancillary  and small scale industriesin the region.

This new refinery will produce MS and Diesel meeting BS-VI specifications and Polypropylene  as a value-added product. 

Today, India is increasing the share of energy from renewable sources.

By 2030, 40% of all energy will be generated from green energy sources.

CPCL’s  new Gasoline desulphurisation  Unit at its refinery in Manali inaugurated today is another effort for a greener future.

The refinery will now produce low sulphur  environment friendly fuel of BS VI specification.

We are trying to eliminate the cascading  effect of different taxes on natural gas across different states.

We are committed to bringing natural gas under the GST regime.

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I want to tell the world- come, Invest in India’s energy!

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The Government is working to free the tech industry from unnecessary regulations: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister’s Office via PIB India:

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the NASSCOM Technology and Leadership Forum (NTLF) today via video conferencing.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister lauded the IT industry for their resilience during the Corona period.

“When the chips were down, your code kept things running” said the Prime Minister.

He noted 2 percent growth in the sector and addition of 4 billion dollars in revenue amidst the apprehensions of de-growth.

The Prime Minister noted that today’s India is eager for progress and the Government understand this feeling.

He said aspirations of 130 crore Indians inspire us to move forward with rapid speed. He emphasized that expectations related to the new India are there from the private sector also as they are from the government.

He said that the Government is aware that restrictions are not conducive for the development of the future’s leadership.

The Government is working to free the tech industry from unnecessary regulations. 

The Prime Minister listed the steps taken in recent times such as National Communication Policy, policy to make India Global Software Product Hub and Other Service Provider” (OSP) guidelines which were issued during Corona period.

He noted that inclusion of Information services into 12 champion service sectors has started bearing fruit.

Recent liberalization of maps and geo-spatial data will strengthen the tech start up ecosystem and the wider mission of Aatmnirbhar Bharat.

The Prime Minister emphasized that young entrepreneurs should have the freedom to leverage the new opportunities.

The Government has full faith in the start up and innovators, said the Prime Minister. 

Steps like self-certification, use of IT solutions in Governance, data democratization through Digital India have taken the process forward.

Talking about centrality of transparency in Governance, the Prime Minister noted people’s growing trust in the government.

He said that governance has been brought to dashboard from the files for proper monitoring by the citizens. He also mentioned improvement in process and transparency in Government procurement through GeM portal.

The Prime Minister stressed the need for use of technology in governance. He gave examples of geo tagging of infrastructure products, houses of poor and such projects so that they can be completed on time.

He talked of use of drones in mapping village households and reduction in human interface to improve transparency especially in tax related matters.

The Prime Minister called upon the start-up founders not to restrict themselves to just valuations and exit strategies. 

“Think how you can create institutions that will outlast this century. Think how you can create world class products that will set the global benchmark on excellence”, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister said that it is the responsibility of the tech industry to give proactive technological solutions for 21st century challenges to India.

He asked them to work for solutions in water and fertilization requirement of agriculture, health and wellness, tele medicine and education and skill development.

He said steps like National Education Policy and Atal Tinkering labs and Atal Incubation Centre are promoting skilling and innovation and need industry support.

He also called for paying attention to the outcomes of their CSR activities and pushed for focusing the activities towards backward areas and digital education.

He also drew attention to the opportunities that are emerging in tier-2 and tier-3 cities for entrepreneurs and innovators.

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We are rectifying mistakes of history which didn’t honour deserving leaders and warriors: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister’s Office:

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has said that as we enter the 75th year of the country’s independence it becomes all the more important to remember the contribution of the historical heroes and heroines who have made immense contribution to the country.

He lamented the fact that the people who sacrificed their all for India and Indianness have not been given their due in the history books.

These irregularities and injustice against the makers of Indian history by the writers of Indian history are now being corrected as we are entering the 75th year of our Independence.

Remembering their contribution becomes all the more important at this juncture, said the Prime Minister. 

He was speaking after he laid the foundation stone of Maharaja Suheldev Memorial and development work of Chittaura Lake at Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh via video conference today.

The Prime Minister emphasized history of India is not only the history written by colonial powers or those with colonial mindset.

Indian History is what has been nurtured by the common people in their folklore and taken forward by the generations.

The Prime Minister asked whether the first Prime Minister of Azad Hind Government, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has been given the place that he deserves.

Shri Modi said that we have recognized Neta ji by strengthening his identity from Red fort to Andaman Nicobar.

Similarly, the Prime Minister said that treatment to the unifier of more than 500 princely states, Saradar Patel is also well known. Today, Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue is of Sardar Patel.

Key architect of the Constitution and voice of the exploited, deprived and downtrodden, Baba Saheb Ambedkar was always looked through political prism.

Today, all places associated with Dr Ambedkar from India to England are being developed as PanchTeerth.

“There are innumerable personalities who were not recognized due to various reasons. Can we forget what happened with the bravehearts of Chauri Chaura?” asked the Prime Minister. 

The Prime Minister said that Maharaja Suheldev’s contribution to protect Indianness was similarly ignored.

Maharaja Suheldev has been kept alive in the hearts of people by the folklore of Awadh, Tarai and Poorvanchal despite being ignored by the textbooks.

The Prime Minister recalled his contribution as a sensitive and development oriented ruler.

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I congratulate my brothers & sisters of Devendrakula Vellalar community for this historic day: JP Nadda

A heartwarming moment for all as PM Shri Narendra Modi ji approved Devendrakula Vellalar community’s long pending demand to be known by their heritage name.

I congratulate my brothers & sisters of Devendrakula Vellalar community for this historic day.

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PM Modi will inaugurate tomorrow “Sagarika” – India’s first full-fledged international cruise terminal

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 3:30 PM, Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone and dedicate various projects to the nation, at Kochi.

These projects will add crucial momentum to the growth trajectory of these states and help hasten the pace of realizing full development potential.

Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation the Propylene Derivative Petrochemical Project (PDPP) of BPCL.

The complex will produce Acrylates, Acrylic Acid and Oxo-Alcohol, which are at present predominantly imported, and is expected to result in saving of about Rs.3700 to 4000 crore/annum in foreign exchange.

Constructed at a capital cost of about Rs 6000 crore, the PDPP Complex has been set up close to the refinery to achieve integration of feedstock supply, utilities, off-sites and other facilities. It will benefit the downstream sector in saving huge costs as a result of the ready availability of feedstock and optimized supply chain management.

With the commissioning, Kochi Refinery has become the first Indian refinery to produce niche petrochemicals.

Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation the Ro-Ro Vessels at Willingdon Islands, Cochin.

The International Waterway Authority of India will deploy two new Roll-on/ Roll-off vessels between Bolgatty and Willingdon Island on National Waterway-3.

The Ro-Ro vessels, MV Adi Shankara and MV CV Raman, will have the capacity to carry six 20-feet trucks, three 20-feet trailer trucks, three 40-feet trailer trucks and 30 passengers each.

The service will benefit trade as a result of reduced transportation cost and transit time, and will also lead to reduced congestion on the roads of Kochi.

Prime Minister will inaugurate the International Cruise Terminal “Sagarika” at Cochin Port.

Situated at the Ernakulam Wharf on Willingdon Island, it is India’s first full-fledged international cruise terminal.

It has state-of-the-art facilities and has been constructed at a cost of Rs.25.72 crore. It will promote tourism, give a fillip to development and will act as an effective instrument for employment generation, earning revenue and foreign exchange.

Prime Minister will also inaugurate the Marine Engineering Training Institute, Vigyana Sagar, Cochin Shipyard Ltd.

It is a premier Maritime Learning Centre and is the only Maritime institute in India functioning within a shipyard, having extended training facilities for trainees on various vessels under construction or repair.

Constructed at a capital cost of Rs 27.5 crore, the institute has an intake capacity of 114 fresh graduates. It will create a talent pool of marine engineers and personnel to fulfill the requirement of the Maritime industry in India and abroad.

Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of Reconstruction of South Coal Berth at Cochin Port. It is being reconstructed at an estimated cost of Rs 19.19 crore under the Sagarmala Scheme.

Upon completion, a dedicated berthing facility will be available for chemical handling at Cochin Port.  Reconstruction of the Berth will ensure quick and efficient handling of cargo and reduced logistics cost.

Governor and Chief Minister of Kerala, along with Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas will also be present on the occasion.

PM Modi will lay the foundation stone tomorrow for the extension, renovation and modernization of the Grand Anaicut Canal System important for irrigation in the Cauvery delta districts

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.

I will never forget Shri Azad’s efforts..: PM Modi

I will never forget Shri Azad’s efforts and Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s efforts when people from Gujarat were stuck in Kashmir due to a terror attack.

Ghulam Nabi Ji was constantly following up, he sounded as concerned as if those stuck were his own family members:

PM Modi