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PM Narendra Modi to visit Tamil Nadu, Kerala today: will hand over Arjun Mark 1A tank to Indian Army and to launch several development projects

By Priyanka Verma 
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PM Narendra Modi to visit Tamil Nadu, Kerala today: will hand over Arjun Mark 1A tank to Indian Army and to launch several development projects

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit two southern states – Tamil Nadu and Kerala – to launch several development projects. He will also hand over Arjun Mark 1A tank to the Indian Army.

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The Prime Minister’s Office on Saturday morning revealed that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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, Tamil Nadu on Sunday. Also Announcing the visit on Sunday, PM Modi said on Twitter that the projects will boost ‘Ease of Living’ for our citizens.

The 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. He will then head towards Kochi in Kerala where the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone and dedicate various projects to the nation at around 3:30 pm.

During his Tamil Nadu visit, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Chennai Metro Rail Phase-I extension, completed at a cost of ₹3,770 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.

PM Modi will also inaugurate the fourth Railway line between Chennai Beach and Attipattu, 22.1 km section, laid at a cost of Rs.293.40 crore. This project connects Chennai Port and Ennore Port.

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Followed by inauguration of the Railway Electrification of single line section in Villupuram – Cuddalore – Mayiladuthurai – Thanjavur and Mayiladuthurai-Thiruvarur, 228 km route completed at a cost of Rs. 423 crore.

The Prime Minister is also scheduled to lay the foundation stone for the extension, renovation and modernization of the Grand Anicut Canal System and Discovery Campus of IIT Madras, which were completed at a cost of Rs 2,640 and Rs. 1000 crore respectively.

In Kerala, the PM 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 ₹3,700 to 4,000 crore per year in foreign exchange, according to the government.

The Prime Minister will also open the Ro-Ro Vessels at Willingdon Islands in Cochin. According to the government, the International Waterway Authority of India will deploy two new Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro-Ro) vessels between Bolgatty and Willingdon Island on National Waterway-3. These will have the capacity to carry six 20-feet trucks, three 20-feet trailer trucks, three 40-feet trailer trucks and 30 passengers each.

An International Cruise Terminal named “Sagarika” and a Marine Engineering Training Institute will also be inaugurated in Cochin.

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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, the PMO said.

“It will promote tourism, give a fillip to development and will act as an effective instrument for employment generation, earning revenue and foreign exchange,” it said.

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