New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a two-day visit to the south starting today where he will visit Kerala followed by a visit to Karnataka tomorrow. The highlight of PM’s Kerala visit will be commissioning of India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant in Kochi which is slated for tomorrow. The Prime Minister will also visit Sri Adi Shankara Janma Bhoomi Kshetram. He will lay the foundation stone and dedicate to the nation various projects of Kochi metro.
From Kerala, PM Modi will visit Karnataka where he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of projects worth Rs 3,800 crore in Mangaluru.
PM Modi In Kochi
At 5:15 pm today Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the Sri Adi Shankara Janma Bhoomi Kshetram, the birthplace of Adi Shankaracharya at Kalady village near Cochin Airport.
Thereafter, at 6 pm, he will lay the foundation stone and dedicate to the nation various projects of Kochi metro and Indian Railways worth over Rs 4,500 crore. He will inaugurate the Phase I extension of the Kochi Metro Rail Project from Petta to SN junction and lay the foundation stone for the Phase –II stretch from JLN stadium to Infopark, having a length of 11.2 kms and covering 11 stations.
He will also dedicate to the nation the doubling of Kuruppanthara-Kottayam-Chingavanam rail section,thus fully doubling the entire stretch from Thiruvananthapuram to Mangaluru. Significantly, lakhs of devotees bound for Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Shrine can conveniently alight at Kottayam or Chengannur railway station in the doubled section and proceed by road to Pamba. The Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation the newly electrified rail section between Kollam – Punalur.
The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone for the redevelopment of three Railway stations in Kerala – Ernakulam Junction, Ernakulam Town and Kollam.
On September 2, at 9:30 am Prime Minister Modi will commission the first indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier as INS Vikrant.
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Designed by Indian Navy’s in-house Warship Design Bureau (WDB) and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited, a Public Sector Shipyard under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Vikrant has been built with with state of the art automation features and is the largest ship ever built in maritime history of India, read the official press release by the Prime Minister’s Office.
During the event, the PM will also unveil the new Naval Ensign, doing away with the colonial past and befitting the rich Indian maritime heritage.
PM Modi In Mangaluru
From Kochi, PM Modi will head towards Mangaluru in Karnataka where he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of mechanisation and industrialisation projects worth around Rs 3,800 crore. He will inaugurate the project worth over Rs 280 crore for mechanisation of Berth No. 14 for handling containers and other cargo, undertaken by the New Mangalore Port Authority.
The PM will lay the foundation stone of five projects worth around Rs 1000 crore, undertaken by the Port. He will lay the foundation stone of projects for construction of storage tanks and edible oil refinery, construction of bitumen storage and allied facilities and construction of bitumen & edible oil storage and allied facilities.
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Further, the PM will also lay the foundation stone for development of Fishing Harbour at Kulai, which will facilitate safe handling of fish catch and enable better prices in the global market.
Two projects undertaken by Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited viz BS VI Upgradation Project and Sea Water Desalination Plant will also be inaugurated by PM Modi on his visit to Mangaluru