Chennai, Feb 14 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a slew of programmes, including passenger services in the Chennai Metro Rail Phase-I extension project, and also handed over the indigenously designed and developed Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to the Indian Army.
Mr Modi launched the projects through video-conferencing at a official event organised by Tamil Nadu government at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor stadium.
‘Numerous development works would launched that would add speed to fulfilling the vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat. The projects will boost ‘Ease of Living’ for our citizens,” Mr Modi tweeted in English, Malayalam and Tamil, before leaving for Chennai and Kochi.
After paying floral tributes to the portraits of late Chief Ministers MGR and J Jayalalaithaa at the dais, he inaugurated the Chennai Metro Rail Phase-I extension services, completed at a cost of Rs 3,770 crore, and commissioned the passenger services from Washermenpet to Wimco Nagar.
The 9.05 km long extension would link North Chennai with the Airport and Central Railway Station. He also inaugurated the fourth Railway line between Chennai Beach and Attipattu. The 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.
Mr Modi also inaugurated the Railway Electrification of single line section in Villupuram-Cuddalore-Mayiladuthurai-Thanjavur and Mayiladuthurai-Tiruvarur. Completed at a cost of Rs 423 crore, the electrification of this 228 km route will enable free flow of traffic without them 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.
He also laid 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.
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for the Discovery Campus of IIT-Madras, to be built at Thaiyur near Chennai at an estimated cost of Rs.1,000 crore in the first phase, over an area of two lakh sqm.
Mr Modi also handed over Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to the Army. The state-of-the-art tank was designed, developed and manufactured by DRDO’s Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE) along with 15 academic institutions, eight labs and several MSMEs.
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K.Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O.Panneerselvam were present on the occasion.