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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on 14 February inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for several key projects and handed over the Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to the Army, in Chennai.
Speaking in the occasion, the Prime Minister said: “These projects are symbols of innovation and Indigenous development. These projects will further the growth of Tamil Nadu.”
He said Thanjavur and Pudukkottai will be specially benefitted as the foundation to modernise the 636 kilometres long Grand Anicut Canal System was laid today. The impact of this is going to be very big. It will improve irrigation facilities for 2.27 lakh acres of land.
Shri Modi lauded the farmers of Tamil Nadu for record food grain production and good use of water resources. He said that “the Grand Anicut is a living testimony to our glorious past.It is also an inspiration to our Nation’s ‘Aatmnirbhar Bharat’ goals.”
Quoting Tamil poet Avvaiyar, the Prime Minister stressed the need to conserve water as it is not just national issue but a global subject. He emphasized the need to remember mantra of Per Drop More Crop,
Speaking about the nine kilometre stretch of the Chennai Metro Rail Phase One, the Prime Minister informed that the project has been completed on schedule despite the pandemic. The project is in line with the boost to Aatmnirbhar Bharat as the rolling stock has been procured locally and civil construction activities were done by Indian Contractors.
Shri Modi mentioned that in this year’s budget, over Rs 63,000 Cr have been set aside for a 119 km of Phase two of the project. This is one of the largest projects sanctioned for any city in one-go. The focus on urban transport will boost ‘Ease of Living’ for citizens here, Shri Modi pointed out.
The Prime Minister said that improved connectivity brings convenience. It also helps commerce. The Chennai Beach, Ennore Attipattus tretch of Golden Quadrilateral is a high traffic density route. He said there is a need to ensure faster freight movement between Chennai Port and Kamarajar Port and expressed the confidence that the fourth line between Chennai Beach and Attipattu will help in this respect. He also noted that the electrification of Villupuram Thanjavur Thiruvarur project will be a great boon to the delta districts.
AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURING HUB OF INDIA
The Prime Minister noted that Tamil Nadu is already the leading automobile manufacturing hub of India. Now, The Prime Minister saw Tamil Nadu evolving as the Tank manufacturing hub of India. On MBT Arjun Mark 1A, the Prime Minister declared “I am proud to handover the indigenously designed and manufactured “Main Battle Tank Arjun Mark 1A”. It also uses indigenous ammunition. A tank made in Tamil Nadu will be used in our northern borders to keep the nation safe. This showcases India’s united spirit – Bharat’s Ekta Darshan”
DEVELOPMENT OF INDIA’S COASTAL AREAS
Shri Modi said that this year’s Budget has once again showcased the reform commitment of the Government. The Budget gives special importance to the development of India’s coastal areas. Extra credit mechanisms for fishermen communities, upgradation of Infrastructure relating to fishing with modern fishing harbours in five centres including Chennai and seaweed farming. will improve lives of coastal communities. He also informed that for seaweed cultivation, a multi-purpose sea-weed park will come up in Tamil Nadu.
TAMIL BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN SRI LANKA
Prime Minister asserted that the Government has always taken care of the welfare and aspirations of our Tamil brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka. Shri Modi is the only Indian Prime Minister to visit Jaffna. The resources provided by this Government for Tamils have been much more than in the past. The projects include: Fifty thousand houses for displaced Tamils in North-Eastern Sri Lanka. Four thousand houses in the plantation areas.
RIGHTFUL INTERESTS OF FISHERMEN
The Prime Minister also assured that the Government will always protect the rightful interests of fishermen and has always ensured early release whenever fishermen are apprehended in Sri Lanka. More than sixteen hundred fishermen have been released during the tenure of the current Government and there is no Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody. Similarly, three hundred and thirteen boats have also been released, informed the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister inaugurated the Chennai Metro Rail Phase-I extension, fourth Railway line between Chennai Beach and Attipattu, Railway Electrification of single line section in Villupuram – Cuddalore – Mayiladuthurai – Thanjavur and Mayiladuthurai-Thiruvarur. Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for the extension, renovation and modernization of the Grand Anicut Canal Systemand Discovery Campus of IIT Madras.
Governor of Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Deputy Chief Minister, Speaker of Tamil Nadu Assembly Industries Minister of Tamil Nadu were present on the occasion.