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Modi launches Strategic Petroleum Reserves at Vizag, Mangalore and Padur
Tiruppur/Guntur/Hubbali, February 10, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of a slew of development projects in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, including Strategic Petroleum Reserves at Visakhapatnam, Mangalore and Padur.
Modi laid the foundation stone of the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation’s (ESIC) multi-speciality Hospital at Tiruppur in Tamil Nadu. This state-of-the-art, 100- bedded hospital will cater to the medical needs of over 100,000 workers and their family members in Tiruppur and nearby areas covered under the ESI Act.
Earlier, these people were served by the two ESIC dispensaries functioning in the city. For any advanced medical intervention, they had to travel at least 50 km to reach the ESIC Medical College Hospital in Coimbatore.
He also inaugurated the ESIC Hospital Chennai, a 470-bed hospital with state-of-the-art facilities to provide quality treatment in all disciplines of medicine.
He also laid the foundation stone for a new integrated building at Tiruchirapalli Airport and for the modernization of Chennai airport. With the new integrated terminal building in Tiruchirapalli, the airport can handle 3.63 million passengers per annum on full capacity and 2,900 passengers at peak hour with provision for expansion.
Chennai airport will be modernized with the provision of e-gates, biometric-based passenger screening systems, various other features which will decongest the existing international departure terminal.
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited's (BPCL) Ennore Coastal Terminal was dedicated to the nation on this occasion. It will be a bigger and better alternative to its Tondiarpet facility. With this terminal in place, products can be moved along the coast from Kochi, thereby also reducing the cost of movement by road.
The Prime Minister also inaugurated a new crude oil pipeline from Chennai Port to Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited’s (CPCL) Manali Refinery. The pipeline, built with enhanced safety features, will ensure a safe and reliable supply of crude oil and will cater to the needs of Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states.
Passenger service for a section of Chennai Metro from AG-DMS Metro station to Washermenpet Metro Station was inaugurated by Modi. This 10-km section is a part of Phase-1 of Chennai Metro. With this stretch all 45 km of the Phase I project has become operational.
During his visit to Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, Modi inaugurated three major projects -- the 1.33 MMT Visakhapatnam SPR facility, unveiled BPCL Coastal Installation Project and ONGC’s S1 Vasishta.
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan and Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation were also present on the occasion.
In a boost to the energy security of the country, he dedicated to the nation the 1.33 MMT Visakhapatnam Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) facility of Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve Limited (ISPRL). The cost of the project is Rs. 1125 crore. The facility has the largest underground storage compartment in the country.
He laid the foundation stone for BPCL's Coastal Installation Project at Krishnapatnam. The estimated cost of the project, spread over 100 acres is Rs 580 crore. It will be commissioned by November 2020. The fully automated and state-of-the-art project will ensure the security of the petroleum products for Andhra Pradesh.
Giving a major push to the gas-based economy, he also dedicated to the nation ONGC’s S1 Vasishta development project located in the Krishna-Godavari (KG) Offshore Basin in Andhra Pradesh.
The cost of the project is about Rs.5,700 crore and it is expected to help reduce oil imports by 10% by 2020.
At Gabbur in Hubbali district of Karnataka, Modi nveiled a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Dharwad.
He dedicated to the nation the City Gas Distribution Project at Dharwad as well as the 1.5 MMT Mangalore Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) facility and the 2.5 MMT Padur SPR facility of ISPRL.
Modi also dedicated doubling of the 18-km-long Chikjajur-Mayakonda railway section, to the nation. The doubling of the line has increased the capacity of this important route connecting Bengaluru to Hubballi, Belagavi, Goa, Pune and Mumbai, resulting in faster movement of trains.
The Prime Minister witnessed the e-Griha Pravesh of 2,350 houses constructed under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) (Urban) at Dharwad.
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