Modi launches 11 development projects worth over Rs 31,500 crore in Tamil Nadu
Chennai, May 26, 2022
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his Government was fully focussed on building infrastructure that is top quality and sustainable and covering everyone with key schemes without any exclusion.
"History has taught us that those nations which gave topmost importance to infrastructure made the transition from developing to developed countries," he said in his address after dedicating to the nation and laying the foundation stone of 11 projects worth more than Rs 31,500 crore in Tamil Nadu.
"We aim to achieve Garib Kalyan. Our emphasis on social infrastructure indicates our emphasis on the principle of ‘Sarv Jan Hitaya and Sarv Jan Sukhaya’," he said.
The Prime Minister said that his Government is working to achieve saturation-level coverage for key schemes. "Take any sector -- toilets, housing, financial inclusion, we are working towards complete coverage. When this is done, there is no scope for exclusion," he added.
He said the projects launched today would boost infrastructure development, enhance connectivity and give an impetus to ease of living in the region.
Tamil Nadu Governor R. N. Ravi, Chief Minister M. K. Stalin and Union Minister L Murugan were among those present on the occasion.
Modi began his speech by expressing his happiness to be back in Tamil Nadu.
“It is always wonderful to be back in Tamil Nadu. This land is special. The people, culture and language of this state are outstanding," he said.
He said that someone or the other from Tamil Nadu is always excelling. He recalled hosting the Deaflympics contingent and said “this time it was India’s best performance in the tournament. Out of the 16 medals we have won, youngsters from Tamil Nadu had a role in 6 of those medals”.
"The Tamil language is eternal and the Tamil culture is global. From Chennai to Canada, from Madurai to Malaysia, from Namakkal to New York, from Salem to South Africa, the occasions of Pongal and Puthandu are marked with great fervour," he said.
Modi said the projects launched today, there was a special thrust on road connectivity which is directly linked to economic prosperity.
He said that the Bengaluru-Chennai Expressway would connect two major centres and four-lane double-decker elevated road connecting Chennai Port to Maduravoyal would make Chennai port more efficient and decongest the city.
He also expressed his happiness that five railway stations are being redeveloped. "This modernisation and development is being done keeping in mind the needs of the future. At the same time, it will merge with local art and culture. Madurai-Teni Railway Gauge Conversion Project will help the farmers as it will give them new markets," he said.
The Prime Minister congratulated all those getting houses as a part of the historic Chennai Light House project under the PM-Awas Yojana. “This has been a very satisfying project as we started a global change. And in record time the first project has been realized and I am glad that it is in Chennai,” he said.
Modi said the multi-modal logistic parks would be a paradigm shift in the freight ecosystem of the country. "Each of these projects across various sectors will boost job creation and our resolve to be Atma Nirbhar," he said.
He said that the government has gone beyond what is traditionally referred to as infrastructure. "A few years ago, infrastructure referred to roads, power and water. Today we are working to expand India’s gas pipeline network. Work is happening on i-ways. It is our vision to bring high speed internet to every village."
The Prime Minister stressed that the Government of India is fully committed to further popularising Tamil language and culture. In January this year, the new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil was inaugurated in Chennai. The new campus is fully funded by the Union Government. He added that the "Subramania Bharati Chair" on Tamil Studies at Banaras Hindu University was recently announced. He said that since BHU is located in his constituency, the joy was extra special.
Modi also spoke about Sri Lanka, which is passing through difficult times. "I am sure you are concerned with the developments there. As a close friend and neighbour, India is providing all possible support to Sri Lanka," he said.
He recalled that he was the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Jaffna. The Government of India is undertaking numerous projects to assist Tamil people in Sri Lanka. These projects cover healthcare, transportation, housing and culture, he said.
The Prime Minister dedicated to the nation five projects worth over Rs 2960 crore. The 75 km long Madurai-Teni (Railway Gauge Conversion Project), built at a project cost of over Rs. 500 crore, will facilitate access and give a boost to tourism in the region. The 30 km long third railway line between Tambaram and Chengalpattu, built at a project cost of over Rs. 590 crore, will facilitate running of more suburban services.
The 115 km long Ennore-Chengalpattu section and 271 km long Thiruvallur-Bengaluru section of ETB PNMT natural gas pipeline, built at a project cost of around Rs. 850 crore and Rs 910 crore respectively, will facilitate supply of natural gas to consumers as well industries in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
The programme also witnessed inauguration of 1152 houses constructed as part of the LightHouse Project - Chennai, built at a cost of Rs 116 crore under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban.
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of six projects, being built at a cost of over Rs. 28,540 crore. The 262 km long Bengaluru - Chennai Expressway will be built at a cost of over Rs. 14,870 crore. It will pass through the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and help reduce travel time between Bengaluru and Chennai by 2-3 hours. The four-lane double decker elevated road connecting Chennai Port to Maduravoyal (NH-4), of about 21 km in length, will be built at a cost of over Rs 5850 crore. It will facilitate round the clock approach of goods vehicles to Chennai port. The 94 km long 4 lane Neraluru to Dharmapuri section of NH-844 and 31 km long 2 lane with paved shoulders of Meensurutti to Chidambaram section of NH-227, being built at a cost of around Rs 3870 crore and Rs 720 crore, respectively, will help provide seamless connectivity in the region.
The foundation stones for redevelopment of five Railway stations: Chennai Egmore, Rameswaram, Madurai, Katpadi and Kanyakumari, were also laid during the programme. This project will be completed at a cost of over Rs. 1800 crore, and is being undertaken with a view to enhance convenience and comfort of the passengers through provision of modern amenities.
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of a Multi Modal Logistic Park at Chennai worth around Rs. 1430 crore. It will provide seamless intermodal freight movement and also offer multiple functionalities.