PM inaugurates several completed projects and lays foundation stones for new projects in Chennai
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tamil language is eternal, Tamil culture is global and the people, culture and language of Tamil Nadu state are outstanding.
He said this after laying foundation stones for six major infrastructure projects worth 28,540 crore rupees and dedicating to the nation five projects that have been completed at a cost of 2960 crore rupees, at a function in Chennai last evening.
In his address, the Prime Minister said, he observed that someone or the other from Tamil Nadu is always excelling. He recalled his hosting the Deaflympics contingent and said that this time it was India’s best performance in the tournament. Referring to the medal tally of sixteen in the games, he said youngsters from Tamil Nadu had a role in six of them. He also recited the song of Mahakavi Subramania Bharathi about the language.
Prime Minister Modi reiterated that the Centre is fully committed to further popularising Tamil language and culture. He pointed to the inauguration of the new campus of the Central Institute of Classical Tamil which is being 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 those nations which gave importance to infrastructure made the transition from developing to developed countries. He remarked that the government has gone beyond the traditional areas of infrastructure like roads, power and water, adding, the Centre is working on the expansion of the gas pipeline network and information highways.
Mr. Modi said the vision for the Government is to achieve the saturation level of coverage of all the welfare schemes, including in providing toilets, housing, drinking water and financial inclusion.
The Prime Minister said that the proposed Bengaluru – Chennai Expressway will connect the two major centers boosting the economy. Referring to the four-lane, double decker, elevated road connecting Chennai Port to Maduravoyal, he said it will make Chennai port more efficient and decongest the city. He also expressed happiness that five railway stations in the state are being redeveloped, saying they are being upgraded keeping in mind the futuristic needs.
The Prime Minister appreciated the completion of the Chennai Light House project under the urban component of the PM-Awas Yojana as the first in the country. He congratulated the 1152 beneficiaries who got the houses.
The Prime Minister noted that the multi-modal logistic parks similar to the one for which the works were launched yesterday in Chennai will result in a paradigm shift in the freight ecosystem of the country.
On Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister said, as a close friend and neighbour, India is providing all possible support to the country in distress. He said the aid to Sri Lanka includes financial, food, medicines and other essential goods.
The Prime Minister reiterated the country’s collective resolve to fulfil the dreams of the freedom fighters during the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr L Murugan said in his welcome address, history has been scripted in the country’s export of marine products last financial year, despite all odds. He said the Central Government under Prime Minister Modi is doing what it promised and even beyond what was assured.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said the state government is always willing to work with the Centre in augmenting infrastructure. He requested the extension of the GST compensation mechanism for two more years. He reiterated his demand to retrieve Katchatheevu Island to find a solution to the issue of Indian fishermen’s arrest by SriLankan Navy, and asked the Centre to grant its approval for the bill seeking exemption from NEET for medical admission for the state.
The chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and Union Ministers of Highways, Railways and Urban Development took part in the event in virtual mode.