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PM Modi in Kerala, Tamil Nadu Highlights: Powered by 130 crore Indians, our fight against Covid-19 has been spirited, says PM Modi in Kochi

PM Narendra Modi in Kerala, Tamil Nadu Today Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Sunday inaugurate and lay the foundation stones of several projects in poll-bound states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and also hand over the Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to the Indian Army.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Kochi, New Delhi |
Updated: February 14, 2021 8:52:37 pm
Narendra Modi in Kochi on Sunday.

PM Modi in Tamil Nadu, Kerala Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed the support of the country’s citizens in fight against Covid-19 pandemic. “Powered by 130 crore Indians, our fight against Covid-19 has been spirited,” he said at the launch of various developmental projects in Kerala’s Kochi. While delivering his speech in the poll-bound state, he also focussed on tourism sector and urged startups to come up with innovative tourism-related products. “I urge our young start-up friends to think about innovative tourism related products. I also urge you all to use this time and travel to as many nearby areas as possible,” he said.

Earlier in the day, he hailed the new developmental projects inaugurated in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai as “symbols of innovation and indigenous development,” and a step towards “Aatmanirbhar Bharat.” Addressing a gathering at Jawaharlal Stadium in Chennai, Modi also appreciated Tamil Nadu farmers for “record food grain production and use of water resources.”

On the second anniversary of the 2019 Pulwama Attack ,the Prime Minister paid his respects soldiers who lost their lives. “No Indian can forget this day. We pay homage to all the martyrs we lost in that attack,” PM said. 

Before his address, Modi  inaugurated and flagged off the train on the extended Phase 1 Chennai Metro Rail Project, completed at a cost of Rs 3,770 crore, and commissioned passenger services from Washermenpet to Wimco Nagar. This project, Modi said, was completed on time despite Covid pandemic. Modi also laid the foundation stone for the extension, renovation and modernization of the Grand Anicut Canal System and the Discovery Campus of IIT Madras.

Earlier in the day, Modi handed over the Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane during his visit to Chennai.

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PM Modi launched key projects, addressed a gathering in Tamil Nadu; PM will reach Kerala at around 3:30 pm. Follow this space for the latest updates here.

20:52 (IST)14 Feb 2021
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi

20:51 (IST)14 Feb 2021
PM Modi meets Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan in Kochi

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17:09 (IST)14 Feb 2021
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"India is proud of its diaspora in the gulf. It has been an honour to be able to spend time with them during my previous visits to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and Bahrain. I shared meals with them and interacted with them. Over 50 lakh Indians came back home under the Vande Bharat Mission. Many of them were from Kerala. It was our govt's honour to serve them in such a sensitive time," says PM Modi.

17:07 (IST)14 Feb 2021
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17:01 (IST)14 Feb 2021
Powered by 130 crore Indians, our fight against Covid-19 has been spirited: PM Modi

"Powered by 130 crore Indians, our fight against Covid-19 has been spirited," says PM Modi.

17:00 (IST)14 Feb 2021
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16:58 (IST)14 Feb 2021
VIGYAN Sagar new knowledge campus of Cochin Shipyard: PM Modi

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16:55 (IST)14 Feb 2021
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16:53 (IST)14 Feb 2021
Think about innovative tourism products: PM Modi

"I urge our young start-up friends to think about innovative tourism related products. I also urge you all to use this time and travel to as many nearby areas as possible," say PM Modi.

16:52 (IST)14 Feb 2021
Watch | PM Modi's speech in Kochi

Watch | PM Modi's speech in Kochi

16:50 (IST)14 Feb 2021
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16:44 (IST)14 Feb 2021
Gathered here to celebrate devp of Kerala, India: PM Modi

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16:42 (IST)14 Feb 2021
PM Modi inaugurates various development projects in Kochi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates various development projects to the nation, at Kochi.

16:32 (IST)14 Feb 2021
PM Modi presents central govt projects in Kochi

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi presents various Central Government projects to the nation in Kochi

16:25 (IST)14 Feb 2021
PM Modi inaugurates 4th Railway line between Chennai Beach & Attipattu

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15:39 (IST)14 Feb 2021
PM Modi reaches Kochi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Kochi, where he will launch key projects. PM Modi landed at Kochi naval airport.

15:39 (IST)14 Feb 2021
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14:36 (IST)14 Feb 2021
PM Modi to reach Kochi at 3:30 pm

From Chennai, the prime minister will travel to Kochi at around 3:30 pm to launch projects in the presence of Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan.

Constructed at a capital cost of about Rs 6,000 crore, the PDPP complex has been set up close to the refinery to achieve integration of feedstock supply, utilities, off-sites and other facilities, the PMO said.

It will benefit the downstream sector in saving huge costs as a result of the ready availability of feedstock and optimized supply chain management. With its commissioning, Kochi refinery will become the first Indian refinery to produce niche petrochemicals.

The prime minister will dedicate to the nation Ro-Ro vessels at Willingdon Islands, Cochin. The International Waterway Authority of India will deploy two new Roll-on/Roll-off vessels between Bolgatty and Willingdon Island on National Waterway-3.

The Ro-Ro vessels -- MV Adi Shankara and MV CV Raman -- will have the capacity to carry six 20-feet trucks, three 20-feet trailer trucks, three 40-feet trailer trucks and 30 passengers each.

The service will benefit trade as a result of reduced transportation cost and transit time, and will also lead to reduced congestion on the roads of Kochi, the statement said.

The prime minister will also inaugurate the International Cruise Terminal ''Sagarika'' at Cochin Port.

Situated at the Ernakulam Wharf on Willingdon Island, it is India''s first full-fledged international cruise terminal. It has state-of-the-art facilities and has been constructed at a cost of Rs 25.72 crore, the PMO said.

"It will promote tourism, give a fillip to development and will act as an effective instrument for employment generation, earning revenue and foreign exchange," it said.

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