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.