PM Modi launches infra projects worth over Rs 17,300 cr in Tamil Nadu


February 29, 2024: On February 28, 2024, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for numerous development projects valued at over Rs 17,300 crore in Tamil Nadu. These initiatives included the commencement of the Outer Harbor Container Terminal at V O Chidambaranar Port in Thoothukudi and the launch of India’s first indigenous green hydrogen fuel cell inland waterway vessel as part of the Harit Nauka programme. Additionally, tourist facilities at 75 lighthouses across 10 states were dedicated.

Moreover, Modi inaugurated rail projects aimed at doubling the Vanchi Maniyachchi-Nagercoil railway line, covering sections like Vanchi Maniyachchi-Tirunelveli and Melappalayam-Aralvaymoli. He also inaugurated four road projects in Tamil Nadu, collectively developed at a cost of approximately Rs 4,586 crore. Notably, Modi emphasized that the container terminal at V O Chidambaranar Port would require an investment of Rs 7,000 crore. Furthermore, projects worth Rs 900 crore were dedicated to the nation, while those worth Rs 2,500 crore were initiated at 13 ports.

The electrification and doubling of railway lines are expected to improve connectivity between South Tamil Nadu and Kerala, while also easing congestion in Tirunelveli and Nagercoil. Modi emphasized the importance of four major road projects in modernizing Tamil Nadu’s infrastructure, which will enhance connectivity, reduce travel time, and boost trade and tourism in the state.

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