Chennai, Feb 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for several key projects and handed over the Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A) to the Army here in Tamil Nadu on Sunday.
Speaking in the occasion, the Prime Minister said “these projects are symbols of Innovation and Indigenous development. These projects will further the growth of Tamil Nadu.”
The Prime Minister noted that Tamil Nadu is already the leading automobile manufacturing hub of India.
On MBT Arjun Mark 1A, the Prime Minister declared “I am proud to handover the indigenously designed and manufactured “Main Battle Tank Arjun Mark 1A”.
The Prime Minister complimented the farmers in Tamil Nadu for not only following water conservation methods but also for having a record food production throughout the history.
Quoting from the ancient poet Avvaiyar, PM Modi said that when agriculture improves the Nation grows. He emphasised that the Country will give importance to more crop per drop.
PM Modi said that it was a proud fact that the Government will improve the irrigation system which will benefit 2.27 lakh acres of land in the State.
Launching more than 8000 crore Rupees worth projects in Chennai today, the Prime Minister said that India will continue its fight against Covid and make the world a better place to live in.
He further said that the Government was committed for enabling the defence corridor at a cost of Rs. 8100 crore in the state of Tamil Nadu.
Prime Minister also inaugurated the Chennai Metro Rail Phase-I extension, completed at a cost of 3770 crore rupees, and flagged off the passenger services from Washermenpet to Wimco Nagar.
He also inaugurated the Railway Electrification of single line section in Villupuram - Cuddalore - Mayiladuthurai - Thanjavur and Mayiladuthurai-Thiruvarur.
The Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for the extension, renovation and modernization of the Grand Anicut Canal System, which is an important source of irrigation in the delta districts.
He also laid the foundation stone for the Discovery Campus of IIT Madras. The Campus is to be built at Thaiyur near Chennai at an estimated cost of 1000 crore rupees in the first phase, over an area of 2 lakh sqm.