Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated several projects in Kerala, which are set for assembly elections soon. These include state-of-the-art technology for providing reliable access to electricity. Modi said that the government is working to ensure development reaches all. PARVATHI SAJIV reports from Thiruvananthapuram.
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated numerous projects in poll-bound Kerala yesterday via video conferencing. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Union Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri and R K Singh and state ministers were amongst the members who attended the virtually organised event.
Among the development projects is the 320 KV Pugalur ( Tamil Nadu) -Thrissur ( Kerala) power transmission project, facilitating the transfer of power and helping with Kerala’s growth. Built at a cost of Rs 5,070 crore is the Voltage Source Converter ( VSC) based High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Project and has India’s first HVDC link featuring state-of-the-art VSC technology.
The other projects include the 50 MW Kasaragod Solar Power Project, developed under the National Solar Energy Mission and the much-awaited 75 MLD (million litres per day) Water Treatment Plant at Aruvikkara near here under the AMRUT Mission.
Work is underway to connect our hard-working farmers with the solar sector and make our ‘annadata’ ‘urzadata’ also: PM Modi
These recent projects being inaugurated come at the backdrop of significant allocation for national highways and metro rail development in the Budget for the state and the commissioning of major infrastructure projects at BPCL Kochi refinery a few days back.
Prime Minister Modi said, “Development and good governance do not know caste, creed, race, gender, religion or language. Development is for everyone. This is the essence of ‘Sabaka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’. Development is our aim, Development is our religion.”
He also said that the country will now invest in a blue economy where the fishermen community’s efforts are based on more credits, increased technology, top-quality infrastructure, & supportive govt policies.
Modi also laid the foundation stones for the Integrated Command and Control Centre and Smart Roads Project, both in the capital city -Thiruvananthapuram.
(Parvati Sajiv is a student of the Symbiosis Centre of Media and Communication, Pune and is an intern at The Leaflet.)