PM Modi on Saturday flagged off the inaugural special of the Vande Bharat Express between Chennai and Coimbatore, the first such service connecting two Tamil Nadu cities. The Prime Minister landed in Chennai after his visit to Hyderabad and inaugurated the Rs 1,260 crore New Integrated Terminal Building (Phase-1) of the Chennai International Airport. He also held a roadshow in Chennai.
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In Hyderabad, he flagged off the Secunderabad-Tirupati Vande Bharat Express train. He also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of projects worth over Rs 11,300 crore in Telangana. This was PM Modi’s first visit to Telangana this year.
PM Modi In Hyderabad
In a brisk, 2-hour visit to the city, the Prime Minister participated in a public meeting in Hyderabad. PM Modi arrived at Begumpet airport in Hyderabad, where Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, along with BJP workers welcomed him.
From there, he reached Secunderabad railway station by road, from where he flagged off Secunderabad-Tirupati Vande Bharat Express, connecting Hyderabad with the abode of Lord Venkateswara, Tirupati. PM Modi also laid the foundation stone for the modernisation of the railway station there.
During the visit, Modi also flagged off 13 new Multi-Modal Transport Service (MMTS) services in the suburban section of Hyderabad-Secunderabad twin city region. He also dedicated to the nation the doubling and electrification of Secunderabad–Mahabubnagar project.
At the public programme, the Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of AIIMS Bibinagar, Hyderabad. PM Modi also laid the foundation stone of National Highway projects worth more than Rs. 7,850 crore.
Speaking at a public meeting here, PM Modi appealed to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao-led BRS Government to not allow any obstruction in development being planned for the people of the state, as he expressed ‘pain’ at the alleged non-cooperation of the ruling dispensation towards central initiatives aimed at the southern state.
Without mentioning any names, PM Modi said a handful of people encouraging ‘parivarvaad’ (dynastic politics) are trying to see where they can reap benefits from projects being implemented for the people of Telangana.
He said he was pained at the non-cooperation of the state government in Centre’s projects which according to him is affecting the dreams of the people of Telangana.
He said Parivarvaad’ and corruption are not different and the latter begins to grow where there is ‘parivarvaad.
Ahead of PM Modi’s arrival in Hyderabad, hoardings have reportedly been put up in the city taking a dig at BJP over dynasty politics and corruption. “Parivar welcomes you Modi Ji,” reads a huge hoarding put up by the ruling BRS on Friday.
PM Modi in Chennai
A five-tier security arrangement has been put in place in Chennai ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the city. Around 26,000 police personnel will be deployed in the city to do intense security checks at all locations the Prime Minister is scheduled to visit, including the Chennai Airport, Central Station, Vivekananda House, Raj Bhavan, and INS Adyar Helipad.
As per media reports, the Prime Minister is expected to arrive in the city around 2.30 p.m. and will first inaugurate the new integrated terminal building of Chennai airport.
Later, around 4 pm, he will flag off Vande Bharat Express at the Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M.G. Ramachandran Central Railway Station. He will also take part in the 125th annual day celebrations of Ramakrishna Mutt at Vivekanandhar Illam on the arterial Kamarajar Salai (Beach Road).
At around 6:30 pm, he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various projects at Alstom cricket ground, Pallavaram.
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