Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

PM’s address at Inauguration/ Handing Over/ Laying of Foundation Stone of various projects of Chennai

  • I am happy to be in Chennai today. I thank the people of this city for the warm welcome they have given me today.
  • This city is full of energy and enthusiasm. It is a city of knowledge and creativity. From Chennai today, we begin key infrastructure projects.
  • These projects are symbols of: Innovation and Indigenous development. These projects will further the growth of Tamil Nadu.
  • Friends, This programme is special because we lay the foundation to modernise the six hundred and thirty six kilometres long Grand Anicut Canal System.
  • The impact of this is going to be very big. It will improve irrigation facilities for 2.27 lakh acres of land.
  • Districts of Thanjavur and Pudukkottai will gain specially. I want to appreciate the farmers of Tamil Nadu for record food grain production and good use of water resources.
  • For thousands of years, this Grand Anicut and its canal systems, have been the life-line of the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu.
  • The Grand Anicut is a living testimony to our glorious past. It is also an inspiration to our Nation’s “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” goals.
  • In the words of the famous Tamil poet Avvaiyaar वरप्पु उयरा नीर उयरूम, नीर उयरा नेल उयरूम, नेल उयरा कुड़ी उयरूम, कुड़ी उयरा कोल उयरूम, कोल उयरा कोण उयरवान
  • When water levels rise, cultivation rises, people prosper and the state prospers. We have to do what-ever we can to conserve water.
  • This is not only a national issue. It is a global subject. Always remember the Mantra of Per Drop More Crop, This will help future generations.
  • Friends, It would make everybody happy that we are inaugurating the nine kilometre stretch of the Chennai Metro Rail Phase One.
  • This would go from Washermen pet to Wimco Nagar. This project has been completed on schedule, despite the global pandemic.
  • The civil construction activities were done by Indian Contractors. The Rolling stock has been procured locally.
  • This is in line with the boost to Aatmanirbhar Bharat. The Chennai Metro is growing rapidly.
  • In this year’s budget, over Rupees Sixty Three thousand crore have been set aside for a hundred and nineteen kilometres of Phase two of the project.
  • This is one of the largest projects sanctioned for any city in one-go. The focus on urban transport will boost ‘Ease of Living’ for citizens here.