Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

PM’s address at the launch of multiple infrastructure projects in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

  • I am happy to be here in Coimbatore. This is a city of industry and innovation. Today we begin many development works that will benefit Coimbatore and the entire Tamil Nadu.
  • Friends, The foundation stone to modernise the Bhavanisagar damis being laid. This will irrigate over two lakh acres of land.
  • The districts of Erode, Tiruppur and Karur will especially benefit from this project. This project will be of great benefit for our farmers.
  • I am reminded of the words of the great Thiruvalluvar. He said; உழுதுண்டு வாழ்வாரே வாழ்வார்மற் றெல்லாம், தொழுதுண்டு பின்செல் பவர்.
  • It means, ‘the farmers are the one who truly live and all others live because of them;worshiping them’.
  • Friends, Tamil Nadu is making a major contribution to India’s industrial growth. One of the basic needs for industry to grow is continuous power supply.
  • Today, I am happy to dedicate to the nation two major power projects and lay the foundation for one more power project.
  • The 709 megawatt solar power project is developed by Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited in Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Ramanathapuram and Virudhunagar Districts. The cost of this project is over three thousand crore Rupees.
  • Another 1000 megawatt thermal power project of NLC, constructed at a total cost of almost Seven Thousand Eight hundred crore rupees will be of great benefit to Tamil Nadu.
  • Over sixty-five percent of power generated in this project will be given to Tamil Nadu. Friends, Tamil Nadu has a glorious history of sea trade and port led development.
  • I am happy to launch various projects related to V.O. Chidambaranar Port, Thoothukudi. We recall the efforts of the great freedom fighter V-O-C.
  • His vision for a vibrant Indian shipping industry and maritime development inspires us greatly.
  • The projects launched today will further strengthen the cargo handling ability of the port. It will even support the green port initiative.
  • Apart from this, we will take further steps to make the Port into a big trans-shipment port in the east coast.
  • When our ports are more efficient, it contributes to India being Aatmanirbhar and a global hub for trade as well as logistics.
  • The Government of India’s commitment to port-led development can be seen through the Sagarmala Scheme.
  • About 575 projects at a total cost of over six lakh crore rupees have been identified for implementation during 2015-2035 period.
  • These works cover Port modernization, New port development, Port connectivity enhancement, Port-linked industrialisation and Coastal community development.