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New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on February 25, 2021. At around 11:30 am, Prime Minister will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of various development initiatives in Puducherry. At around 4 pm, the Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation and lay foundation  of multiple infrastructure projects worth over Rs 12,400 crore in Coimbatore.

PM in Tamil Nadu :  The Prime Minister Modi will dedicate to the nation the Neyveli New Thermal Power Project. It is a lignite based power plant designed for power generation capacity of 1,000 MW and has two units of 500 MW capacity each. Built at a cost of about Rs 8,000 crore, the pit head power plant will utilise lignite as fuel from the existing mines of Neyveli, which have sufficient lignite reserves for meeting the lifetime requirement of the project.

The Plant has been designed for 100% Ash utilisation. The power generated would benefit Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Puducherry, with Tamil Nadu having the major share of about 65%, according to a PIB release.

The PM will also dedicate to the nation the 709 MW Solar Power Project of NLCIL, established over an area of about 2,670 acre of land across the districts of Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Ramanathapuram, and Virudhunagar. The project has been set up at a cost of over Rs 3,000 crore.

He will lay the foundation stone of the extension, renovation and modernisation of Lower Bhavani Project System. The Bhavanisagar dam and the canal systems were completed in 1955. The Lower Bhavani System comprises Lower Bhavani Project Canal System, Arakankottai & Thadapalli Channels, and Kalingarayan Channel.  It irrigates over 2 lakh acre of land in Erode, Tiruppur and Karur districts. The extension, renovation and modernisation of Lower Bhavani System has been taken up at a cost of Rs 934 crore under NABARD Infrastructure Development Assistance.

The PM will also inaugurate the 8-laning of Korampallam Bridge and Rail Over Bridge (ROB) at V.O.Chidambaranar Port. It is one of the Major Ports in India. At present, 76% of the cargo is transported through road from/to the Port using the existing Korampallam bridge, which was constructed in early 1964 with a 14m wide carriageway. An average of about 3,000 heavy loaded cargo trucks move daily over this bridge creating heavy congestion over the road and consequent delays and increase in turnaround time. In order to provide seamless evacuation of cargo and to avoid traffic congestion in the port area, the project of 8-laning of the existing Korampallam bridge and Rail Over bridge has been implemented.

He will lay the foundation of  design, supply, installation and commissioning of a 5MW grid connected ground based solar power plant at V.O.Chidambaranar Port. The project, to be set up at an estimated cost of about Rs 20 crore, will generate over 80 lakh units (KWH) per annum, meeting 56% of the total energy consumption of the Port.

With an aim to boost ease of living, the PM will ialso inaugurate the tenements constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) scheme. Built by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board, they include 1,280 tenements at Veerapandi, Tiruppur; 1,248 tenements at Thirukumaran Nagar, Tiruppur; 1,088 tenements at Rajakkur Phase-II in Madurai, and 528 tenements at Irungalur in Trichy.

The PM will also lay the foundation of  development of Integrated Command and Control Centers (ICCC) in nine Smart Cities including Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Thanjavur, Vellore, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruppur, Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi.

PM in Puducherry : The PM will lay the foundation of 4 laning of NH45-A – 56 km Sattanathapuram – Nagapattinam package of Villupuram to Nagapattinam project covering Karaikal District. The capital cost to be incurred in this project is about Rs 2,426 crore. He will also lay the foundation of the Medical College Building at Karaikal New Campus– Phase I, Karaikal District (JIPMER). The estimated cost of the project is Rs 491 crore. He will also lay the foundation of development of Minor Port at Puducherry under Sagarmala Scheme.