Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit four southern states over the course of the next two days: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana.
PM Modi will announce development projects totaling more than Rs 25,000 crore during his trip of the four southern states from November 11 to 12. He will also open an airport terminal and kick off the region’s first Vande Bharat express.
Karnataka, a state governed by the BJP, is first on the Prime Minister’s agenda. At the state secretariat Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, PM Modi started his program on Friday morning by presenting floral tributes to the monuments of the saint poets Kanaka Dasa and Maharshi Valmiki.
The Mysuru-Chennai Vande Bharat Express was then flagged down at Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna (KSR) Railway Station. This is the first Vande Bharat Express train to travel through south India and the sixth overall. It is anticipated that it would improve communication between Mysuru, a well-known tourist destination, the tech and start-up powerhouse of Bengaluru, and Chennai, a major industrial hub.
The Bharat Gaurav Kashi Darshan train was also flagged off by him. Karnataka is the first state to board this train as part of the Bharat Gaurav initiative, in which the government of Karnataka and the Ministry of Railways collaborate to bring pilgrims from the state to Kashi, according to a PMO announcement.
The 108-foot bronze statue of the city’s founder Nadaprabhu Kempegowda, dubbed the “Statue of Prosperity,” will be unveiled by PM Modi later in the day. He will also open the international airport’s Terminal 2 on the city’s outskirts, which cost around Rs 5,000 crore to construct.
According to reports, Terminal 2 was created as homage to Bengaluru’s “Garden city,” and the travelling experience is supposed to resemble a “walk in the garden.” From the existing capacity of around 2.5 crore, the terminal is anticipated to increase the airport’s passenger handling capacity to 5–6 crore per year.
Following that, the Prime Minister will speak at a large gathering in front of thousands of people. The city and the locations of the activities Modi will visit have been given extensive security preparations.
With only around five months till the state’s Assembly elections, PM Modi’s visit is politically vital for the ruling BJP in Karnataka as the saffron party aims to regain power.
The PM will subsequently go to Dindigul in neighboring Tamil Nadu to attend the 36th Gandhigram Rural Institute commencement ceremony.
He will inaugurate and lay the cornerstone for many projects totaling more than Rs 10,500 crore on Saturday in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
Additionally, PM Modi will go to the RFCL plant in Ramagundam, Telangana, where he will dedicate and officially open a number of rail and road projects totaling more than Rs 9,500 crore.