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Shri Narendra Modi will visit Karnataka and Kerala on September 1-2 to support the strategic sectors

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will visit Karnataka and Kerala on September 1-2. On September 1 at 6 pm, the Prime Minister will visit Sri Adi Shankara Janma Bhoomi Kshetram, the holy birthplace of Adi Shankaracharya, at Kalady village near Cochin Airport. On September 2 at 9:30 am, the Prime Minister will commission the first aircraft carrier of his own as INS Vikrant at Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi. Then at 1:30 PM, the Prime Minister will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of projects worth around Rs 3,800 crore in Mangaluru.

PM in Kochi

The Prime Minister has been a strong supporter of Aatmanirbharta, especially in strategic sectors. In what will be a major step towards self-reliance in the defense sector, the Prime Minister will commission the first indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier as INS Vikrant. Designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house Warship Design Bureau (WDB) and built by Cochin Shipyard Limited, a public sector shipyard under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Vikrant was built with state-of-the-art automation features and is the largest. ship ever built in the naval history of India.

The indigenous aircraft carrier is named after its illustrious predecessor, India’s first aircraft carrier, which played a vital role in the war in 1971. It has a large number of home-grown equipment and machinery that includes major industrial enterprises in the country as well as more than 100 small and medium enterprises. With the commissioning of Vikrant, India will have two operational aircraft carriers to strengthen the country’s maritime security. During the event, the Prime Minister will also unveil a new Naval Ensign (Nishaan) that sheds the colonial past and lives up to India’s rich maritime heritage.

PM in Mangaluru

The Prime Minister will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of mechanization and industrialization projects worth around Rs 3,800 crore in Mangaluru. The Prime Minister will launch a project worth over Rs 280 crore for the mechanization of Berth No. 14 for handling containers and other cargo undertaken by the New Mangalore Port Authority. The mechanized terminal will increase efficiency and reduce turnaround time, pre-landing delay and port dwell time by approximately 35%, thereby boosting the business environment. Phase I of the project has been successfully completed, increasing the handling capacity by over 4.2 MTPA, which would further increase to over 6 MTPA by 2025.

The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of five projects worth around Rs 1,000 crore being implemented by the port. Equipped with a state-of-the-art LPG cryogenic storage terminal, the integrated LPG and Bulk Liquid POL Facility will be able to unload a full VLGC (Very Large Gas Carrier) load of 45,000 tonnes in a highly efficient manner. The facility will boost the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana in the region while enhancing the port’s status as one of the top LPG importing ports in the country. The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for the projects of construction of storage tanks and edible oil refinery, construction of asphalt storage and associated facilities and construction of asphalt and edible oil storage and associated facilities. These projects will reduce the turnaround time of bitumen and edible oil ships and reduce the overall transport costs for the trade. The prime minister will also lay the foundation stone for the development of a fishing port in Kulai, which will facilitate safe handling of fish catch and enable better prices in the world market. This work will be carried out under the auspices of the Sagarmala program and will result in significant socio-economic benefits to the fishing community.

The Prime Minister will also inaugurate two projects being executed by Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited viz BS VI Upgradation Project and Sea Water Desalination Plant. The approximately Rs 1,830 crore BS VI modernization project will facilitate the production of BS-VI grade ultra-clean eco-fuel (less than 10 PPM sulphur). The sea water desalination plant, set up at a cost of around Rs. 680 crores, will help reduce dependence on fresh water and ensure regular supply of hydrocarbons and petrochemicals throughout the year. The 30 million liters per day (MLD) plant converts seawater into water needed for refining processes.

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