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PM Modi flags off work for Rs 14, 870 crore Bangalore-Chennai Expressway in big push to Tamil Nadu infra projects

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PM Narendra Modi at the dedication to the nation and laying foundation stone of 11 projects worth over Rs 31,500 crore in Tamil Nadu, at Chennai on Thursday (Image courtesy: PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of 11 big ticket infrastructure projects worth over Rs 31,500 crore including the Rs 14, 870 crore Bangalore-Chennai Expressway on Thursday at a function held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Thursday.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin was also present on the occasion.

PM Modi dedicated five projects worth over Rs 2960 crore to the nation. The 75 km long Madurai-Teni (Railway Gauge Conversion Project), built at a project cost of over Rs. 500 crore, will facilitate access and give a boost to tourism in the region. The 30 km long third railway line between Tambaram - Chengalpattu, built at a project cost of over Rs. 590 crore, will facilitate running of more suburban services, thus offering greater options and enhancing comfort for the travellers.

The 115 km long Ennore-Chengalpattu section and 271 km long Thiruvallur-Bengaluru section of ETBPNMT natural gas pipeline, built at a project cost of around Rs. 850 crore and Rs 910 crore respectively, will facilitate supply of natural gas to consumers as well industries in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

The Prime Minister inaugurated 1,152 houses constructed under the Light House Project - Chennai. The project has been built at a cost of Rs 116 crore under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban.PM Modi had launched the Lighthouse projects on January 1, 2021, to use new technology to complete housing projects faster while making them more resilient. Since then, he has been regularly reviewing the status of the project, including through drone-based monitoring.

The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of six projects, being built at a cost of over Rs. 28,540 crore.

The 262 Km long Bengaluru - Chennai Expressway will be built at a cost of over Rs. 14,870 crore. It will pass-through states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and help reduce travel time between Bengaluru and Chennai by 2-3 hours. The 4 Lane double decker elevated road connecting Chennai Port to Maduravoyal (NH-4), of about 21 Km in length, will be built at a cost of over Rs 5850 crore. It will facilitate round the clock approach of goods vehicles to Chennai port. The 94 km long 4 lane Neraluru to Dharmapuri section of NH-844 and 31 km long 2 lane with paved shoulders of Meensurutti to Chidambaram section of NH-227, being built at a cost of around Rs 3870 crore and Rs 720 respectively, will help provide seamless connectivity in the region.

The foundation stones for redevelopment of five Railway stations: Chennai Egmore, Rameswaram, Madurai, Katpadi and Kanniyakumari, were also laid during the programme. This project will be completed at a cost of over Rs. 1800 crore, and is being undertaken with a view to enhance convenience and comfort of the passengers through provision of modern amenities.

The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of a Multi Modal Logistic Park at Chennai worth around Rs. 1,430 crore. It will provide seamless intermodal freight movement and also offer multiple functionalities.

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