Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of 11 projects worth over Rs 31,500 crore including the Bangalore-Chennai Expressway, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Thursday. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin was also present on the occasion. PM Modi 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 also laid the foundation stones for the redevelopment of five Railway stations in Tamil Nadu: Chennai Egmore, Rameswaram, Madurai, Katpadi, and Kanyakumari. Redevelopment of the Railway stations project will be completed at a cost of over Rs 1,800 crore. The project has been undertaken with a view to enhancing the convenience and comfort of the passengers through modern amenities. PM also dedicated to the nation and laid the foundation stone of 11 projects worth over Rs 31,500 crore in Chennai. The 75 km long Madurai-Teni (Railway Gauge Conversion Project), built at a cost of over Rs 500 crore, will boost tourism in the region while the 30 km long third railway line between Tambaram – Chengalpattu, built at a cost of over Rs 590 crore, will boost suburban connection.
Meanwhile, in Hyderabad, Telangana, lashing out at the TRS government in Telangana, Prime Minister Modi on Thursday said that when parties dedicated to one family come to power, members of that family become the biggest faces of corruption. Addressing a public meeting in the state, PM Modi said, “Due to political dynasties, the youth, talents of the country do not even get an opportunity to enter politics. Parivarwad crushes every dream of such youth and closes every door for them. Therefore, freedom from dynasties, freedom from family parties is also a resolution for the India of the 21st century.” “The people of Telangana are seeing that when parties dedicated to one family come to power, the members of that family become the biggest faces of corruption. The people of Telangana are seeing that family parties only prosper and fill their coffers,” he added.
The Prime Minister highlighted that when political dynasties are removed from power, it opens up avenues of development. “Now it is the responsibility of my brothers and sisters of Telangana to take this campaign forward,” he said.
Notably, Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao’s son, KT Rama Rao, is a legislator
from Sircilla and is the cabinet minister for IT, Municipal Administration and Urban Development. KCR’s daughter, Kavitha, served as MP from Nizamabad and currently serving as a Member of the Legislative Council, Nizamabad since 2020. KCR’s nephew, Harish Rao, is an MLA for Siddipet and Telangana’s cabinet minister for finance.
However, Telangana Chief Minister avoided meeting Prime Minister Modi for the second time in the last four months as he flew to Bengaluru on Thursday to call on former PM H.D. Deve Gowda and his son H.D. Kumaraswamy of JDS. In February, KCR had skipped meeting PM Modi at the airport when he had visited Hyderabad to unveil the statue of equality at Muchintal. Rao had cited health reasons.
PM Modi was in Hyderabad on Thursday to attend an event at the Indian School of Business. PM Modi, while highlighting that the country is emerging as a major centre of growth today, said that the world is realising “India means business”. The Prime Minister also pointed out the rising Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country stating that it was witnessed to be the “highest ever” last year. The remarks of PM Modi came while addressing an event on the 20 years of the establishment of the Indian School of Business (ISB) here in Hyderabad.
“India is emerging as a major centre of growth today. Last year, the highest ever, record FDI came into India. Today the world is realizing that India means business. Today our youth are proving that they can lead the world. So today the world is looking at India, India’s youth and India’s product with new respect and new trust,” he said.
On the occasion, the Prime Minister asked the students to “combine their personal goals with those of the country”. “We often see Indian solutions being implemented globally. Therefore, on this important day, I would like to ask you to combine your personal goals with the goals of the country,” said PM Modi. Underlining the political will of his government towards reforms, the Prime Minister said that the country is witnessing it which is leading to “continuous reforms”.
“If we compare the last eight years with the previous three decades we’ll see that reforms couldn’t take place despite their need, due to a lack of political willpower & instability. The country couldn’t take big decisions. After 2014, India is witnessing political willpower and continuous reforms,” he said.
“We have done many reforms in medical education also. As a result of this, the number of medical colleges has increased from 380 to more than 600 in the last 8 years. Medical graduate and postgraduate seats have increased from 90 thousand to more than 1.5 lakh in the country,” the Prime Minister added while listing out the reforms undertaken by his government in the medical sector.