Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated Balangir-Bichhupali railway line in Odisha. The railway line has been built at a cost of Rs 115 crore. PM Modi also laid the foundation stone for permanent building of Kendriya Vidyalaya at Sonepur in Odisha. The building will be constructed at an investment of Rs 15.81 crore. The prime minister also inaugurated renovation and restoration works of Nilamadhav and Siddheswar Temple in Odisha's Boudh district.
The prime minister also dedicated to the nation a Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) in Jharsuguda. The MMLP has been constructed at a cost of Rs 100 crore and will facilitate export-import and domestic cargo including, private freight traffic.
It is located adjacent to the Howrah-Mumbai line which is 5 km from Jharsuguda railway station. Many important industries including steel, cement, paper are located around the facility and will benefit from it.
The 15 km Balangir-Bichupali new railway line would connect coastal Odisha with the western parts of the state synchronising development across the state, the statement said.
It will reduce travel time from Bhubaneswar and Puri to major cities like New Delhi and Mumbai. The line would also benefit many small, medium and cottage industries in Odisha and open up opportunities for the mining sector in the state.
The prime minister also dedicated to the nation electrification of 813 km of Jharsuguda-Vizinagaram and Sambalpur-Angul lines done at a cost of Rs 1,085 crore. It will ensure seamless rail connectivity on the line.
He also dedicated the doubling of 13.5 km Barpali-Dungaripali and Balangir-Deogaon road line. The doubling of the line will boost industrial capacity in Odisha.
Later the day, PM Modi arrived in Kollam, Kerala and laid the fpundation stone of Kollam Bypass on National Highway 66. It is a 13 km-long two-lane bypass, and includes three major bridges over the Ashtamudi lake. The project will cut travel time between Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram, and will also decongest traffic in Kollam town.
Later he will travel to Thiruvanathapuram, where he will visit the Padmanabhaswamy temple and is likely to unveil a plaque to mark the launch of visitor facilities there.
PM Modi in Kerala LIVE
07:50 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Swadeshi Darshan Scheme at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Kerala Governor Palanisamy Sathasivam, CM Pinarayi Vijayan, and Shashi Tharoor also present.
6:38 pm: We will leave no stone unturned to fulfil people's dreams and build a strong, prosperous and inclusive India: PM Modi
6:36 pm: I will do everything I can for each and every Indian: PM Modi
6:31 pm: In every sphere of Government, the BJP-led NDA government has made significant effort to bring transformation, says PM Modi.
6:25 pm: UDF opposed the triple talaq bill in Parliament, says PM Modi.
6:22 pm: A few days ago, our Government had the historic opportunity to pass a legislation that gives 10% quota to poor people from the General Category. We believe that every Indian, irrespective of caste, creed or community deserves equal opportunity: PM Modi
6:20 pm: Triple Talaq is great injustice to women. Several Islamic nations have banned it. Why should India have such a practice?, asks PM
6:18 pm: The NDA Government has been working towards abolishing Triple Talaq but the Congress is creating obstruction, says PM Modi.
6:16 pm: We knew that the Communists do not respect Indian history, culture and spirituality. But nobody imagined, they would have such hatred. The UDF is no better! The Congress has multiple stands - they say one thing in Parliament but a different thing in Pathanamthitta: PM Modi
6:14 pm: "On one hand, the NDA Govt at the Centre is working day and night for the people of Kerala. But, it pains me no end that the Kerala of spirituality & tranquility, the Kerala of harmony & happiness has become hostage to corruption & communalism of two alliances - LDF & UDF," says PM Modi.
5:26 pm: I pray for a strong and developed Kerala
5:25 pm: When we formed government, only 56% of rural habitations were connected by a road. Today more than 90% of rural habitations are connected by a road. I am sure that we will definitely achieve the target of 100% soon
5:22 pm: India ranks 3 in WTTC Travel & Tourism Power and Performance ranking
5:17 pm: We do not only connect towns and villages, but we also connect aspirations with achievements, optimism with opportunity and hope with happiness. My commitment is for the development of every countrymen.
5:15 pm: Our government has mainly focused on construction of highways, airways and waterways.
5:11 pm: Ease of living for the people is the commitment of our government. We believe in 'Sabka saath, sabka vikas': PM Modi.
5:10 pm: PM Modi inaugurates Kollam Bypass on National Highway 66.
4:55 pm: In Kerala, the prime minister will inaugurate the Kollam bypass on National Highway 66. It is a 13 km-long two-lane bypass, and includes three major bridges over the Ashtamudi lake. The project will cut travel time between Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram, and will also decongest traffic in Kollam town.
In Thiruvananthapuram, Modi will visit the Padmanabhaswamy temple and is likely to unveil a plaque to mark the launch of visitor facilities there.
This will be the third official visit of the prime minister to Kollam. His first visit to the city was in December 2015, when he unveiled the statue of R Sankar. The prime minister also visited Kollam in April 2016, hours after a fire tragedy.
4:50 pm: Kerala: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan felicitates Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kollam.
PM Modi in Odisha highlights
12:01 pm: Every institution across the world says India is going to progress at a good pace in future: PM Modi
11:55 am: Yoga is India's asset, but some people opposing International Yoga Day: PM Modi
11:45 am: Central govt has made changes in mining laws keeping in mind the interest of adivasis. A distrci mineral fund has been set up for the benefit of the residents of the states where mining takes place.
11:40 am: Central govt sanctioned railway projects worth Rs 20,000 crore for Odisha in last 4.5 years: PM Modi
11:32 pm: Efforts are being made to bring back ancient statues stolen from India: PM Modi
11:27 am: Our civilisation is one of oldest civilisations of the world, says PM Modi
11:20 am: Odisha is the land of sun god. The light emanating from Konark has been illuminating India for centuries: PM Modi
11:16 am: PM Modi begins his speech at Balangir