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PM Modi flags off Chennai-Coimbatore Vande Bharat Express train in Tamil Nadu

During the visit, PM Modi flagged-off 13 new Multi-Modal Transport Service services in the suburban section of Hyderabad-Secunderabad twin city region, providing commuters with a fast, convenient and comfortable travel option.

Edited By : Sheenu Sharma, Hritika Mitra
Updated on: April 08, 2023 16:52 IST
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Image Source : PTI. PM Modi inaugurates new integrated terminal building of Chennai Airport.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Secunderabad-Tirupati Vande Bharat Express today (April 8) during his visit to Telangana. He also visited Tamil Nadu and laid the foundation stone of a slew of development projects. 

PM Modi Tamil Nadu visit:

PM Modi inaugurated a slew of developmental projects in Tamil Nadu today (April 8). He inaugurated several infrastructure projects, including the state-of-the-art integrated terminal building set up at a total outlay of around Rs 2,437 crore at the Chennai airport, upon his arrival in the state.

Following his arrival, Modi will open the new terminal, the first phase of which has been completed. It is expected to enhance passenger traffic to 35 million per year. "This will be an important addition to Chennai's infrastructure. It will boost connectivity and also benefit the local economy," Modi had said in a tweet.

Know more about Chennai airport:

According to Chennai airport officials, the new integrated terminal is spread across 2.20 lakh sq metres and would cater to the growing air traffic in Tamil Nadu. The terminal is also a reflection of the government's commitment towards providing high-quality infrastructure to travellers, they said.

"With the annual passenger handling capacity of 35 million passengers, the modern facility at the Chennai Airport will improve air travel experiences for all," the Ministry of Civil Aviation said. The terminal is equipped with 108 immigration counters which are split equally between arrival and departure areas. It would significantly enhance the travel experience for passengers by expediting the transit process, it said.

SEE IN PICS: PM Modi to inaugurate new terminal building at Chennai Airport on April 8

Security arrangements:

Security has been beefed up across the city in view of the visit while motorists have been asked to plan ahead of their journey to reach their destination as elaborate traffic diversions have been made, police said.

Vande Bharat express train:

Besides the inauguration of the integrated new terminal, Modi flagged off the Vande Bharat train between Chennai and Coimbatore at the Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MGR Central Railway Station. Southern Railway has planned to operate the high-speed Vande Bharat express train between the two cities on all days except Wednesday.

The train would ply at a speed of 130 kmph reaching the destination on both sides in about 5.50 hours thereby saving 1.20 hours journey time compared to express trains, Southern Railway said. Later, Modi took part in the 125th annual day celebrations of Ramakrishna Mutt at Vivekanandhar Illam on the arterial Kamarajar Salai (Beach Road) and inaugurated infrastructure projects at Pallavaram.

PM Modi Telangana visit: 

PM inaugurated and lay the foundation stone of projects worth over Rs 11,300 crore in Telangana besides flagging off the Secunderabad-Tirupati Vande Bharat Express today. In a brisk visit to the city, Modi also participated in a public meeting at Parade Ground. 

He laid the foundation stone of AIIMS Bibinagar, and five National Highway projects. 

Secunderabad Railway Station redevelopment

He also laid the foundation stone for the redevelopment of Secunderabad Railway Station and dedicate to the nation other development projects related to the Railways. The Secunderabad-Tirupati Vande Bharat Express, connecting Hyderabad with the abode of Lord Venkateswara, Tirupati, is the second Vande Bharat train to be started from Telangana within a short span of three months.

The train will reduce the travel time between the two cities by almost three and half hours and will be particularly beneficial for pilgrim passengers. The redevelopment of Secunderabad Railway Station, to be done at a cost of Rs 720 crore, is being planned such that it will undergo a massive makeover with world-class amenities and aesthetically designed iconic station building.

The redeveloped station would be having double-level spacious roof plaza with all passenger amenities at one place along with multi-modal connectivity for providing seamless transfer of passengers from rail to other modes among others. 

SEE IN PICS: Secunderabad railway station all set for redevelopment

MMTS services: 

During the visit, Modi flagged-off 13 new Multi-Modal Transport Service (MMTS) services in the suburban section of Hyderabad-Secunderabad twin city region, providing commuters with a fast, convenient and comfortable travel option. 

He also dedicated to the nation the doubling and electrification of Secunderabad–Mahabubnagar project. The project stretching for a distance of over 85 km has been completed at a cost of nearly Rs 1,410 crore. The project will provide seamless connectivity and assist in enhancing the average speed of trains.

AIIMS Bibinagar:

At the public programme at Parade Ground the Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of AIIMS Bibinagar in Hyderabad. This is a testimony of the PM’s vision of strengthening health infrastructure across the country, an official release had said earlier. AIIMS Bibinagar is being developed at the cost of more than Rs 1,350 crore. The establishment of AIIMS Bibinagar is an important milestone in providing comprehensive, quality and holistic tertiary care health services to the people of Telangana at their doorstep.

National Highways:

Modi will also lay the foundation stone of National Highway projects worth more than Rs 7,850 crore. These road projects will strengthen the road connectivity of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, and will aid in the socio-economic development of the region. 

(With agencies inputs)


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