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Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for various road projects worth Rs 3,700 crore that would boost the inter-state connectivity between Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

At a public programme held at Alstom cricket grounds at suburban Pallavaram this evening, the Prime Minister launched projects that included inauguration of 7.3 km long Elevated Corridor in Madurai City and the 24.4 km long four lane road of National Highway 785.

Mr Modi also laid the foundation stone for construction of road projects of National Highway-744. The projects worth more than Rs.2,400 crore will boost inter-state connectivity between Tamil Nadu and Kerala and ensure a convenient journey for pilgrims
visiting Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, Andal Temple in Srivilliputhur and Sabarimala in Kerala.

The Foundation stone was laid for construction of four-lane road for Thirumangalam-Vadugapatti section and construction of 4-lane road for Vadugapatti-Therkuvenganallur section of NH-744 in the presence of Tamil Nadu Governor, Chief Minister m.K.Stalin, Union
Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, DMK Parliamentary Party leader TR Baalu and State Minister.

In his address, Mr Scindia termed Chennai as a historic city and said This day will be etched in the history for South India as well as our country.

He said “Civil aviation is changing. Our fliers have doubled in 10 years. After Covid, we have reached a new high in footfall (around 4 lakh a day).”

“It is our Prime Minister who saw this unfolding 9 years ago. In a period of 9 years, we have built 74 additional airports and helipad, doubling the numbers. We will build 200 more in the coming 4-5 years”, Mr Scindia said.

Stating that Mr Modi has etched his name on the length and the breath of the country, he said Chennai has the third largest airport of India connected to 24 international cities.

“The city has been facing increasing traffic. This city deserves best infrastructure in the world, according to Mr Modi. We must thank him for all the developments, he added.

On the new Integrated Terminal that was launched by Mr Modi, the Union Minister said this airport was built with best eco-friendly products.

“The Prime Minister’s conditional was that we should have multi-modal connectivity. The airport is connected by road and by Metro”, he said.

Noting that every airport is a cultural awakening in India, Mr Scindia said in the new terminal, from Tanjore paintings to Kanchi silk sarees are displayed on the walls by local artisans.

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