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PM on a two-day visit to Kerala, will address ‘Yuvam-2023 Conclave’


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Kochi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Kerala will reach Kochi on Monday evening and address ‘Yuvam-2023 Conclave’ organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party.

After reaching the Naval Airport INS Garuda here, the PM will participate in a road show from the Airport to the Sacred Hearts College Ground at Thevara where he will address the Yuvam 2023 Conclave.

The Prime Minister will leave for Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday morning to flag off Kerala’s first Vande Bharat Express at Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station at 10.30 am.

The Kerala’s first Vande Bharat Express will run between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasargod. The train will cover 11 Districts namely Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur and Kasargod, a release said.

The Prime Minister will also dedicate the Kochi water metro to the nation. This one of its kind project connects 10 islands around Kochi through battery-operated electric hybrid boats for seamless connectivity with Kochi city.

Apart from Kochi Water Metro, rail electrification of Dindigul-Palani-Palakkad section will also be dedicated by the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone and dedicate to the nation, development projects worth more than Rs 3200 crore, at Thiruvananthapuram Central Stadium, here at 11 am.

During the event, Prime Minister will also lay the foundation of various rail projects including redevelopment of Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Varkala Sivagiri railway stations; comprehensive development of Thiruvananthapuram area including Nemon and Kochuveli and increasing of sectional speed of Thiruvananthapuram-Shoranur section.

Apart from this, Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of Digital Science Park in Thiruvananthapuram. Digital Science Park is envisaged as a key research facility to develop digital products and services by industry and business units in collaboration with the academia.

As a third generation Science Park, the Digital Science Park will house common facilities to support development of products in the area of Industry 4.0 Technologies like AI, Data Analytics, Cyber Security, Smart Materials etc.

The state of the art basic infrastructure will support high end applied research by industries and co-development of products in association with the Universities. Initial investment for Phase-1 of the project is around Rs. 200 crore while the total project outlay has been estimated at around Rs 1515 crore.

Earlier, the Kerala Police began a probe into a letter threatening to launch a suicide bomb attack against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day visit to the State begining on April 24.

The anonymous letter, recived by State BJP President K Surendran at his office address was handed over it to the State Police DGP a few days ago.

The letter in Malayalam was written by a person identified as NK John residing in Kochi. However, he told the police that the letter might be sent in his name by somebody residing in the area. His family suspects the role of a man having issues with NK John on matters relating to a local church, behind the letter.

Later, the police arrested Xavier Anjanikal (53) of Kathrikadavu in Ernakulam, who runs a food catering firm, in connection with the anonymous letter ahead of the PM’s visit to Kerala.

Meanwhile, security was tightened and about 2,000 additional police men were deployed in connection with Modi’s visit to Kerala.

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