Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated a slew of transformative projects and laid the foundation stone for initiatives amounting to ₹17,300 crore during his visit to Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu.

The PMO issued a statement revealing that among the key unveilings was the inauguration of the Outer Harbor Container Terminal at V.O. Chidambaranar Port, a project with a substantial investment of ₹7,000 crore. The PM underscored the significance of this venture, emphasising its pivotal role in the state's maritime development. Notably, the port has witnessed a remarkable 35% growth in traffic over the last decade, handling an impressive 38 million tons last year, reflecting an annual growth rate of 11%.

“The Prime Minister inaugurated various other projects aimed at making the V.O. Chidambaranar Port, the first Green Hydrogen Hub Port of the country. These projects include a desalination plant, hydrogen production, and bunkering facility,” notes statement issued by the PMO.

As part of the green initiatives, PM Modi launched India's first indigenous green hydrogen fuel cell inland waterway vessel under the Harit Nauka initiative. He dedicated tourist facilities in 75 lighthouses spread across 10 States/UTs, emphasising the tourism potential embedded in coastal regions.

The rail sector witnessed noteworthy attention with the dedication of rail projects aimed at doubling the Vanchi Maniyachchi - Nagercoil rail line, including the Vanchi Maniyachchi - Tirunelveli and Melappalayam - Aralvaymoli sections. Highlighting the rail accomplishments in Tamil Nadu over the last decade, PM Modi mentioned the completion of 1,300 km long rail projects, electrification of 2,000 km of railway lines, and the introduction of 5 Vande Bharat trains in the state.

The road infrastructure in Tamil Nadu also received a boost with the inauguration of four major road projects valued at approximately ₹4,586 crore. These projects are set to enhance connectivity, reduce travel time, and stimulate trade and tourism in the state.

With a vision for a sustainable future, the Prime Minister inaugurated projects aimed at making the V.O. Chidambaranar Port the country's first Green Hydrogen Hub Port. These initiatives include a desalination plant, hydrogen production, and bunkering facility, aligning with India's commitment to green and renewable energy.

In his address, PM Modi highlighted the importance of the electrification and doubling of rail lines, anticipating improved connectivity between South Tamil Nadu and Kerala. He emphasised that these developments would alleviate congestion in the Tirunelveli and Nagercoil sectors.

Further, PM Modi ssid that the government of India is investing a substantial ₹1.5 lakh crore in the road infrastructure of Tamil Nadu, signalling a resolute commitment to advancing the state's overall development.

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