New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Pugalur – Thrissur Power Transmission Project to the nation through video conferencing on Friday. Addressing the state and quoting a poem of the popular Malayalam poet Kumaranasan he said that the government aims to bring in development of all sections of the society without any barriers of religion and caste.
The Pugalur – Thrissur Power Transmission Project completed at a cost of Rs 5070 crore will enable Thrissur district to be the major power hub of Kerala and meet the rising energy demands of the state, he said.
The Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation the 50 MW Kasaragod Solar Power Project, developed under the National Solar Energy Mission. He opined that this will play a crucial role in meeting the nation’s green energy targets. He said these projects will be major milestones in Kerala’s growth trajectory. He added that the people of Kerala contribute significantly to our nation’s progress.
Reaching out to farmers
The Prime Minister said farmers are also being connected with the solar sector to make our Annadatas as Urjadatas. Under PM-Kusum Yojana, over 20 lakh solar power pumps are being given to farmers. He added that in the last six years, India’s solar energy capacity has increased 13 times.
The Prime Minister said our cities are engines of growth and power houses of innovation. Our cities are seeing three encouraging trends: technological development, favourable demographic dividend and increasing domestic demand.
The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for the Integrated Command and Control Centre at Thiruvananthapuram. Mr Modi also inaugurated a Water Treatment Plant at Aruvikkara. It will boost the supply of drinking water in the capital city. Around 30 lakh people will benefit from this project.
Chief Minister of the state Pinarayi Vijayan expressed happiness that the projects could be completed in a time bound manner. He also said that the power sector in the state has grown enormously during the present government’s tenure. The event was attended by Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, various central ministers, ministers from the state cabinet and people’s representatives.