Prime Minister Modi will visit Karnataka and Kerala on 1st and 2nd September. During this, he will flag off India’s first indigenously built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi.
On the evening of September 1, he will visit the Sri Adi Shankar Janmabhoomi area, the holy birthplace of Adi Shankaracharya in Kalady village near the Cochin airport.
The Prime Minister will commission the first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant at Cochin Shipyard Limited at 9.30 am on September 2.
After this, in the afternoon, the Prime Minister will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of projects worth about Rs 3800 crore in Mangaluru.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement that Modi has been a strong supporter of Atmanirbhar Bharat, especially in strategic areas.
The PMO said, “This is an important step towards self-reliance in the defense sector. The Prime Minister will commission the first indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier as INS Vikrant.
Designed and built by the Indian Navy’s in-house Warship Design Bureau (WDB) at Cochin Built by Shipyard Limited, a public sector shipyard under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Vikrant is built with state-of-the-art automation facilities and is the largest ship ever built in India’s maritime history.”
The indigenous aircraft carrier is named after its illustrious predecessor, India’s first aircraft carrier, which played a key role in the 1971 war.
It houses a large number of indigenous equipment and machinery, which includes over 100 MSMEs along with major industrial houses of the country. With the commissioning of Vikrant, India will have two operational aircraft carriers, which will strengthen the country’s maritime security.
In Mangaluru, the Prime Minister will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for mechanization and industrialization projects worth about Rs 3,800 crore.
The Prime Minister will inaugurate a project worth over Rs 280 crore for the mechanization of berth no 14 to handle containers and other cargo, undertaken by the New Mangalore Port Authority.
The Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for five projects worth about Rs 1,000 crore that have been taken up by the port.
The integrated LPG and Bulk Liquid POL facility equipped with state-of-the-art Cryogenic LPG Storage Tank Terminal will be able to unload VLGC (Very Large Gas Carrier) loads of 45,000 tonnes in a highly efficient manner.
The Prime Minister will also inaugurate two projects – BS6 Upgradation Project and Sea Water Desalination Plant – undertaken by Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited.
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