New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (February 14, 2021) inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various projects in Kerala ahead of the assembly elections in the state in May 2021.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that the works inaugurated on February 14 cover a wide range of sectors. They will energise the growth trajectory of India. He said that Propylene DerivativePetrochemical Project (PDPP) will help strengthen India’s journey towards being Aatmanirbhar as it will save foreign exchange. A wide range of industries would gain and employment opportunities would be generated. Similarly, with Ro-Ro Vessels, a distance of almost thirty kilometres on road will become 3.5 kilometres through waterways leading to less congestion and more convenience, commerce and capacity-building.
Modi asserted that the Government of India is undertaking many efforts to improve tourism-related infrastructure in Kerala. The inauguration of Sagarika, the International Cruise Terminal in Kochi is one example of this. Sagarika Cruise Terminal will cater to over lakh cruise guests. The Prime Minister noted the rise in local tourism due to pandemic related restrictions on international travel. He said this is a great opportunity for added livelihood to those in the local tourism industry and deepening of connection between our culture and our youth.
Modi called upon start-ups to think about innovative tourism-related products. He noted the tourism sector in India has been growing well in the last five years. In the World Tourism Index ranking, India moved from sixty-fifth to thirty-fourth position.
Referring to India’s spirited response to the Corona challenge, Modi recounted the Government’s effort to help Indian diaspora especially in the Gulf. He said India is proud of its diaspora in the Gulf. As a part of the Vande Bharat Mission, over fifty lakh Indians were brought back home. Many of them were from Kerala. India has set up air bubbles to facilitate that process.