Modi on stage, Vijayan shares example of meaningful Centre-state cooperation | Latest News India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kerala chief minister and Communist leader Pinarayi Vijayan shared the stage at an event in Kochi where the latter felicitated the PM and shared an example of meaningful cooperation between the Centre and states.

Modi, who is in the southern state on a two-day visit, dedicated to the nation various projects, including the Kochi Metro and laid foundation stones for the redevelopment of three stations in Kerala.

Vijayan said Kerala needs valuable help from the Government of India in its efforts to decongest its road traffic. “Happy to inform you that the work of widening NH-66 is progressing at a very fast pace. This work is an example of meaningful cooperation between and the Union and state governments,” the chief minister said at one of the event where the Modi laid the foundation stone for Phase II of Kochi Metro and redevelopment of three stations – Ernakulam Junction, Ernakulam Town and Kollam.

The PM also inaugurated phase-1A, the first stretch from SN Junction to Vadakkekotta at the event. Governor Arif Muhammed Khan was also present at the event.

Modi arrived in Kochi at 4pm on Thursday. He inaugurated a 27-km double line of the Railways connecting Kuruppanthara–Kottayam Chingavanam sections completed at a cost of 750 crore.

The PM also dedicated to the nation the newly electrified section between Kollam–Punalur completed at a cost of 76 crore, which will boost eco-tourism besides serving as a faster and affordable means of transportation through the picturesque route and flagged off special train services between Kottayam-Ernakulam and Kollam–Punalur, PTI report said.

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Among the railway development projects for Kerala, Modi laid the foundation stone for three station redevelopment projects worth an estimated 1,059 crore.

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