31 Dec 2023

PM Modi to visit Tamil Nadu, Lakshadweep on 2 & 3 Jan; this project will lead to a paradigm shift in communication infra in Islands

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep on 2nd & 3rd January 2024.

In his visit to Lakshadweep on 3 January, Prime Minister will inaugurate, dedicate to Nation and lay the foundation stone of development projects worth more than Rs 1150 crore.


In a transformative move, the Prime Minister had resolved to overcome the challenge of slow internet speed in the Lakshadweep Island by initiating the Kochi-Lakshadweep Islands Submarine Optical Fiber Connection (KLI - SOFC) project and made announcement regarding the same in the Independence Day speech in August 2020 at Red Fort.


Internet speed will increase by over 100 times

The project has now been completed and will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister. This will lead to an increase of internet speed for more than 100 times (from 1.7 Gbps to 200 Gbps).  For the first time since independence, Lakshadweep will be connected through Submarine Optic Fibre Cable. The dedicated submarine OFC will ensure a paradigm shift in communication infrastructure in the Lakshadweep islands, enabling faster and more reliable internet services, telemedicine, e-governance, educational initiatives, digital banking, digital currency usage, digital literacy etc. 


Drinking projects will help in strengthening tourism

Prime Minister will dedicate to the Nation the Low Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD) plant at Kadmat. This will produce 1.5 lakh litres of clean drinking water every day. The availability of potable water was always a challenge in the islands of Lakshadweep as being a coral island; it has very limited ground water availability. These drinking projects will also help in strengthening the tourism capacity of the islands, leading to increased local employment opportunities.


Other projects which will be dedicated to Nation include the solar power plant at Kavaratti, which is the first ever battery backed solar power project of Lakshadweep. It will help to reduce dependency on Diesel based Power Generation plant.


PM will be Chief Guest at Convocation Ceremony of Bharathidasan University

A day earlier on 2nd January, 2024, at around 10:30 AM, PM Modi will reach Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu. He will be the Chief Guest at the 38th Convocation Ceremony of Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli.  Prime Minister will give awards to the meritorious students of the University. He will also address the gathering on the occasion.

At around 12 Noon, at a public programme in Tiruchirappalli, Prime Minister will inaugurate, dedicate the nation and lay the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth more than Rs 19,850 crore related to aviation, rail, road, oil and gas, shipping and higher education sectors. At the public programme in Tiruchirappalli, Prime Minister will inaugurate the New Terminal Building at Tiruchirappalli International Airport. 

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