Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated a ₹6,000 crore Propylene Derivative Petrochemical Project (PDPP) of oil major Bharat Petroleum in Kochi. Modi also dedicated to the nation Ro-Ro vessels of Inland Waterways at Willingdon Islands.
Speaking at the events, he said, "We have gathered here to celebrate the development of Kerala and India. The works being inaugurated today cover a wide range of sectors. They will energize the growth trajectory of India."
"Propylene Derivatives Petrochemical complex of Kochi Refinery, this project will help strengthen our journey towards being Atmanirbhar. A wide range of industries would gain employment opportunities," he added.
PM Narendra Modi also inaugurated the Cochin Port Trust's International Cruise Terminal and Cochin Shipyard's Vigyan Sagar, a campus for Marine Engineering Training Institute. "Vigyan Sagar is the new knowledge campus of the Cochin Shipyard. Through this, we are expanding our human resource development capital," he said.
Situated at the Ernakulam Wharf on Willingdon Island, it is India's first full-fledged international cruise terminal. It has state-of-the-art facilities and has been constructed at a cost of ₹25.72 crore. In addition to this, Modi also laid the foundation stone of Cochin Port Trust's South Coal Berth.
"India is devoting topmost importance to developing our blue economy. Our vision and work in this sector include improving infrastructure, sustainable coastal development, coastal connectivity and more," Modi said on project.
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Mansukh L Mandaviya and V Muraleedharan were all present at the event.