Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Hyderabad on January 19 has been postponed. He was scheduled to visit the city to flag off the Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Vande Bharat train and inaugurate or lay the foundation stone for several other projects. Union Minister for Tourism and Culture G. Kishan Reddy received information about the postponement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Wednesday.

Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar said the revised schedule of Modi’s visit would be announced soon.

Kishan Reddy had announced on Monday that the Prime Minister would lay the foundation stone and dedicate to the nation several projects worth over Rs 7,000 crore during his visit.

He was about to dedicate to the nation the 85 kilometer long Secunderabad-Mahbubnagar railway doubling line. The cost of the project is Rs 1,410 crore.

The Prime Minister was also scheduled to unveil projects worth Rs 2,597 crore at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad.

He was also to lay the foundation stone of various projects including modernization of Secunderabad Railway Station at a cost of Rs 699 crore, Railway Periodic Overhauling Workshop at Kazipet at a cost of Rs 521 crore.

Besides this, the work of widening and strengthening of 60 km 2/4 laning of Mahbubnagar-Chincholi section of National Highway 167N was also scheduled to commence. This work is to be done at an estimated cost of Rs 704 crore.

Foundation stone will also be laid for widening and strengthening of 42.57 km of existing Mahbubnagar-Chincholi section to 4-laning/2-laning. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 632 crore.

PM Modi will lay the foundation stone of a Rs 513-crore project to widen the Nizampet-Narayankhed-Bidar section of NH-161B to two lanes by 45.95 km. PLC/GT


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