Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday will visit Karnataka to inaugurate ‘India Energy Week 2023’ in Bengaluru and open Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) helicopter factory in Tumakuru.
According to a government release, Modi will also inaugurate a slew of projects, including two worth over ₹500 crore each, during his third visit to the state this year ahead of the assembly elections in April-May.
The ‘India Energy Week 2023’ in Bengaluru will be held from February 6 to 8. Modi is scheduled to launch E20 fuel, a blend of 20 per cent ethanol with petrol, at the event.
The event is expected to bring global from traditional and non-traditional energy industries, governments and academia to discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with energy transition. It is expected to see the participation of more than 30 ministers from across the world.
Over 30,000 delegates, 1,000 exhibitors and 500 speakers will gather for various discussions, with Modi scheduled to participate in a roundtable interaction with global oil and gas CEOs.
Modi will also flag off the Green Mobility Rallyin Tumakuru to raise awareness on use of green fuels – and inaugurate a HAL helicopter factory in Tumakuru.
HAL’s helicopter factory – known as the ‘Greenfield Helicopter Factory’ – is India’s largest helicopter manufacturing facility, according to the government release. It will enable the country to meet its requirement of helicopters without import and will also boost the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ in helicopter design, development and manufacture.
The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stones of the industrial township and Jeevan Mission projects in Tumakuru.
The development of the Tumakuru industrial township across 8,484 acres, in three phases, has been taken up as part of the Chennai Bengaluru Industrial Corridor.
Modi will also lay the foundation stones of two Jal Jeevan Mission projects at Tiptur and Chikkanayakanahalli in Tumakuru.
The Tiptur Multi-Village Drinking Water Supply Project will be built at a cost of over ₹430 crore. The Multi-village water supply scheme for 147 habitations of Chikkanayakanahlli taluk will be built at a cost of around ₹115 crores. The two projects will facilitate provision of clean drinking water for the people of the region.
On January 12, Modi visited the state to inaugurate the National Youth Festival in Hubballi. He also held a massive row in the district.
On January 19, the Prime Minister visited Kalaburgi and Yadgir where he inaugurated projects worth ₹4,223 crore. He also gave title-deeds to around 50,000 people for the Banjara (Scheduled Caste) community – a significant votebank – at an event in Kalaburagi.
Modi is expected to make more visits to the state this month.
He is expected to inaugurate the 14th edition of Aero India which will be held from February 13 to 17.
In the third week of February, he is expected to inaugurate the newly-constructed airport in Shivamogga and launch various developmental projects in the district.
Towards the end of the month, he is expected to arrive in the state and inaugurate the Bengaluru-Mysuru expressway.
Last month, former Karnataka chief minister and leader of opposition Siddaramaiah had taken a swipe at the Prime Minister and questioned his “political reasons” behind his increased visits to the state.
“I don’t say Modi shouldn’t come to Karnataka, he’s the Prime Minister, but the issue is he comes only for political reasons,” Siddaramaiah said.