PM hands over Arjun Main Battle Tank to Army

RNS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over the Arjun Main Battle Tank (MK-1A), an indigenously designed tank to the Army at Chennai on Sunday.

Moving towards self-reliance in India’s defence production abilities, this tank has been developed and manufactured by CVRDE, DRDO along with 15 academic institutions. Several medium and small industries have also participated in the process of building the main battle tank.

PM also inaugurated the Chennai Metro Rail Phase-II extension and launched the project for railway electrification of a single line section in Villupuram – Cuddalore – Mayiladuthurai – Thanjavur and Mayiladuthurai-Thiruvarur.

He also inaugurated the railway line connecting Chennai Beach to Atipattu. This project has costed close to Rs 300 crores and aims to facilitate travel between Chennai and Thiruvallur.

PM also laid the foundation stone for the extension, renovation and modernization of the Grand Anicut Canal System and Discovery Campus of IIT Madras. Anicut Canal System is an important source of irrigation in the delta districts. The modernization of this canal will be taken up at a cost of 2,640 crore rupees while IIT Campus is to be built at Thaiyur near Chennai at an estimated cost of 1000 crore rupees in the first phase, over an area of 2 lakh sqm.


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