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Security beefed up ahead of PM's Tamil Nadu visit

Security personnel closely inspected the airstrip at Tiruchirapalli and the venue of the PM's programme at Salem.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 11:50 IST

Security has been beefed up at Tiruchirapalli, Neyveli and Salem in view of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's engagements in Tamil Nadu on Saturday.

Security personnel closely inspected the airstrip at Tiruchirapalli and the venue of the Prime Ministers' programme at Salem and Neyveli and have sanitised the areas.

Singh, who is slated to arrive at Tiruchirapalli by a special aircraft from Delhi, will proceed to Neyveli.

PM will lay the foundation stone for expansion projects of Mine II and a second thermal power station of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation, estimated to cost Rs 4,190 crore.

Later, the Prime Minister will leave for Salem, where he will lay the foundation stone for a four-lane section of the Salem-Kumarapalayalam portion of National highway seven.

From Salem, he will go back to Tiruchirapalli and leave for Delhi.

The Mine II expansion programme is projected to increase lignite production by about 4.5 million tones per annum from the current 10.5 million tones per annum, while the second power station, having two units, would generate 250 MW each.

The new units will meet the needs of the Southern Region and raise the state's share of power from the thermal plants to 441 MW on completion.

First Published: Feb 03, 2006 11:50 IST