Modi lands in Udhampur, flies to Chenani to inaugurate tunnel

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Jammu, April 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday afternoon to inaugurate the Nashri-Chenani tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

A special plane carrying the Prime Minister landed at the airfield at Udhampur, where the headquarters of the army’s Northern Command are located.

Governor N.N. Vohra, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta, Council Chairman Haji Inayat Ali, senior ministers of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and top army, police and civil administration officials received him and presented him flower bouquets.

From the Udhampur airfiled, the Prime Minister flew in an army helicopter to Chenani where he will be inaugurating the 9.2-km-long tunnel that connects Udhampur and Ramban districts on the Highway.

Union Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari and Minister of State in the PMO, Jitendra Singh, who also represents the Udhampur-Kathua parliament constituency, have already reached Chenani to receive the Prime Minister there.

After inaugurating the tunnel, Modi is scheduled to address a BJP rally in Battal Balian area of Udhampur.

Three helipads have been constructed to facilitate Modi’s visit to the inauguration and the rally sites.

The Prime Minister will fly back to New Delhi in the evening.

–IANS

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