Narendra Modi to visit West Bengal for two days starting tomorrow to participate in sesquicentenary celebrations of Kolkata Port Trust

  • Narendra Modi will be in the West Bengal capital on Saturday and Sunday to participate in sesquicentenary celebrations of the Kolkata Port Trust

  • On Saturday, Modi will dedicate to the nation four refurbished heritage buildings in Kolkata to the nation

  • These are the Old Currency Building, the Belvedere House, the Metcalfe House, and the Victoria Memorial Hall

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in the West Bengal capital on Saturday and Sunday to participate in sesquicentenary celebrations of the Kolkata Port Trust and dedication of heritage buildings to the nation.

 Narendra Modi to visit West Bengal for two days starting tomorrow to participate in sesquicentenary celebrations of Kolkata Port Trust

File image of Narendra Modi. PTI

On Saturday, Modi will dedicate to the nation four refurbished heritage buildings in Kolkata to the nation, a statement from the Prime Minister's Office said. These are the Old Currency Building, the Belvedere House, the Metcalfe House, and the Victoria Memorial Hall.

The Culture Ministry has renovated these iconic galleries and refurbished them with new exhibitions while curating the old galleries. The ministry is developing cultural spaces around iconic buildings in various metro cities in the country.

To begin with, Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Varanasi are being taken up under the project. Modi will also participate in the sesquicentenary celebrations of the Kolkata Port Trust on Saturday and Sunday.

He will be handing over a cheque of Rs 501 crore towards the final installment to meet the deficit of pension fund of retired and existing employees of the Kolkata Port Trust, the statement said. Modi will also be felicitating the two oldest pensioners of the Kolkata Port Trust, Nagina Bhagat, 105, and Naresh Chandra Chakraborty, 100.

He will also launch the Port anthem during the event. Besides, he will unveil a plaque of 150 years of commemorative installation at the site of the original Port jetties. Modi will also inaugurate the upgraded ship repair facility of the Cochin Kolkata Ship Repair Unit at Netaji Subhas Dry Dock.

He will inaugurate the full rake handling facility while dedicating the upgraded railway infrastructure of Kolkata Dock System of KoPT for smooth cargo movement and improving turnaround time.

A mechanisation of berth number three at the Haldia Dock Complex of KoPT and a proposed riverfront development scheme will also be launched by Modi. In another event, Modi will inaugurate Kaushal Vikas Kendra and Pritilata Chhatri Avas for 200 tribal girl students of Sunderbans.

It is a project undertaken by KoPT with Purvanchal Kalyan Ashram, Gosaba, Sunderbans affiliated to Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, the statement said.

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Updated Date: Jan 10, 2020 16:08:55 IST