On Visit to Andaman and Nicobar, PM Modi Renames Three Islands

The Prime Minister is on a visit to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 

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PM Modi paid homage  at the Tsunami Memorial in Car Nicobar on Sunday morning.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has renamed three islands in the Andaman and Nicobar group of islands on Sunday, 30 December. The Prime Minister, who is on a visit to the islands to launch a number of infrastructure projects in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, was also expected to carry out the impending renaming of three islands.

As of Sunday, Ross Island has formally become Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, Neil Island has become Shaheed Dweep and Havelock Island, Swaraj Dweep. According to an NDTV report, the home ministry had announced previously that all the formalities for this name change had been completed.

Modi, who reached the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Saturday evening, visited the Tsunami Memorial in Car Nicobar on Sunday morning, where he paid homage to those who had lost their lives in the 2004 tsunami.

On Visit to Andaman and Nicobar, PM Modi Renames Three Islands
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PM Modi Pays Respects at Martyr’s Column

Modi also laid a wreath at the Martyr’s Column in Port Blair and visited Cellular Jail in the city, reported ANI.

On reaching the jail premises, Modi laid a wreath at the Martyr's Column before proceeding towards a cell, where Hindutva idealogue Veer Savarkar spent his days in captivity.

The prime minister sat down on the floor of the cell, in front of Veer Savarkar's photograph, with his eyes closed and hands folded for some time.

On Visit to Andaman and Nicobar, PM Modi Renames Three Islands
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After stepping out of the cell, he went to the central tower of the prison, and stopped before a marble plaque, where names of jail inmates are inscribed, reported PTI.

Modi also visited the gallows, where there were arrangements to hang three prisoners at one go. After taking a tour of the museum in the prison complex, he signed the visitor's book.

Prime Minister Modi also hoisted the 150 feet high flag mast at the South Point Sea Shore in Port Blair.

On Visit to Andaman and Nicobar, PM Modi Renames Three Islands
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Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister also held an interaction with tribal chiefs.

Modi Addresses a Public Rally in Car Nicobar

Addressing a public meeting in Car Nicobar, Modi spoke about how India is among the countries in the world where the production and utilisation of solar energy is growing the fastest.

“We are committed to giving the country affordable and green energy from solar energy”, he said. He added that this is being done while keeping in mind the preservation of the environment in Car Nicobar, saying that every attempt was being made by the Indian government to improve quality of life in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The government is working to ensure that no corner of the country and its people is deprived of development, he told the gathering.

Hailing the joint family system prevalent in the island, the PM said the people there can set an example for the other parts of the country.

He also assured the people that their security is among the top priorities of the government. “The people here have been demanding a solution to the problem of sea erosion for a long time. I am glad to announce that the government has decided to erect a sea wall to deal with the problem, the foundation of which was laid today,” he said during his public address at BJR Stadium here.

The PM maintained that work will go in full swing to get build the wall at an estimated cost of Rs 50 crore.

Deemed University to be Set Up in Bose’s Memory

Modi will also be inaugurating an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Arong. Apart from that, he will lay the foundation stone for some infrastructure projects and address a public meeting on Sunday.

Modi at the Tsunami Memorial. 
Modi at the Tsunami Memorial. 
(Photo: ANI)

The PM also released a commemorative stamp, its first-day cover and a Rs-75 coin on Sunday. He also announced setting up of a university after Bose.

Earlier, Modi visited the Marina Park here and hoisted a national flag on a 150-feet high mast, reported PTI.

He also paid floral tribute at Netaji's statue in the park.

(With inputs from India Today.)

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