Mangaluru: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Mangaluru International Airport from where he proceeded towards Dharmasthala in a helicopter on Sunday, October 29.
At the airport the Prime Minister was cordially welcomed by Minister for Food and Civil supplies U T Khader, Mayor Kavitha Sanil, Union Minister Sadananda Gowda and others before he proceeded to Dharmasthala where he was welcomed by Dharmadhikari Veerendra Heggade and BJP state President B S Yeddyurappa among others.
Modi, who is on a day-long visit to the state arrived at the the Lord Manjunatheshwara temple here to offer his prayers in a special car flown in for the purpose. On account of the Prime Minister’s visit, the temple administration has restricted public entry till 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Modi will later address a public rally at Ujjire town near Dharmasthala and hand over RuPay cards to the Pradhan Mantri Jan Than Yojana (PMJDY) account holders. He will also launch the digitised cashless Self-Help Groups (SHG) transactions in the state Charitable trust of the Sree Kshetra Dharmastala Rural Development project is organising the public function and the launch of the Rupay cards and SHG transactions at the rally.
Later in the day, Modi will fly to the state capital Bengaluru to attend a public function organised by the Vedanta Bharati at the Palace Grounds.
In the evening, he would inaugurate the 110km Bidar-Kalaburgi railway track in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region that would reduce the distance between Bengaluru and New Delhi by 380km and travel time by six to eight hours.