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Prime Minister Narendra waves at BJP workers and supporters during his visit to Bengaluru on November 11, 2022 | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement
Bengaluru is geared up for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit today, where he will participate in a slew of events. Ahead of the visit, the BBMP has undertaken repair works on all pothole-ridden roads and spruced up the city. With elections in mid-2023, the visit is regarded as politically significant for the BJP government in Karnataka that has, over the last two years, faced many controversies.
The Prime Minister will arrive at the HAL Airport and, after a brief stopover at Vidhana Soudha, will head to Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Railway station by road where he will flag off the Vande Bharat Express and the Bharat Gaurav Kashi Darshan train.
He will then travel to Kempegowda International Airport where he will open Terminal 2 and unveil the 108-feet tall Kempegowda statue.  Following this, Mr. Modi will be addressing a public rally.
Upset over JD(S) supremo and former Prime Minister Deve Gowda not being extended an invitation to the Modi event in Bengaluru, the party took to Twitter to express its displeasure towards the BJP government.
Recalling Deve Gowda’s immense contribution to the development of Bengaluru, the JD(S) said the senior leader’s omission from event to unveil the statue of Kempegowda was an insult to all Kannadigas. The party questioned why Mr. Gowda had been left out this time when he had been called during the foundation stone laying ceremony for the statue in 2020.
Accusing the state BJP and its leaders of treating the former PM with indifference, the JD(S) said it was unpardonable of the party to have turned a state event into a singularly BJP affair. It further blamed the BJP and PM Modi of using Kempegowda’s legacy for political gains in view of the upcoming Assembly elections in 2023.
ನಾಡಪ್ರಭು ಕೆಂಪೇಗೌಡರ ನಂತರ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಗೆ ಮಹತ್ತರ ಕೊಡುಗೆ ನೀಡಿದ, ಕನ್ನಡ ನೆಲದಿಂದ ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ಆಗಿದ್ದ ಏಕೈಕ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಾದ ಶ್ರೀ @H_D_Devegowda ಅವರನ್ನು ಶ್ರೀ ಕೆಂಪೇಗೌಡರ ಪ್ರತಿಮೆ ಲೋಕಾರ್ಪಣೆ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಕ್ಕೆ ರಾಜ್ಯ @BJP4Karnataka ಸರಕಾರವು ಆಹ್ವಾನ ಮಾಡದಿರುವುದು ಸಮಸ್ತ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಿಗೆ ಮಾಡಿದ ಅಪಮಾನ.1/7 pic.twitter.com/Zkr37zeSMl
PM Narendra Modi in front of the Kempegowda Statue of Prosperity at Bengaluru International Airport on November 11, 2022. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement
PM Modi began his speech by greeting the public in Kannada. He spoke of the roadmap for developing air and rail transport in the country, the growth of startups in India and developing Bengaluru along the lines of Kempegowda’s vision.
On Vande Bharat Express: “Today Karnataka got its first made-in-India Vande Bharat train… It is the new identity of New India. Launch of Vande Bharat Express gives a glimpse of how Indian Railways will grow in the 21st century. It signifies India now wants to run fast, and is doing everything to achieve it… More than 400 new Vande Bharat trains and Vista Dome coaches will become the new identity of Indian Railways.”
On start-ups: “Today, India is known as a hub of startups across the globe and the Bengaluru has a huge role in strengthening that name. Start-up is not just a company but an emotion, the drive to do something new and different… Bengaluru represents a start-up spirit that has placed India in a different league.”
On air connectivity: “Connectivity will play a crucial role in India’s development. Expanding air connectivity and airports is the need of the hour. The new terminal at Bengaluru airport will offer new facilities to passengers. India is the fastest growing market in air travel today. Before 2014, India had 70 airports. The numbers has now doubled to over 140. These airports will increase the business potential and job opportunities for our youth.”
The role of Sri Nadaprabhu Kempegowda in the making of Bengaluru is unparalleled. He is remembered as a visionary who always put the welfare of people above everything else. Honoured to inaugurate the ‘Statue of Prosperity’ in Bengaluru. pic.twitter.com/zoMIXIYFf1
On industry: “Karnataka is ahead in aircraft, spacecraft and electric vehicle manufacturing. More than 400 Fortune 500 companies are in Karnataka today. All this is possible because Karnataka is powered by a double engine government.”
On previous governments: “Governments that came before 2014 considered speed a luxury and scale a risk. But BJP government has changed hat outlook. We consider speed as ambition and scale as might.”
On Kempegowda: “The BJP government wants to develop Bengaluru along the vision of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda… Centuries ago, he built Bengaluru with the ideals of Commerce, Culture and Convenience. Bengaluru is enjoying the benefits of his farsightedness even today.”
Dignitaries pay floral tribute to Kempegowda, Onake Obavva and poet saint Kanakadasa. A short film on the life and contributions of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda is also screened as part of the programme.
Nirmalanandanath Swamiji likens Mr. Modi to Nadaprabhu Kempegowda who harnessed the skill of the people to build the city. He also thanked the Prime Minister on behalf of all Kanandigas for strengthening the country’s human resource through his schemes for skilling, reskilling and upskilling India.
Delighted to be among the zestful citizens of Bengaluru. Addressing a programme. https://t.co/Y8G3qwygNZ
The 108 feet statue of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru was unveiled by Prime Minister Modi on November 11, 2022. | Photo Credit: PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled the mammoth statue of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda, who is credited with founding the modern city of Bengaluru in 1537 AD, near Kempegowda International Airport. The 108-feet bronze statue has been christened “Statue of Prosperity” or “Pragatiya Pratime”.
Two days before the unveiling, on November 9, the statue entered the World Book of Records for being the first and tallest bronze statue of the founder of a city.
Former Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa had announced the project and laid the foundation stone for the same in 2020. Nirmalananda Natha Swami of Adichunchanagiri Math, considered to be a Vokkaliga math, and former chief minister S. M. Krishna, also from the Vokkaliga community, were present during the unveiling of the statue.
PM @narendramodi unveils the 108 feet bronze statue of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda.

It is being built to commemorate the contribution of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda, the founder of the city, towards the growth of Bengaluru. pic.twitter.com/ySZu6XUzsh
First phase of the newly built terminal 2 (T2) of the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) has been inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The construction of T2 began in October 2018 in two phases. Phase 1, covering 255,645 square meters, will cater to 25 million passengers per annum (MPPA), while the second phase, which is still in the planning stage, would be able to handle 20 MPPA. Once both the phases are completed T2 can handle 70 MPPA.
According to BIAL, T2 will be built on four guiding principles, terminal in a garden, sustainability, technology and innovation, and art and culture of Karnataka. Terminal in a garden will pay tribute to the garden city and T2 will have lush greenery within and outside.
PM @narendramodi inaugurated the Terminal 2 of Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport, in the august presence of the Governor of Karnataka Dr. @TCGEHLOT and CM of Karnataka @BSBommai

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Narendra Modi got down from his car and walked on the road for a short distance waving at and greeting BJP workers and his supporters who have gathered on either side of the roads on the route he is taking. He is on his way to the helipad at Air Force Tactical Training Centre in Hebbal.
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Thank you Bengaluru for the memorable welcome to this dynamic city. pic.twitter.com/TFOcj4XwTo
PM Modi launches the Mysuru-Bengaluru-Chennai Vande Bharat Express from KSR Railway Station in Bengaluru. | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off two trains from Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station: Mysuru-Chennai Vande Bharat Express and Karnataka Bharat Gaurav Kashi Darshan Trains.
Vande Bharat Express, the fastest rail in the country connects Mysuru and Chennai. The semi-high-speed 16-car train with a seating capacity of 1,128 has several advanced technological and safety features, including Kavach (train anti-collision avoidance system). The seating composition will be chair car and executive chair car. The fully air-conditioned train has sliding doors, CCTV cameras, and comfortable reclining seats. In addition, there are a slew of features for passenger comfort, including photocatalytic ultraviolet air purification system. 
The newer version of the premium trains can reach a speed of 100 km/hr in 52 seconds, and run at a maximum speed of 180 kmph, weighs about 392 tons instead of 430 tons of the older version of the same train, and is reckoned to be 15% more energy efficient.
The Karnataka Bhart Gaurav Kashi Darshan Train offers 8-day tour package at discounted rates for pilgrims and will cover Varanasi, Ayodhya and Prayagraj. The state government has announced an assistance of ₹5000 for Kashi Yatra pilgrims.
Prime minister #NarendraModi flagging off #VandeBharat train at KSR railway station in #Bengaluru. | Video: Sudhakar Jain pic.twitter.com/3xGW8YAiJ0
PM @narendramodi flags off the Bharat Gaurav Kashi Yatra train🚉

Karnataka is the first state to take up this train under the Bharat Gaurav scheme in which the Government of Karnataka and @RailMinIndia are working together to send pilgrims from Karnataka to Kashi pic.twitter.com/A0HPKacwnE
South Western Railway (SWR) has said that a number of trains will be cancelled, partially cancelled, diverted, rescheduled, regulated in view of operational requirements. While Train No. 06581/06582 KSR Bengaluru-Channapatna-KSR Bengaluru Express will be cancelled, 11 trains will be partially cancelled. Here is a full list of the cancelled trains.
PM Modi pays respects to Valmiki statue in the Vidhana Soudha premises.  | Photo Credit: Special arrangement
At the Vidhana Soudha premises, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tributes to saint poet Kanaka Dasa and sported the black woollen blanket, a trademark of Kurubas, the community Kanaka Dasa belonged to. Today, the state is celebrating Kanaka Dasa Jayanthi. Niranjanananda Puri Swamiji of Kaginele Kanaka Guru Peetha was also present during the event.
Mr. Modi also paid floral tributes to the statue of Maharshi Valmiki. Prasannanda Puri Swamiji and Transport Minister B. Sriramulu of the Valmiki community were also present during the event. The state BJP government has recently hiked reservation for Scheduled Tribes (STs) from 3% to 7%, which will mainly benefit the Valmiki community.
PM @narendramodi pays floral tribute to the Statue of Saint Shri Kanaka Dasa and Saint Shri Valmiki in Bengaluru pic.twitter.com/FHJ0Xbsc9x
Passengers travelling towards the Bengaluru International airport have been advised not to use the Airport Corridor in view of PM Modi’s visit. Alternative route via airport backgate, i.e. Hennur-Kothanur-Bagalur-Begur backgate can be taken in order to avoid delay between 8 am to 5 pm, the advisory said.
Passenger Advisory: Please be advised that due to VIP movement, we are anticipating heavy traffic to and from @BLRAirport on November 11, 2022. Kindly plan your trip accordingly.#BLRairport#Bengaluru#travel#traveladvisorypic.twitter.com/qmn5TVTQyZ
Bus services suspended for two hours at the KSRTC Bus Terminal in Majestic Bengaluru on November 11, 2022. | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain
The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has suspended entry of buses to Majestic bus stand between 10 a.m to 12 p.m on Friday (November 11). The Prime Minister is scheduled to flagg of Vande Bharat Express (between Chennai and Mysuru via Bengaluru) and Bharat Gaurav Kashi Darshan Yatra trains at KSR Bengaluru station in Majestic.
An official of the BMTC said that the entry of buses to Majestic bus stand was suspended as per the instructions of the police department. “As a security measure, the buses heading to Majestic bus stand will terminate at the nearest bus stop. We are going by the instructions of the police department,” said a BMTC official.
Kempegowda BMTC Bus Terminal Majestic wore a deserted look on November 11, 2022 after bus services were suspended for two hours in view of PM Modi’s visit to Bengaluru. | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain
JUST IN: The #VandeBharat trains from #Mysuru to #Chennai via #Bengaluru would be flagged off by Prime Minister #NarendraModi today. The train is the first semi-high speed train in the South and fifth in the country. Photos: Sudhakara Jain pic.twitter.com/7DOxDegxhb
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being received by CM Basavaraj Bommai, Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot and others at HAL Airport. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at HAL Airport and is on the way to Vidhana Soudha. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot and Union Minister Prahlad Joshi welcomed him. BJP workers and people have gathered in large numbers and are standing on either sides of the road to welcome Mr. Modi.
I look forward to being in the vibrant city of Bengaluru tomorrow, 11th November. I am honoured to be getting the opportunity to unveil a statue of Sri Nadaprabhu Kempegowda.
Terminal 2 of Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, built at a cost of around Rs. 5000 crore. | Photo Credit: The Hindu
The much-awaited Terminal 2 of the Kempegowda International Airport has been developed at a cost of ₹5,000 crore and has the capacity to handle 2.5 crore passengers a year.
The new terminal is being constructed in two phases. The first phase of T2 will be inaugurated today. According to BIAL, once completed, the 255,000 sq.m. Phase 1 of T2 will augment the capacity of the airport by 25 million passengers per annum (MPPA). The second phase of terminal 2, which is still in the planning stage, will be built for an additional 20 MPPA. Once operational, the combined capacity of both terminals will be 70 MPPA.
T2 is being designed as an integrated terminal to handle both domestic as well as international passengers.
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Apart from enhancing passenger experience at the airport with the implementation of Digi Yatra — the contactless, seamless processing of passengers based on the use of single token face biometrics for verification of passengers, T2 will also showcase the rich history and culture of the State.
T2 will also have a wide range of retail brands to give a wholesome retail experience to passengers. There will also be F&B outlets offering international, local and regional cuisines.
108 feet statue of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru. | Photo Credit: PTI
The statue of Bengaluru founder Kempegowda, which will be unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the city on November 11, 2022, has found its way into the Wold Book of Records, London.
Dubbed the “Statue of Prosperity” or “Pragatiya Prathime” by the BJP government led by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, the mammoth statue of the founding architect of Bengaluru, Nadaprabhu Kempegowda, is located on the Bengaluru International Airport premises.
According to the World Book of Records, it is the first and tallest bronze statue of a founder of a city. The citation by WBR said the statue stands 108 feet in height with a sword weighing 4 tonnes.
In the run-up the Karnataka Assembly elections in mid-2023, the BJP government in Karnataka is employing various strategies to make inroads into the Vokkaliga turf and grab voters from the community.
Building of the statue of Bengaluru founder, Kempegowda, and the Kempegowda Rath Yatra are a part of this plan.
The 45-day campaign was launched on October 21 and will travel the state collecting mud from lakes, ponds, kalyanis, rivers, pushkarinis and streams in all the villages of the Vokkaliga heartland. The mud will be used to develop a theme park, around the vision of the Yelahanka chieftain, on the 23 acres of land that also houses the statue.
The Chennai-Mysuru Vande Bharat Express, on Platform 7 at Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna (KSR) Railway Station | Photo Credit: Murali Kumar K
The Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysuru route is the country’s fifth Vande Bharat Express. It is also the first Vande Bharat train for the state as well as all of south India.
The trial run of the route, took place on November 7. The train departed from Chennai at 5.50 a.m. and reached Mysuru at 12.13 p.m. Between Bengaluru and Mysuru, the train clocked 100 kmph, which is the maximum permissible speed on this section, while it reached 110 kmph between Bengaluru and Jolarpettai in Tamil Nadu.
In September, based on their popularity and feasibility, the South Western Railway (SWR) had proposed operating the new generation Vande Bharat Express on three routes connecting Bengaluru. The proposed routes were Bengaluru to Coimbatore, Bengaluru to Chennai, and Bengaluru to Hubballi.
The fully air-conditioned train has sliding doors, CCTV cameras, and comfortable reclining seats. | Photo Credit: Murali Kumar K
However, on October 14, Mysuru MP Pratap Simha announced that the State’s first Vande Bharat Express will ply on the Mysuru-Bengaluru-Chennai section and took to Twitter to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.
Incidentally, the third and the fourth Vande Bharat Express trains were dedicated to Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, where elections are scheduled later this year. Karnataka will go to polls in mid-2023.
The Karnataka-Bharat Gaurav Kashi Darshan was announced by the Karnataka government “for strengthening cultural bonds” between Karnataka and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Starting November, three special trains will operate in a month between Bengaluru and Varanasi for pilgrims who want to visit the Kashi Vishwanath temple.
It will be an eight-day tour package, including seminars, lectures, group meetings, and visits to the Vishwanath temple and centres of important cultural heritage in Varanasi, Prayagraj, and Ayodhya.
The train will carry 700 pilgrims. After deducting the government’s subsidy of ₹5,000 to each pilgrim, the cost of the journey will be ₹15,000 for each person.
Ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the city on November 11, the BBMP expedited filling of potholes on Bengaluru roads and claimed that it had filled 29,517 out of 32,011 potholes identified till Tuesday. BBMP chief commissioner Tushar Giri Nath said the civic body had filled up 92.21% of potholes in the city.
BBMP Nath said it had filled up 92.21% of potholes in the city. | Photo Credit: Bhagya Prakash K
The BBMP had taken up a similar makeover drive in June 2022 during PM Modi’s last visit to Bengaluru. The civic body had spent ₹23 crore to redo 14 km of road, including stretches of Mysuru Road and Ballari Road. However, merely days after the facelift, a road caved in baring a sinkhole on one of the newly laid stretches ahead of Nagarabhavi Circle near the Dr. B. R. Ambedkar School of Economics University, Bengaluru (BASE), campus that Mr. Modi had inaugurated.
The resulting social media outrage over shoddy civic works prompted the Chief Minister to order a probe while the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) also sought a report.
On November 8, Deputy Director of Pre University Education (DDPUE) of Bengaluru Rural District issued a circular asking colleges in the district to bring students for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s events on November 11, failing which he warned that the principals would be responsible for its consequences. The district administration had set a target to mobilise 8,000 students from the district’s colleges for the PM’s event.
The circular was withdrawn on November 9, following objections from opposition parties and a section of the people after it was widely shared on social media.
KPCC president D.K. Shivakumar took a dig at the BJP remakring sarcastically that the BJP needed college students to fill up the chairs during the Prime Minister’s programme, after the poor response to its Jana Sankalpa Yatre.
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