Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday began his Maharashtra visit by offering prayers to Lord Ganesha in Mumbai during the ongoing 10-day long Ganesh Chaturthi. The Prime Minister began his Maharashtra visit with an auspicious 'darshan' of Lord Ganesha, which has been installed at the 96-year old Lokmanya Seva Sangh (LSS) in suburban Vile Parle of the metropolis. He is scheduled to lay the foundation stones of three Mumbai Metro lines on Saturday that will help boost connectivity across the city.
During his visit to the traditional pandal, the Prime Minister was accompanied by Governor B.S. Koshyari and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Modi was received by LSS President Mukund Chitale, committee members Rashmi Fadanvis, Mahesh Kale, Uday Tardalkar and others. The LSS was set up by the followers of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak on March 11, 1923, to build a socially vigilant, disciplined, cultured and progressive society.
In Mumbai, the three metro lines will together add more than 42 km to the metro network of the city. The three corridors are 9.2 km long Gaimukh to Shivaji Chowk (Mira Road) Metro-10 corridor, 12.7 km long Wadala to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Metro-11 corridor and 20.7 km long Kalyan to Taloja Metro-12 corridor. During his visit, The PM will also lay foundation stone for a state-of-the-art Metro Bhavan; the 32-storey centre will operate and control 14 metro lines measuring around 340 km.
As part of his Maharashtra visit, the Prime Minister was scheduled to visit Mumbai, Nagpur and Aurangabad. The Nagpur-leg of his journey was postponed at the last minute on Friday owing to stormy weather conditions.