On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kerala to inaugurate a road project. 13-km Kollam bypass on the National Highway 66, which was built at a cost of Rs. 352 crore and is likely to reduce travel time between Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram, a distance of 150 km.

PM Modi’s visit comes a day after the annual “Makaravilakku” festival at the Sabarimala temple that has kept the southern state in national news after the top court permitted entry of women between ages 10 and 50 in September 2018, to the hill shrine.

The center-ruling BJP along with Congress has supported the protests against the Supreme Court’s Verdict, charges the state’s Left government of ignoring sentiments of the public while implementing the order of the Supreme Court.

In an interview, PM Modi has clarified that BJP protesting against the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Sabarimala issue was based on “tradition”.

It will be PM Modi’s third official visit to Kollam. He first visited the city in December 2015, when he introduced the statue of ex-Chief Minister of Kerala R Shankar and later paid a visit in April 2016, after a fire tragedy in the state.

Later in the day, today PM Modi will also visit the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. There he is likely to inaugurate a plaque to mark the launch of some visitor facilities.

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