New Delhi, Oct 29: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on a day-long visit to Karnataka on Sunday. He will begin his day by offering prayers  to Lord Shiva at the the Manjunatheshwara temple at Dharmasthala. Flying from national capital to Mangaluru, Modi is expected to reach the temple-town at 11 AM.Also Read - Fire At Mumbai High-Rise: Rescue Operation Underway, PM Modi Announces Compensation | Key Points

PM will attend a function organised by the Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP) in the Dharmasthala. Modi will distribute RuPay cards to beneficiaries at Ujire, in bid to enable the self-help groups to begin cashless digital transactions. Also Read - Bengaluru Schools Reopening: Karnataka Govt to Take Call on January 29, Says Education Minister

He will also launch a campaign to ‘Preserve Mother Earth and Transfer to the Next Generation’ of the trust. PM will then head towards Bengaluru, where he will attend a public function, organised by the Vedanta Bharati at the Palace grounds in the city centre. Also Read - Weekend Curfew Ends In Karnataka, Night Restrictions Continue | Read Latest Guidelines

Later in the day, Modi will dedicate the 110km Bidar-Kalaburgi railway track in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region that would reduce distance between Bengaluru and New Delhi by 380km and travel time by six to eight hours.  Though foundation for the project was laid over two decades ago in 1996, its construction work began only in 2000 and dragged on for years due to meagre fund allocation by the Railway Ministry. This escalated its cost to a whopping Rs 1,542 crore from the original estimate of Rs 370 crore.

The new track will also provide direct rail connectivity from Bengaluru to Bidar in the state’s northern region, about 690km away from the state capital. It has been said that land acquisition between the towns delayed its completion.

To ensure a hassle-free visit of the prime minister, heavy police bandobast has been made in the city and surrounding areas. According to the reports of The Hindu, over 2,500 police personnel, in addition to Special Protection Group (SPG) personnel, are deployed for the smooth conduct of the events.