Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a visit to poll-bound Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Thursday. In Puducherry, PM Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of several development projects.

The Prime Minister inaugurated a Blood Centre at state-run JIPMER, a Sports Authority of India (SAI) girls hostel at Lawspet and a reconstructed Heritage Mairie Building.

Modi laid the foundation stone for the four-laning of Sattanathapuram-Nagapattinam National Highway section, Medical College Building at Karaikal New Campus of JIPMER-Phase I and the development of Minor Port at Puducherry under Sagarmala scheme.

He also laid the foundation stone of Synthetic Athletic Track, Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in the Union Territory.

"What I am seeing here today -- the energy and enthusiasm -- is wonderful. It shows how the direction of the wind is changing in Puducherry," PM Narendra Modi said at a rally in Puducherry.

"India needs world-class infrastructure. Projects will improve the lives of people. Projects will create jobs for youth," PM Modi said earlier, after inaugurating key projects in Puducherry.

"Our farmers are innovating. It's our duty to ensure their produce gets good markets. Good roads do that. Four-laning of the road will also draw industries in this area and generate job opportunities for local youth," PM said.

"The people of Puducherry are talented. This land is beautiful. I am here to personally assure all possible support from my government for the development of Puducherry."

Puducherry recently saw political turmoil after the Congress government fell early this week. Earlier, Tamilsai Soundararajan replaced Kiran Bedi as lieutenant governor (LG) of Puducherry. Soundararajan was shifted to the Union Territory from Telangana, where she was the governor.

From Puducherry, he will fly to Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu to launch projects worth over Rs 12,000 crore.