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PM virtually inaugurates & dedicates redeveloped Gandhinagar Capital Railway Station

PM flags off Gandhinagar-Varanasi Express train and Gandhinagar-Varetha MEMU train

Redeveloped Gandhinagar Capital Railway Station, 5-Star Hotel & various attractions at Science City will be a milestone

in the development of Gujarat- Union Home Minister Mr. Amit Shah

Robotic galleries and aquatic galleries will increase children’s curiosity about science, while construction of hotels and railway stations will boost the economy and tourism

GoG is Committed to accelerate the pace of PM’s Standard Benchmark of Gujarat’s Development: CM

Gujarat’s global identity will be further strengthened with the newly built railway station and Science City Phase-II projects: CM


Gandhinagar, Friday:  Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi today inaugurated and dedicated state-of-the-art Renovated & Redeveloped Gandhinagar Capital Railway Station, a modern five-star hotel with 318 rooms, three new attractions constructed at Science City Phase-II which include Aquatic Gallery at a cost of Rs. 264 crore, Robotic Gallery at a cost of Rs. 127 crore and Nature Park at a cost of Rs. 14 crore in Ahmedabad as well flagged off Gandhinagar-Varanasi new weekly superfast train, Surendranagar- Pipavav 266 km railway electrification and Mehsana -Varetha electrified broad gauge rail section connecting Vadnagar. 21st century India is an India of New Aspirations. Today’s developmental works will be a new link in the identity of the new India.

Mr. Modi said that goal of the nation is not just to build “concrete” structures, but also to connect with own “character” with these structures. We have stepped forward in the direction of urban development as compared to past. Has any Ahmedabadi ever thought about the ‘Lake Development Front’, Sea-Plane or Open Gymnasium or new attractions around Kankaria in Ahmedabad? Today, these new attractions are not just limited to embodiment but have changed the entire “eco-system”! Three new projects at “Science City” will make children “creative” as well as “recreational” and will also lead children and youth towards cultivating interest in science. The Robo Park and Nature Park will be the center of attraction for the children as well.

Nation’s first and Asia’s fifth largest “Aquatic Gallery” will establish a children’s connection to marine biodiversity. The robots interacting in the “Robotic Gallery” will bring new experiences to children and youth about the usefulness of robots in the fields of medicine-agriculture-space-defence along with the attractions of robots serving food in “Robot Cafe”.

Mr. Modi expressed his gratitude to the response received on posting the photos of Robotic gallery on social- media and expressed his feeling of pride of being built in our country and Gujarat. He added that Science City is a project that combines re-creation and re-creativity.

Inaugurating the railway projects Mr. Modi said that, there was a need for a fresh reform in the railways. He said that today the results of efforts to develop railways not just as a service but as an asset are visible. He said today major railway stations across the country are being modernised.  Railways station are now getting equipped with Wi-Fi and modern facilities. In the coming days, due to the “Dedicated Frigate Corridor”, the speed of the railways will increase further. Trains like “Vande Bharat” and “Tejas” are running at full speed, which is an example of this, which is giving a new experience to the passengers. People have also experienced the “thrill of journey” through the “Vista Dome” during the inauguration of the Kevadia trains.

Now a days the trains-tracks and platforms are already very clean and tidy. This is because of the more than two lakh “bio-toilets” in the railways.  today major railway stations across the country are being modernised. Even railway stations in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities are now equipped with Wi-Fi facilities and many new dimensions have made Indian Railways one of the world’s modern railways.

Horizontal and vertical expansion of Railways is important for development. The new Gandhinagar Station reflects a change in terms of infrastructure. It is proof of optimum utilization of modern technology, also resulting in employment opportunities. In addition, a five-star hotel has been built on top of the Gandhinagar Capital Railway Station, said PM.

Gandhinagar Capital Railway Station, Mahatma Mandir, Dandi Kutir, New Five-Star Hotel and all these attractions located at a distance of 20 km from Ahmedabad International Airport attract a large number of investors and industrialists from nation as well abroad.

Now the railway has started in the north-east. The train connecting Kanyakumari to Srinagar will start in the next few days. I am happy with the renovation of Vadnagar Station, one of the “Heritage Circuits” covering Vadnagar-Modhera and Patan. Moreover, the electrification of Surendranagar-Pipavav will connect North India with this double-decker container train, which will increase trade, employment and self-employment opportunities, added PM.

On the occasion, Mr. Modi also expressed optimism to connect all modes of transport with “multi-modal connectivity” and with less time, less cost and better facilities, we would be stronger in the direction of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat”(Self-reliant India).

Union Home Minister, Minister of Cooperation and Gandhinagar MP Mr. Amit Shah termed the complete rejuvenation of the state capital Gandhinagar’s railway station after 35 years as a day of great joy for the citizens of Gujarat and Gandhinagar constituency. Mr. Shah said that a long time ago, following the idea of this railway station, its embodiment and special purpose vehicle, when the construction started, many people thought of it as just an engineering adventure, but today this adventure has become successful and it is inaugurated by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi.

The home minister added that when Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat, his insistence and goal was to lead all development works of Gujarat at world class level, and the planning was also done accordingly. It is because of his vision that many developmental projects in Gujarat today are of world class and exemplary. The launch of this new railway station in Gandhinagar and two new trains will be useful for the citizens in many ways. Also, the newly constructed five-star hotel will be significant in developing the economy and tourism.

Mr. Amit Shah said that railway gauge change between Mehsana-Varetha and electrification of 266 km railway line between Surendranagar-Pipavav will prove to be important in the direction of electrification and gauge change determined by the railways. Since Mr. Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, Railways has completed many new projects in Gujarat. After the construction of the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Saheb, the Statue of Unity, the work of connecting it with eight important places of the country has been completed recently by the railways, and today the work of connecting Gandhinagar with Baba Vishwanath’s town through Gandhinagar-Varanasi train has also been completed. The MEMU service to be launched between Gandhinagar and Varetha is also going to prove useful for many travelers. While the development of Vavol underpass will reduce the distance by 2.5 kms for drivers.

Referring to the two galleries and a nature park to be inaugurated at Science City Ahmedabad on this occasion, Mr. Shah added that these newly constructed Aquatic Gallery and Robotics Gallery would prove to be important for students interested in science. Spread over an area of about 11,000 square meters, this robotics gallery showcases various utilities of robots in many fields, ranging from human-robot dialogue to agriculture, space, and defense. While in the Aquatic Gallery, children can experience various types of marine biodiversity. Apart from this, a nature park has also been constructed in eight hectares area. There is also a plan to develop this nature park as a biological park in the future.

Today, Home Minister Mr. Amit Shah termed all these projects, being unveiled by the Prime Minister, as a milestone for the development of entire Gujarat and expressed gratitude on behalf of the people of Gujarat.

On this occasion of the inauguration of the newly constructed Gandhinagar Railway Station, Railway Minister Mr. Ashwini Vaishnaw said that it is the determination of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to create a new identity by bringing extensive changes in the railways. The redevelopment of Gandhinagar railway station and the construction of a five-star hotel on the railway station embodies his resolve. Railway Development has a very significant role to play in any nation’s development. Indian Railways has undergone a number of changes during the seven-year tenure of the Prime Minister.

Mr. Vaishnaw added that during the tenure of Mr. Narendra Modi, various works like development of many infrastructural facilities in the railway sector, introduction of trains equipped with state-of-the-art facilities such as Vande Bharat, Tejas, green railway as well as electrification of already functioning railways have been undertaken. During the coronavirus period, Indian Railways worked as oxygen express and delivered oxygen to the needy. It is no exaggeration to say that currently the golden era of railway history is underway.

Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijay Rupani said that today the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has gifted the weekly superfast train from Gandhinagar to Varanasi, dedicated electrification of the 266 km long railway line between Surendranagar and Pipavav for the transportation of goods to the industries in Pipavav industrial area, and dedicated electrified Broad-Gauge Railway between Mehsana-Varetha connecting Vadnagar.

CM said that Gandhinagar was deprived of railway services for years but now Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has given a new step of all round development to Gujarat by gifting this new project as well as railway train.

This rail project will increase connectivity and facilities. Not only that, the Chief Minister expressed confidence that a huge convention center like Mahatma Mandir, a state-of-the-art railway station and a five-star hotel would also be a center of attraction for tourists coming to Gandhinagar from within the country and abroad.

The Chief Minister said that a state-of-the-art 318-room five-star hotel has been constructed with the objective of providing world class facilities near the Convection Center for investors and business representatives from withing India and abroad.

CM said that Mr. Narendra Modi had developed Science City during his tenure as the Chief Minister to encourage the interest of children, elders and youth of Gujarat in information technology.

CM added that the Science City, which entertains children and adults, already has an iMax Theater, an astronomy-space gallery and three new projects have been unveiled today. The largest aquarium of India, built in Science City, will have about eleven thousand fishes from India and abroad and the information of those fishes will also be available through the kiosk located here.

Mr. Narendra Modi has set a standard benchmark for the development of Gujarat. The Gujarat government is committed to accelerate the pace of the development by maintaining this development standard.

CM also said that today the tale of Gujarat’s development is being discussed and compared not only with other states of the country but also with the developed countries of the world. Gujarat is the country’s growth engine, manufacturing hub and has become the largest recipient of foreign investment. The root of this development was formed by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi as the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Mr. Rupani Said that during the pandemic of Corona, economic activities in many countries of the world were suspended while 125 crore Indians under the leadership of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi did not stop the pace of development, economic activities and business with the mantra ‘Na Zukna Hai Na Rukna Hai’. Following the Prime Minister’s motto ‘Kadai bhi, dawai bhi’, the state government has gifted multiple development projects to the people.

It is the vision of our Prime Minister to have all world class facilities in Gujarat. Mr. Rupani added that Gujarat’s global identity would be further strengthened with the International Airport, Sardar Patel Sports Complex, Narendra Modi Stadium, Metro Train, Gift City, Mahatma Mandir and newly constructed railway station and Science City Phase-II projects.

Expressing his desire to continue the development journey of Gujarat, the Chief Minister said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Mr. Modi, Gujarat and other states have resolutely resisted and have not allowed the pace of development work to slow down in difficult conditions during both wave of Corona.

Mr. Rupani expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, Home Minister Mr. Amit Shah, Railway Minister Mr. Ashwini Vaishnaw for gifting various projects to Gujarat.

Chief Secretary of the State Dr. Anil Mukim delivering his welcome note. He said this newly developed railway station and two new trains and all three projects of Science City would accelerate the development journey of Gujarat and will fulfil the vision and mission of our Prime Minister. He added that various projects have been implemented by the Government of Gujarat in collaboration with the Central Government which will help in enhancing the global identity of Gujarat in the years to come.

Prime Minister Mr. Modi flagged off Gandhinagar-Varanasi SuperFast Train and Gandhinagar-Varetha Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) Train. He also inaugurated three innovative projects of Science City.

On this occasion Union Minister of State for Railways Smt. Darshana Jardosh, Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Nitin Patel, Gujarat BJP State President Mr. CR Patil, Cabinet members, MPs, MLAs and other office bearers were present.

Source: Information Department, Gujarat