New Delhi: Union Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw inspected the Vadnagar railway section and travelled in a rail engine along with the locomotive pilot on Friday.
This comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated several key Railways projects in Gujarat via video conferencing. The Railway projects include the newly redeveloped Gandhinagar Capital Railway station, gauge converted cum electrified Mahesana – Varetha line, and the newly electrified Surendranagar – Pipavav section.
“It was a moment of pride to arrive at first of its kind, the world-class Gandhinagar Capital Railway Station along with my colleague Smt. Darshana Jardosh Ji. I took a tour of this latest attraction in Gujarat and also discussed the entire project with the concerned officers,” the Union Minister of Railways had tweeted earlier.
He inspected the Vadnagar railway section and travelled in a rail engine along with the locomotive pilot on Friday. A video of the same has been on Twitter.
Talking about the Railways’ projects, Prime Minister Modi had emphasised that major railway stations across the country are being modernised. Railway stations in tier-2 and tier-3 cities are now equipped with WiFi facilities.
“The needs of 21st century India cannot be fulfilled through the ways of the 20th century. That is why Railways needed reforms with a new approach. We worked to develop Railways not only as a service but as an asset, the result of which can be clearly seen today,” PM Modi said.
Talking about the Vadnagar station, he added that it has “become a part of this expansion”. “I have so many memories attached to Vadnagar station. The new station looks really attractive. With the construction of this new broad gauge line, the Vadnagar-Modhera-Patan heritage circuit is now connected with better rail service,” he highlighted.
According to the information provided by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the up-gradation of Gandhinagar Capital Railway station has cost Rs 71 crore. The station has world-class amenities, at par with modern airports. Special attention has been given to make it a Divyang friendly station by providing it with a special ticket booking counter, ramps, lifts and dedicated parking space.
(With Agency Inputs)