PM Modi launches Ahmedabad, Surat Metro Rail projects
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday performed the "bhoomi poojan" of Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II and Surat Metro Rail Project via video conferencing.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister congratulated Ahmedabad and Surat for the gift of Metro as the service will improve connectivity in the two important business centers of the country. He also congratulated people of Gujarat for new trains and railway lines for Kevadiya including modern Jan Shatabdi from Ahmedabad to Kevadiya. The Prime Minister informed that today work started on infrastructure projects worth 17 thousand crore. This shows that even during Corona period, efforts for infrastructure building are gaining momentum. In recent days infrastructure projects worth thousands of crores were either dedicated to nation or work started on new projects.
Terming Ahmedabad and Surat as the cities contributing to Aatamnirbharta, The Prime Minister, recalled the excitement when Metro was launched in Ahmedabad and how Ahmedabad had linked its dreams and identity with Metro. The second phase of metro will benefit the people as it will link new areas of the city with this comfortable mode of transport. Similarly, Surat will also experience better connectivity. These projects are envisaged keeping in mind the requirement of the future, said the Prime Minister.
The difference between the approach of his government and the previous governments is the (pace of) expansion of the metro rail network across the country, he said.
"Before 2014, only 225 km of metro line became operational in 10-12 yrs. In the last six years, over 450 km of metro network became operational," Modi said.
Taking the example of Surat and Gandhinagar, the Prime Minister also dwelled on the thinking of the government on urbanization which is not reactive but proactive and keeps the needs of future in mind. Only two decades ago, Surat was mentioned for it plague epidemic rather than its development.
He further said that after Ahmedabad, Surat is one of the biggest cities in Gujarat which will be connected with modern transport facilities.
"In Surat, the metro project will connect the important business centres with each other," the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister said that today we are developing an integrated system of transportation in cities.
This means bus, metro, the train will no longer run according to it but as collective management to complement each other, he said.
He said that on the basis of population, Surat is the eighth-most populated city out of 10 in the country and the fourth developed city in the world.
He said, out of every 10 diamonds in the country, nine are carved and finished in Surat.
The Prime Minister highlighted that besides cities, villages in Gujarat have also witnessed unprecedented development. "Especially the roads, electricity and the supply of the water have improved in the last two decades. These are a very important chapter in the history of Gujarat," he said.
Modi also pointed out that many of us seen the time when the water was supplied in the villages through tankers and trains.
"Now 80 percent of the population in the state is getting water supply from the pipeline," he said.
Modi said that under the Jal Jeevan Mission, 10 lakh new water connections have been distributed. "And very soon, every household in Gujarat will be getting water supply through the pipeline," he said.
Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri were also present on the occasion.
Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II is 28.25 Kilometres long with two corridors. Corridor-1 is 22.8 Kilometres long and is from Motera Stadium to Mahatma Mandir. Corridor-2 is 5.4 Kilometres long and is from GNLU to GIFT City. The total completion cost of the Phase-II project is Rs 5,384 crores.
Surat Metro Rail Project is 40.35 Kilometres long and comprises two corridors. Corridor-1 is 21.61 Kilometres long and is from Sarthana to Dream City. Corridor-2 is 18.74 Kilometres long and is from Bhesan to Saroli. The total completion cost of the project Rs 12,020 crores.