Modi dedicates two railway projects worth Rs2,900 crores to the nation | So Good News


NEW DELHI : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday dedicated two railway projects worth Rs. 2900 crores to the nation at Asarwa, Ahmedabad.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that the entire route has been rejuvenated and the gauge line from Asarwa to Udaipur via Himmatnagar has been converted to broad gauge. “This part of Gujarat will now be directly connected with the neighboring state of Rajasthan as well as the entire country. The gauge conversion work between Lunidhar-Jetalsar will also facilitate rail connectivity in this area and trains coming from here will be able to go to all parts of the country.”

He added that when the gauge line on a route changes to broad gauge, it brings with it many new opportunities. “With the conversion of the 300 km long railway line from Asarwa to Udaipur to broad gauge, the tribal areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan will be connected to Delhi and North India. The conversion of this railway line to broad gauge has also made an alternative route available for Ahmedabad and Delhi. Now direct rail link has also been established between the tourist places of Kutch and the tourist places of Udaipur. This will give a big boost to the tourist spots of Kutch, Udaipur, Chittorgarh and Nathdwara.”

Prime Minister Modi further said that traders in the region will also get the benefit of connecting directly to major industrial centers like Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad. “Especially the tile industry in Himatnagar will get a lot of help. Similarly, with the conversion of Lunidhar-Jetalsar railway line to broad gauge, the Dhasa-Jetalsar section is now completely converted to broad gauge as well. This railway line passes through the districts of Botad, Amreli and Rajkot which till now had limited rail connectivity. With the completion of this line, people of Bhavnagar and Amreli region will now get the benefit of direct connectivity to Somnath and Porbandar.”

The Prime Minister said that the route will reduce the distance between Bhavnagar-Veraval from about 470 kilometers to less than 290 kilometers. – It will reduce the journey time from twelve hours to just six and a half hours. Similarly, the distance between Bhavnagar-Porbandar has decreased by about 200 kilometers, and the distance between Bhavnagar-Rajkot by about 30 kilometers. The trains running on broad gauge route will also accelerate the industrial development of Gujarat while making tourism accessible and connecting the areas that were cut off.”

He said that between 2009 and 2014, less than 125 kilometers of railway lines were doubled, while between 2014 and 2022, more than five and a half hundred kilometers of railway lines have been doubled. “Only about 60 km of track was electrified in Gujarat between 2009 and 2014. While between 2014 and 2022, more than 1,700 km of track has been electrified.”

Prime Minister Modi added that railway stations in Ahmedabad, Surat, Udhna, Sabarmati, Somnath and New Bhuj are being upgraded. “The new Vande Bharat Express service was started between Gandhinagar and Mumbai. 12 Gati Shakti Cargo Terminals are also planned to give a new dimension to the development of Western Railway. The first Gati Shakti Multimodal Cargo Terminal has been commissioned at Vadodara- the circle. Soon the rest of the terminals will also be ready to provide their services.”

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