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PM Inaugurates and Lays Foundation for Projects Worth Over Rs 1,06,000 Crores in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Shri Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, laid the foundation stone for various developmental projects worth over Rs 1,06,000 crores at the Dedicated Freight Corridor’s Operation Control Centre in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The development projects encompass multiple sectors including railway infrastructure, connectivity, and petrochemicals. He also flagged off 10 new Vande Bharat trains.

The Prime Minister acknowledged the lakhs of people connected to the event from more than 200 different places and said that the scale and size of today’s event cannot be matched with any other event in Railways’ history. He also congratulated Railways for today’s event.

Modi underlined that development works for the creation of Viksit Bharat are continuously expanding with the inauguration and laying the foundation stone of multiple development projects across the country. In the 75 days of 2024, projects worth more than Rs 11 lakh crores have been inaugurated or foundation stones laid, while projects worth around Rs 7 lakh crores have been unveiled in the last 10-12 days.

He also touched upon the laying of the foundation Stone of Petrochemicals complex of Petronet LNG at Dahej worth more than Rs 20,000 crores and informed that it will help boost hydrogen production and demand for polypropylene in the country. He also mentioned the foundation stone laying of Ekta Malls in Maharashtra and Gujarat, which will take India’s cottage industry and handicrafts to every corner of the country, thereby emboldening the government’s mission for Vocal for Local and strengthening the foundations of Viksit Bharat.

Reiterating the young demographics of India, the Prime Minister told the nation’s youth that today’s inaugurations are for their present and today’s foundation stones guarantee their bright future. The Prime Minister listed initiatives like a six-fold budget increase from 2014 and assured the countrymen that in the next 5 years, the transformation of railways will exceed their imagination.

Modi highlighted the critical role of railways in a nation becoming developed and economically competent. He threw light on the transforming landscape of railways and mentioned laying railway tracks at a fast pace, redevelopment of more than 1300 railway stations, flagging off next-generation trains like Vande Bharat, NaMo Bharat, and Amrit Bharat, and unveiling modernized railway engines and coach factories.

The Prime Minister also mentioned the Gati Shakti Cargo Terminal Policy, which has increased construction of cargo terminals as land leasing policy has been simplified and made online leading to transparency. He also mentioned the establishment of Gati Shakti University.

Modi criticized those who link these initiatives with elections, stating that these development projects are not for forming a government but are a mission of nation building. He emphasized that the Indian Railways will continue to move ahead at the pace of modernity.

Prime Minister Modi expressed delight that Indian Railways is promoting tourism related to regional culture and faith while realizing the mantra of heritage along with development. He announced that around 350 Aastha trains have already run, taking more than 4.5 lakh devotees for Ramlalla’s darshan in Ayodhya. He called upon the citizens for their cooperation to continue this celebration of development.

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(Source: PIB)

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