The Vadnagar railway station in Gujarat where Prime Minister Narendra Modi used to sell tea during his childhood, is to get a facelift worth Rs 8 crore, Union minister Manoj Sinha said here today. “(A sum of) Rs 8 crore has been sanctioned for the development of Vadnagar railway station in Mehsana district,” the minister of state for railways told reporters. Sinha was in Sachana village today to inaugurate the Inland Container Depot (ICD), built by the Continental Warehousing Corporation (Nhava Seva) Ltd.
Ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Modi had often mentioned that he used to sell tea during his childhood at the Vadnagar railway station along with his father. Vadnagar town is also the birthplace of Modi.
Giving further details about the project, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Ahmedabad division, Dinesh Kumar said the entire project of developing Vadnagar and adjoining places in Mehsana district would cost over Rs 100 crore.
“The development of Vadnagar railway station is one of the components of the Rs 100 crore project to develop Vadnagar, Modhera and Patan as tourist destinations. As of now, the Ministry of Tourism has given Rs 8 crore to the state Tourism Department to develop the railway station,” Kumar said.
He said railways has already undertaken a project for converting the meter gauge line on the Vadnagar-Mehasana route into the broad gauge line.
Meanwhile, Sinha said his ministry is considering to implement a timetable for all the goods trains in line with the passenger trains. “At present, goods trains do not run as per any timetable. Thus, we have initiated a pilot project wherein three to four such trains are plying as per their time table.
After analysing the outcome of the project, we are considering to implement this system for all the goods trains,” the minister said.