Vadnagar: North Gujarat's Vadnagar railway station is expected to get a makeover by this year. On Friday, Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said about Rs 8 crore (approx US$ 1.25 Million) had already been allocated for the purpose. Vadnagar railway station is in Mehsana-Taranga Hill metre gauge section of Western Railways, which is being converted into broad gauge.
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- Sinha said,“About Rs 8 crore (approx US$ 1.25 Million) has been allocated (for the task).”
- “Tourism ministry has allotted Rs 8 crore (approx US$ 1.25 Million) for the development of Vadnagar station. The work is being executed by state tourism department as part of a Rs 100 crore (approx US$ 15.38 Million) project to develop the Vadnagar-Modhera-Patan tourist circuit. The makeover of the station is expected to be completed by this year,” said Ahmedabad Divisional Railway Manager Dinesh Kumar, who was accompanying the minister.
- The track conversion work would also be completed till Vadnagar by this year, Kumar added.
- Last year, the Modi government had approved Rs 414 crore (approx US$ 63.69 Million) for converting a 57.4 kilometer section between Mehsana-Taranga Hill (a Jain pilgrimage destination) into broad gauge.
- The development comes after a TCGL (Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd) partner had offered a daylong tour package of Modi’s birthplace, Vadnagar, in 2015.
- Under “A Rise from Modi’s Village” package worth Rs 600, tourists could visit Modi’s ancestral house & primary school, the temple where he used to play drums besides the railway station.
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