Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed Bhoomi Poojan of Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II and Surat Metro Rail Project via video conference on January 18.
Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Housing & Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri were present on the occasion.
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 on January 18, work has started on infrastructure projects worth Rs 17,000 crore. This shows that even during the pandemic period, efforts for infrastructure building are gaining momentum, he said. 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.