Bhopal : Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has said that Kevadiya is realizing the vision of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who is responsible for the unification of India and who gave India the mantra of “Ek Bharat –Shreshtha Bharat” It is presenting a beautiful picture of “Ek Bharat –Shreshtha Bharat”. This is probably for the first time in the history of railways that so many trains are being started from different corners of the country for one destination simultaneously. It is also realizing the mission of Indian Railways that is uniting India. Today, a new chapter of unity integrity of the country has been written here. A miniature India will appear in Kevadiya.
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was launching the Dabhoi-Chandod Aman converted broad gauge rail line, Chandod-Kevadia new broad gauge rail line, Pratapnagar-Kevadia newly electrified rail section and new station buildings of Dabhoi Junction, Chandod and Kevadia through video conferencing today. Along with this, Prime Minister Shri Modi and Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan flagged off (virtually), Varanasi Junction-Kevadia Express, Dadar-Kevadia Express, Ahmedabad-Kevadia Jan Shatabdi Express, Hazrat Nizamuddin-Kevadia Express, Rewa-Kevadia Express, Chennai-Kevadia Express, Pratapnagar-Kevadia Memu and Kevadia-Pratapnagar Memu trains.
Kevadia has become the world’s biggest tourist destination
Prime Minister Shri Modi said that Kevadia has become the world’s biggest tourist destination after the installation of the world’s highest statue of Sardar Patel – the “Statue of Unity”. Here both economy and ecology have developed at a rapid pace. Zoological Park, Jungle Safari, Arogya Forest, Nutrition Park, Glow Garden, Cactus Garden, Butterfly Park have been set up here. Also Ekta cruise, rafting have also been started.
Railway has done work in record time with new construction technology
Prime Minister Shri Modi said that the widening of tracks, electrification, operation of high speed trains, etc. have been completed in record time with the help of new construction technology. We are now running semi hybrid trains and are moving towards high speed technology. Also, all this is environment-friendly. Green building railway station has been constructed at Kevadia. The opening of Deemed Railway University in Vadodara is also an achievement of the Railways.
Tourism, trade, employment and industrial development will gain momentum
Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal said that the construction of this ambitious rail project to provide rail connectivity to the Statue of Unity in Kevadia will give a significant impetus to tourism, local trade, employment and economic and industrial development of the surrounding areas. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel connected the country and Indian Railways is connecting his statue with the whole country.
Kevadia is not only a tourist destination but a place of inspiration
Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in connection with the project that the world famous statue of Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who united India in Kevadia, Statue of Unity has been established. Lakhs of devotees and tourists visit here. It has become not only a tourist place but also a place of inspiration, which is inspiring us for the unity and integrity of the country. Direct rail connectivity from Rewa in the state will provide special facility to the people of Vindhya region to visit Kevadia. For this I congratulate and thank the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
Union Foreign Minister Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Chief Ministers of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, MP, Rewa Shri Janardan Mishra, MP Shri Rajamani Patel, MLA Rewa Shri Rajendra Shukla etc. were present in the video conferencing. Additional Chief Secretary Home Shri SN Mishra, DRM Shri Udaya Borwankar, Principal Secretary Shri Manish Rastogi etc. were present in the video conference at CM House.