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Modi Wave of Infra projects to influence poll-bound home state

The world’s first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) terminal and a regional science center in Bhavnagar, Ahmedabad Metro to a Gandhi Nagar-Mumbai Central Vande Bharat Express, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Gujarat from September 29 will launch a slew of projects to the poll-bound state.

The state will also see regular visits from the Union’s prime minister and home affairs minister, Amit Shah, in the coming days.

ON DAY 1

On Thursday, the Prime Minister will be in Bhavnagar to lay the foundation stone of the world’s first CNG terminal. The Gujarat Maritime Board signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Foresight Group at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Business Summit in 2019.

The port will be developed at a cost of Rs 4,024 crore and will feature state-of-the-art infrastructure. Officials said the prime minister’s vision was to make Bhavnagar a hub of projects such as vehicle scrapping, container production, along with the development of the Dholera Special Investment Region. This terminal meets Bhavnagar’s need for clean energy. The port will provide employment for up to 1,100 people and more port-related employment. The construction of this port is planned to start from 2023 and will be operational in 2026.

Apart from this, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Regional Science Center in Bhavnagar, which will also benefit Saurashtra. It will promote scientific study and research on marine aquatic species. The car gallery will have workshop areas where students can receive hands-on training on engines. There will be other galleries, such as the Nobel Prize gallery dedicated to the winners in physiology and medicine, one for electromechanics with Tesla, Maglev and bullet-train working models, and one for biology.

The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the Aawadkrupa Plastomech Pvt Ltd container, which is part of the government’s Make in India program.

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Modi is scheduled to visit Ambaji Temple and will likely make an announcement about it.

The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the 36th National Games.

Senior leaders of the party said the prime minister has a vision to promote science education in the region while making it a manufacturing center, which explains the projects.

ON DAY 2

On Friday, PM Modi will inaugurate the first phase of the Ahmedabad Metro project and inaugurate the Gandhi Nagar-Mumbai Central Vande Bharat Express from Gandhinagar Railway Station along with Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Union Minister of State for Railways Darshana Jardosh.

India’s first domestically developed train will run between Gandhinagar and Mumbai. The trial run of the express was successful. The train is equipped with the ‘KAVACH’ technology (train collision avoidance system). It is an automatic protection system that prevents two trains from colliding with each other. This technique was developed in India itself, which means that the total costs are lower.

The Union government has announced in its 2022 budget a 2,000 km rail network using the ‘KAVACH’ technique. Vaishnaw conducted a successful test run of the project, which costs 50% less than the imported models, realizing the Prime Minister’s dedication to Make in India products.

The domestically developed semi-high-speed train will reach a speed of 0-100 km within 52 seconds. The train is equipped with sliding steps, touch-free sliding doors and automated insert doors. The Coach Control Management System regulates the temperature. The GSM/GPRS will be used for communication and feedback with the control center and maintenance personnel.

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“There are special toilets for divyangs. Touch-free bio-vacuum toilets have been installed for other passengers. Likewise, seat numbers are also designed in braille for the visually impaired. The train has a Level II safety integration certificate, a rear view camera and four cameras on the side of the platform, a smoke aspiration and suppression system, electric cabins, an aerosol-based fire detection and suppression system in washrooms,” a senior official informed.

Another ambitious project that the Prime Minister will deal with is the inauguration of Phase I of the Ahmedabad Metro. Officials say the metro will be operational within two days of its inauguration. The first phase was completed at a cost of Rs 12,000 crore, employing 910 lakh man-days and has 96 buses, 129 elevators, 161 escalators and 126 entry/exit points.

THE EAST-WEST CONNECTION

The metro covers 21 km and connects the Thaltej Apparel Park. The Thaltej-Vastral route on the east-west corridor has 17 stations. This corridor also has a 6.6 km underground section with four stations.

The stations on the east-west corridor are Thaltej, Doordarshan Kendra, Gurukul Road, Gujarat University, Commerce Six Roads, SP Stadium, Old High Court, Shahpur, Gheekanta, Kalupur Railway Station, Kankaria (East), Apparel Park, Amraiwadi, Rabari Colony , Vastral, Nirant Crossroad and Vastral Game.

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The 19 km north-south corridor connecting APMC to Motera Stadium has 15 stations.

The second phase of the Metro project will connect the state capital of Gandhinagar with Ahmedabad, which will essentially be the extension of the first phase. This phase has two corridors including a 22.8 km route from Motera Stadium to Mahatma Mandir with 20 stations and a 5.4 km route from Gujarat National Law University to GIFT City with two stations.

Phase II is on an elevated route.

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