City project completed. The prime minister later also held a roadshow in the city of Bhavnagar, where women showered rose petals on his car and performers performed folk dances on stages set up by the local government at various places along the route.
In Surat, Modi held a meeting in the Limbayat area after laying the foundation stone and inaugurating a large number of projects worth Rs 3,400 crore, including the inauguration of the main gate and Phase 1 works of DREAM City, an ambitious project that comes on 700 hectares of land near the village of Khajod on the outer ring road of Surat. He also said Indian Railways has come up with a plan to run a special train between Surat and its Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi for easy transportation of textile products from here to Uttar Pradesh. The Prime Minister said Surat has made great strides in the past 20 years.
Modi recalls the struggle to get an airport in Surat and said the then BJP government in Gujarat, when he was the prime minister, struggled to convince the then UPA government to properly set up an airport for the city. to approve. “We were tired of explaining to the then national government why an airport is needed and what this city is capable of (if there is one). This also happened in the case of the Metro project,” he said. Referring to the BJP governments both in the Center and in the state, Modi said such approvals are now coming faster because of the “twin-engine sarkar”.
“When the DREAM City project is completed, Surat will emerge as the world’s safest and easiest diamond trading center. The day is not far away when Surat will be known as a modern office space for diamond merchants and companies from all over the world,” said Modi. Projects launched on Thursday included new government schools, a science museum, libraries, new fire stations, a hostel for medical students, sewage treatment plants, 25 electric vehicle charging stations and overpasses.
On the occasion, Modi said the railways have come up with a plan to run a special train between Surat and his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi for easy transportation of Surat’s textile products to Uttar Pradesh. “The Surat textile market is connected to Kashi and the east of UP. Currently, textile products are transported to UP by trucks. Now the Railways has come up with an innovation and changed the design of the carriages so that the cargo can easily fit in them. Specially designed containers are also being developed that can be easily loaded and unloaded,” said the Prime Minister.
“After the initial success, we are trying to run a new train between Surat and Kashi. The train will carry freight from Surat to Kashi. This will benefit the businessmen, traders and workers of Surat,” he said. Modi also said that out of a total of four crore citizens who had taken advantage of the government’s Ayushman Bharat plan, nearly 32 lakh were from Gujarat, including 1.25 lakh from Surat. Earlier in the day, Modi held a 2.5-kilometer roadshow in Surat and waved to people on both sides of the road to greet him. He later also held a roadshow in Bhavnagar, where nearly 50,000 people gathered along the route to greet him, officials said. The Prime Minister’s schedule for the two-day visit to Gujarat includes the inauguration or laying of foundation stones for various projects worth more than Rs 29,000 crore.
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