Published on : Tuesday, January 19, 2021
On Sunday, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi flagged off eight trains connecting different regions of the country to Gujarat’s Kevadiya, which is home to the Statue of Unity.
At the virtual event, the PM said that the Statue of Unity is attracting more tourists than even the Statue of Liberty. “More than 50 lakh visitors have come to the site after it was dedicated to the nation in 2018 and the visitation is catching up now. As the connectivity improves, about one lakh visitors per day are expected in Kevadiya,” said the PM.
The eight trains flagged off will improve connectivity between Kevadiya and Chennai, Varanasi, Rewa, Dadar and Delhi and will write a new chapter in the development of Kevadiya, said the PM.
“A few days ago, I inaugurated a large section (of the Dedicated Freight Corridor). On this very important project, in eight years work was done only on paper. From 2006 till 2014, not even one km track was laid. Now, in the next few months, 1,100-km work will be completed,” the PM said.
PM Modi also inaugurated three railway stations and a broad-gauge line connecting Dabhoi to Kevadia via video link.
“The amount of work done to modernize the country’s railway infrastructure in recent years is unprecedented. Today, Kevadia is no longer a small place in a remote area of Gujarat. It is emerging as the world’s biggest tourist destination,” he said.
The Ahmedabad-Kevadia Jan Shatabdi Express, one of the eight trains, has the Vistadome coach, which offers large viewing areas with rooftop glasses and seats for passengers.