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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the Tharanga-Ambaji-Abu road rail line was built around 100 years ago during the British rule and despite the importance of the project, the then Congress-led UPA government did not approve it despite the Gujarat government. He submitted a proposal for the same under his Chief Ministership. The Prime Minister said this at a public meeting at Ambaji Nagar in Banaskantha district after laying the foundation stone for the 2,798 crore broad gauge railway project.
In all, Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Gujarat, has inaugurated or laid foundation stones for projects worth nearly Rs 7,000 crore before addressing a rally in the famous pilgrimage town of Ambaji. The railway connecting Tharanga Hill, Ambaji (Gujarat) and Abu Road (now in Rajasthan) was taken up by the British in 1930, i.e. 100 years earlier. This rail line proves that it is really needed. But, unfortunately, no decision was taken to implement it after our independence. The file remained untouched for decades even after independence,” Modi said.
“As Gujarat chief minister, I followed suit and sent a proposal to the central government as well. But no one paid attention because another party was in power,” Modi indirectly attacked the Congress. The Congress led the UPA coalition government at the Center from 2004 to 2014.
However, the Prime Minister said the situation changed when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government took office at the Center in 2014. “But now, our twin-engine government has taken this opportunity to dedicate this project at the feet of Amba Devi,” the prime minister said on the second and last day of his recent visit to Gujarat, where assembly elections are due later in the year. .
The “dual machine government” refers to the BJP-led governments in Gujarat and at the Centre. According to the Prime Minister, the new rail line along with the upcoming dedicated freight line will help farmers and local traders to expand their business.
Referring to the ongoing development in the area, the Prime Minister said that he wants to develop the entire area from Daroi Dam in Mehsana to Ambaji in Banaskantha district like Statue of Unity, which is a major tourist attraction of Narmada district. The completion of the iconic Unity statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s iron man, led to infrastructural and other development projects around the site and nearby areas.
On the occasion, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Grameen and Dr. P.R. The Prime Minister inaugurated or laid foundation stones for nearly 61,000 houses under various government schemes such as the Ambedkar Awaz Yojna.
“So far, our government has handed over nearly 3 crore houses to the needy citizens. Also, thanks to our policy, most of the houses are in the name of the mothers. Last year, almost 1.5 lakh houses were completed in Gujarat alone,” the Prime Minister said. Modi also launched the Gujarat government’s “Gaumata Poshan Yojna”, a scheme that provides subsidies to owners of gausalas or cattle sheds for maintaining cows and other abandoned livestock.
Some of the major projects initiated by the Prime Minister include construction of runway and other infrastructure at Teesa Air Force Station, inauguration of Palanpur-Mehsana railway line and laying of ground for bypass road to ease traffic in Ambaji city.
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