Railway stations must step up from being modes of transport to turning into hubs of financial actions stated Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He stated this whereas inaugurating a number of key initiatives of the Railways in Gujarat via video convention.

Modi inaugurated the redeveloped Gandhinagar Capital Railway Station on Friday. The new Railway initiatives that had been inaugurated embrace the gauge transformed cum electrified Mahesana–Varetha line, and the newly electrified Surendranagar – Pipavav part. This part will likely be built-in with the Dedicated Freight Corridors and is supplied to deal with double-stack containers.

He additionally flagged off two new trains, the Gandhinagar Capital – Varanasi Superfast Express and MEMU service trains between Gandhinagar Capital and Varetha. Non railway initiatives that had been inaugurated had been the Aquatics and Robotics Gallery, and Nature Park in Gujarat Science City.

Commenting on the scope of railway stations, Modi stated, “The location of railway stations at the heart of the cities makes them prime properties. They can develop into centres of economic activity in the city. Similar to an airport, the development of railway stations on the public-private model is a direction we are moving ahead in.”

Railway station modernisation has been a precedence for the Centre. According to an official assertion, work on the redevelopment of 125 stations is at the moment underway. The complete funding for these initiatives together with actual property improvement is greater than Rs 50,000 crore.

“Safety, cleanliness, and speed of Indian Railways has increased with infrastructure modernisation and the introduction of new modern trains. Multiple efforts are being made to increase the speed of trains. As the dedicated freight corridors near completion, the speed of trains would increase in the coming days,” Modi stated,

Highlighting the significance of asset maximisation, Modi stated, “There is a need for horizontal expansion of the Indian Railways. In addition to this, capacity and resource building, for better services, through vertical expansion is also necessary.”

“The development of a grand hotel on the Gandhinagar Railway station is the sign of a positive change…This one-of-a-kind project has resulted in doubling the utilisation of railway land by having a station and a hotel on the same plot,” he added.

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