The Central government spending Rs 3,960 crore annually on works in the state between 2014 and 2022 has seen a lot of progress in the sector since Narendra Modi became prime minister, according to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday.
The Congress-led UPA government at the centre spent just Rs 590 crore annually on railway works in the state between 2004 and 2009, Shah said after inaugurating and laying the foundations stones of several railway projects in Sabarmati Assembly seat in Ahmedabad, which is part of his Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency.
Since the Modi government was formed at the Centre, Gujarat has seen a lot of progress in the railway sector in a short time. It spent between 2004 and 2009 on railways and spent 590 crore a year in Gujarat. He said that it went from Rs 590 crore to Rs 3,960 crore between 2014 and 2022.
The opposition doesn't look at such data but it's due to this reason that people have been voting for the BJP to power, the Union minister said on the second day of his visit to the state.
Shah opened a 430 metre long passenger platform and ticket booking office at the Chandlodiya railway station in Sabarmati, while a railway underpass between Chandlodiya station and Khodiyar station was commissioned, expected to give relief from traffic jams and provide connectivity.
Shah has also opened a general and air conditioned women's waiting room at Sabarmati railway station and laid foundation stones for four rail underpasses and a foot overbridge.
The Union minister talked about various projects in Ahmedabad and said Prime Minister Modi had done a lot for the development of the city.
I have visited all over the country, but have never seen a riverfront like the one in Ahmedabad. He said that once complete, the Metro Rail network will make commuting easier, because the BRTS Bus Rapid Transit System has not succeeded anywhere else but Ahmedabad.
Shah said that the Centre has always responded immediately and took action on letters written by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel.
He asked people to plant trees and make Gandhinagar a green Lok Sabha area.