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PM Modi to inaugurate redeveloped Gandinagar railway station on Friday

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PM Modi will also flag off two new trains from the station, apart from inaugurating a host of other railway infrastructure projects in the state through video conferencing

Gandhinagar: (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate the India’s first redeveloped railway station at Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar on Friday. The redeveloped railway station hosts a number of world-class facilities including the first-of-its-kind 5-star hotel built over the railway tracks, officials said here on Wednesday.

“Gujarat capital, Gandhinagar has the country’s first redeveloped railway station. The station has been developed with a vision to complement the adjoining Mahatma Mandir Convention Centre (MMCC), which has become a preferred destination for conferences, exhibitions and events,” said Managing Director and CEO of Indian Railways Station Development Corporation (IRSDC), SK Lohia.

The redeveloped railway station hosts world-class facilities and atop it, a 5-star hotel has been built over running live railway tracks. “What was missing in Gandhinagar, was a suitable accommodation for stay within walking distance of the MMCC. It is for the first time in the country that a hotel like this has been built over running live railway tracks,” added Lohia.

According to the company statement, the redevelopment works of the railway station has been carried out at a cost of Rs 71.50 crore by a Special Purpose Vehicle called Gandhinagar Railway and Urban Development Corporation Ltd (GARUD), a joint venture company of Gujarat government and IRSDCL, Western Railway.

“The central government took up the station redevelopment as its priority agenda, intending to boost the economy of the cities where such stations are being redeveloped,” said Lohia.

The Gandhinagar railway station has been developed with world class amenities at par with modern airports for a pleasurable experience of passengers, said an official of the Western Railways.

“There is an interfaith prayer hall, maybe first such thing in any railway station anywhere. Besides that there is an art gallery with LED wall display lounge, a baby feeding room, a centralised AC waiting hall, double height entrance lobby with spacious ticketing facility. The station is Divyang friendly,” added Lohia.

“The most unique feature of this station is a column-free, sleek and economical space frame of 105 meter span (curbed arch) and 90 meter horizontal, which is the longest on any station of the Indian Railways. We have three platforms at present and a scope of further two,” added Lohia.

The station has a centralized AC multipurpose waiting lounge with a capacity to seat 40 people. “This space can also be rented out to host functions like exhibitions, social functions among others, during the timings when there is no train movement. This could earn the railways some money too,” added Lohia.

PM Modi will also flag off two new trains from the station, one between Gandhinagar Capital and Varanasi, and a MEMU train, apart from inaugurating a host of other railway infrastructure projects in the state through video conferencing on Friday, officials said.

Apart from redeveloped Gandhinagar Capital railway station, Modi will also inaugurate and dedicate to the nation Gauge Converted cum Electrified Mahesana-Varetha line and the newly electrified Surendranagar-Pipavav section, and will flag off two new trains, a weekly Gandhinagar Capital-Varanasi Superfast Express and a MEMU service trains between Gandhinagar Capital and Varetha.

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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