Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday performed the Bhoomi Poojan at the of Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II and Surat Metro Rail Project on Monday through video conferencing.
During the ceremony, prime minister Narendra Modi said, "Ahmedabad and Surat are receiving very important gifts today. Metro will further strengthen the connectivity between the two major business centres of the country."
He said, "Investments we have done today will enhance the lives of our countrymen in the times to come."
The prime minister added that with the help of the metro Surat's business opportunities are likely to grow.
Making a comparison between the previous governments and now, Modi said, "Best example to see the difference between the approach of previous governments and the work done by the current government is the expansion of metro rail network across country. Before 2014, only 225 kms of metro line became operational in 10-12 yrs. In last 6 years, over 450 kms of metro network became operational."
Home minister Amit Shah also addressed the gathering and thanked PM Modi for his leadership which led to the setting up of these two new metro phases.
Ahead of the ceremony, the prime minister took to Twitter calling it a 'landmark day'. He said, "Today is a landmark day for two of Gujarat’s leading urban centres. The Bhoomi Poojan of Surat Metro and Phase-2 of the Ahmedabad Metro would take place at 10:30 AM."
The Ahmedabad Metro Phase-II is 28.25 kms long, with two corridors, cost Rs 5.3 crore. One is from Motera Stadium to Mahatma Mandir and the other is from GNLU to GIFT City. The Surat metro project is 40.35 kms long and cost Rs 12 crore. This too has two corridors one is from Sarthana to Dream City and the other from Bhesan to Saroli.
The Prime Minister's Office had said on Saturday said the metro projects will provide an environment-friendly mass rapid transit system to the two cities in Gujarat.
Gujarat governor Acharya Devvrat, Home Minister Amit Shah, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani and Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri attended the meeting.