Narendra Modi announces constitution of MATA, a multi-modal authority, for integrated transport management of sky, land & water routes

Ahmedabad, Thursday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today announced setting up a Multi-Modal Affordable Transport Authority (MATA) for integrated transport management, coordinating travel on all the three horizons – sky, land and water routes.

Inaugurating a three-day ‘Asia BRTS Conference’ here, he said that it was for the first time that Ahmedabad hosted this conference of management experts from Asia, Latin America and Africa, keeping Ahmedabad’s best practices of Janmarg Limited BRTS model in view. In this system, he said, Gujarat has succeeded where Delhi has failed.

He said that Gujarat would not sit back after extending BRTS to Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara and other municipal corporation areas, but would embark upon all round urban development of roads, transport, gas-grid and broadband connectivity. He cited 108 Emergency System, Jyoti Gram Yojna and pro-poor Awas Yojna as other welfare schemes undertaken in Gujarat, neglected by the state’s rulers of during the preceding 40 years due to their lack of farsightedness and intellectual poverty.

Talking about world-class cities being developed along Gujarat’s 1,600-km long coastline, he said, developing a multi-modal transportation system is essential for safe and fast waterways, Ghogha-Dahej roll-on-roll-off service, besides using the 468-km long Narmada Main Canal for waterway transport. Water buses have already been started in River Ahmedabad for tourists. Metrolink express between Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad for connecting the twin cities is on the anvil. Indo-Japanese partnership for Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) is progressing.

Mr.Modi said that fast growing urban population worldwide with corresponding rise in vehicles, mobility and incidence of accidents vis-à-vis fast depleting fossil fuels and has put pressure on urban transport system, particularly in developing country. There are many cities in India which takes 45-60 minutes to travel within the city, while Ahmedabad and Surat are fortunate with average travel time of 20 minutes.

Gujarat’s Urban Development and Urban Housing Principal Secretary I.P. Gautam and Ahmedabad’s Municipal Commissioner Guruprasad Mahapatra spoke about Ahemdabad’s experiments with BRTS. CEPT University’s Centre for Excellence in Urban Development H.M. Shivanand Swamy proposes a vote of thanks.

The conference is being attended by functionaries from USA, Philippines, Taiwan, Singapor, South Korea, Ecuador, Indonesia, Nigeria, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan, besides officers from New Delhi, Hubli, Indore, Bangalore, Jaipur, Shimla, Surat, Rajkot and Vadodara.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi engaged in a unique interaction with India's top gamers, immersing himself in the world of PC and VR gaming. During the session, Prime Minister Modi actively participated in gaming sessions, showcasing his enthusiasm for the rapidly evolving gaming industry.

The event brought together people from the gaming community including @gcttirth (Tirth Mehta), @PAYALGAMING (Payal Dhare), @8bitthug (Animesh Agarwal), @GamerFleet (Anshu Bisht), @MortaLyt (Naman Mathur), @Mythpat (Mithilesh Patankar), and @SkRossi (Ganesh Gangadhar).

Prime Minister Modi delved into mobile, PC, and VR gaming experiences, leaving the young gamers astounded by his quick grasp of game controls and objectives. Impressed by PM Modi’s gaming skills, the gaming community also gave him the ‘NaMo OP’ badge.

What made the entire interaction even more interesting was PM Modi's eagerness to learn trending gaming lingos like ‘grind’, ‘AFK’ and more. He even shared one of his lingos of ‘P2G2’ which means ‘Pro People Good Governance.’

The event served as a platform for a vibrant exchange of ideas, with discussions ranging from the youngsters’ unique personal journeys that led them to fame in this growing field of gaming, to the latest developments in the gaming sector.

Among the key topics explored was the distinction between gambling and gaming, highlighting the importance of responsible gaming practices while fostering a supportive environment for the gaming community. Additionally, the participants delved into the crucial issue of enhancing women's participation in the gaming industry, underscoring the need for inclusivity and diversity to drive the sector forward.

PM Modi also spoke about the potential for not just esports and gaming content creation, but also game development itself which is centred around India and its values. He discussed the potential of bringing to life ancient Indian games in a digital format, that too with open-source script so that youngsters all over the country can make their additions to it.