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"Shri Narendra Modi joins Ashadhi Bij celebrations at Parab Dham, Junagadh"
"Shri Modi wishes Kutchi brothers and sisters on the occasion of Ashadhi Bij"
"CM lauds the contribution of Saints and Seers in serving society"
"One must come to Parab Dham to see what Saints are doing: Shri Modi"
"Saints and Seers running schools, hospitals and working among the tribal communities from Umargam to Ambaji. Saints have performed immense service in the field of women empowerment: Shri Modi"
"Whenever there have been natural disasters, the Saints have rushed there to serve the people. I observed the same in Uttarakhand recently: CM"
"Narendra Modi is the Ratna of Gujarat: Most revered Karsandas Bapu of Parab Dham"

On Wednesday 10th July 2013 Shri Narendra Modi joined Ashadhi Bij celebrations at Parab Dham in Junagadh. He wished the Kutchi community all over the world on the start of their New Year. In his speech, Shri Narendra Modi lauded the contribution of Saints and Seers towards social work and in preserving our glorious culture and heritage for years. He pointed, “An image has been created among the people, especially when we were colonized…and it did not get repaired after Independence too…an image that our Saints do not do anything good for society. Even today this lies is active among certain sections of society. But, I tell everyone to visit Parab Dham to see what Saints are doing!”

Shri Modi spoke at length about how Saints and Seers have made an invaluable contribution to society. He talked about how Saints and Seers worked among leprosy patients when it was feared that the disease is contagious. He recalled that Mahatma Gandhi spent a day in the week to work among leprosy patients. Remembering an anecdote on Mahatma Gandhi, Shri Modi said, “Once some people came to Mahatma Gandhi and asked him to inaugurate a hospital for leprosy patients. Mahatma Gandhi said he cannot come for the inauguration but he told them to come to him when these hospitals have to be locked. What Mahatma Gandhi said was totally correct.” He added that Mahatma Gandhi did not have the honour of attending a ceremony to lock these hospitals but due to the work of Saints and Seers influenced by him, leprosy has dropped drastically in Gujarat.

The Chief Minister spoke about the excellent work of Saints and Seers in running schools, hospitals and working among the tribal communities from Umargam to Ambaji. He added that Saints have performed immense service in the field of women empowerment. Shri Modi shared that in Saurashtra especially where every 25-30 km one would fine an Ashram or a Seer serving people, there is no chance of anyone going hungry.

Talking about Gujarat, Shri Modi affirmed that whenever there have been natural disasters, the Saints have rushed there to serve the people. He said that he observed the same in Uttarakhand recently. Shri Modi gave an example of a social organisation in Tamil Nadu that did a display on the work done by the Saints, which brought out their noble acts of service for society.

He congratulated the Saints at Parab Dham for the cleanliness and affirmed that this is something that everyone can learn from Parab Dham. He declared that in a time when our colonizers tried to ensure that we get away from our culture and heritage, it was our Saints who kept this glory alive among the people.

Most revered Karsandas Bapu of Parab Dham described Shri Modi as the ‘Ratna of Gujarat’ and expressed a desire that next year Shri Modi comes to Parab Dham, he does not come as the Chief Minister of Gujarat but as a national leader serving the of India. Present on the occasion were Minister of State Shri Govind Patel, former Ministers Shri Kanubhai and Smt. Jasuben Korat, MLAs Shri Mahendra Mashru, Shri Jayesh Radadiya, Shri Nalin Kotadiya, Shri JD Solanki among other dignitaries.

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PM flags off Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project
September 30, 2022
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PM takes a ride in Ahmedabad Metro

The Prime Minister flagged off the Ahmedabad Metro Rail project and took a metro ride from Kalupur station to Doordarshan Kendra metro station today.

On the second day of his Gujarat visit, the Prime Minister waved the green flag for the Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project. The Prime Minister arrived at Kalupur Station after taking a ride in the brand new Vande Bharat Express 2.0 from Gandhinagar Station. The Prime Minister also witnessed a Metro Rail exhibition that was put up on the occasion.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendra Patel, Governor of Gujarat, Shri Acharya Devvrat, and Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri.

During the ride in the Metro, the Prime Minister travelled with students, sportspersons and common commuters. He interacted with them. Many of them took his autograph.

The Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project is a monumental boost to multimodal infrastructure connectivity. Phase-I of the Ahmedabad Metro project comprises about 32 km of the East-West corridor from Apparel Park to Thaltej and the North-South corridor between Motera to Gyaspur. The Thaltej-Vastral route in the East-West corridor has 17 stations. This corridor also has a 6.6 km underground section with four stations. The 19 km North-South corridor that connects Gyaspur to Motera Stadium has 15 stations. The entire Phase 1 project is built at a cost of more than ₹12,900 crores.

Ahmedabad Metro is a massive state of art infrastructure project involving underground tunnels, viaducts & bridges, elevated and underground station buildings, ballastless rail tracks and driverless train operation compliant rolling stock etc. The metro train set is equipped with an energy-efficient propulsion system which can save about 30-35% of energy consumption. The train has a state of art suspension system providing a very smooth riding experience to passengers.