CM flags off Khel Mahakumbh torch rally from Gandhinagar

Published By : Admin | December 31, 2012 | 15:15 IST
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Khel Mahakumbh: 2012

CM flags off Khel Mahakumbh torch rally from Gandhinagar

Rally to move across the State for 18 days

Swami Vivekananda Yuva Kendra will provide big stimulus to the KMK

21 lakh sportsperson registered

CM flags off Khel Mahakumbh (KMK) torch rally from Gandhinagar today. He expressed resolve to develop sports as an integral part of society rather than a mere competition.

The torch rally will move across Gujarat till next 18 days as a part of preparation of Khel Mahakumbh-2012/13, carrying the message ‘ramshe Gujarat, jitshe Gujarat’.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Modi expressed happiness that a record number of 21 lakh sportspersons has registered their names in about 21 different games in this year’s KMK. “Wining or losing is not important in a game. What is more important is a health atmosphere of sportsman spirit. The Khel Mahakumbh will lift up the sportsman spirit and will boost up the confidence of the players”, the Chief Minister said.

Chief Minister hailed the efforts of the organizers of KMK for making all the arrangements of the event in a short span of a week. He said that earlier the schools, society and people were indifferent to the sports, but the success of Khel Mahakumbh in last two years has changed this atmosphere. A qualitative change can be seen in all the dimensions of sports be it grounds, other sports facilities, policies, skills of the players or capacity building. The post of a sports teacher in the school has earned a new reputation. The sports teachers of the schools are also worthy of praise as they have contributed greatly in the successful organization KMK on such a large scale.

Mr.Modi said that Youth Services and Cultural Activities department was never given such an importance in the past. “But this government has put it in parallel to the departments like Finance, Industries and Agriculture. The state government is taking special interest in encouraging sports among youths”, he said. He also expressed desire to chalk out a sports policy and to start a sports school in every district.

He expressed happiness that a great zeal is seen among differently-abled children for the participation in KMK.

Giving highlights of the state’s current year’s celebration of ‘Yuva-Shakti Varsh’ to commemorate 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda the Chief Minister said that Yuva Kendras have been set up in all the villages and cities of Gujarat which will provide big stimulus to the KMK. He called upon players to take part in KMK with a healthy team spirit and create a positive sporting atmosphere all around.

Sports minister Raman Vora delivered welcome address. He expressed happiness that Gujarat is organizing the huge sporting event for the third consecutive year and that KMK has become a medium for all to sharpen their sporting talent.

Gandhinagar(south) MLA Shambhuji Thakor, Gandhinagar(north) MLA Ashokkumar Patel, GUDA Chairman Ashok Bhavsar, Khadi Gramodhyog Chairman Vadibhai Patel, Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation Mayor Mahendrasinh Rana, Secretary to Youth and Cultural Department Bhagyesh Jha, Director General of Sports Authority of Gujarat Vikas Sahay, dignitaries, noted national and international players, sports enthusiastic and citizens in large number were present on the occasion.

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi flagged off Gandhinagar- Mumbai Vande Bharat Express at Gandhinagar station and travelled on the train from there to Kalupur Railway Station today.

When he arrived at Gandhinagar station, the Prime Minister was accompanied by Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Bhupendra Patel, Governor of Gujarat, Shri Acharya Devvrat, Union Minister of Railways, Shri Ashvini Vaishnav, and Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri. The Prime Minister inspected the train coaches of the Vande Bharat Express 2.0 and took stock of the onboard facilities. Shri Modi also inspected the control centre of the locomotive engine of Vande Bharat Express 2.0.

The Prime Minister then flagged off the new & upgraded version of Vande Bharat Express between Gandhinagar and Mumbai and travelled on the train from there to Kalupur Railway Station. The Prime Minister also interacted with his co-passengers including those from the family members of Railways staff, women entrepreneurs and researchers and youngsters. He also interacted with workers, engineers and other staff who toiled to make Vande Bharat trains a shining success.

Vande Bharat Express 2.0 between Gandhinagar and Mumbai is going to be a game changer and will boost connectivity between the two business hubs of India. It will enable business owners from Gujarat to travel to Mumbai and vice versa without bearing the brunt of high-cost airline tickets while availing facilities that are available on air. One-way travel time of Vande Bharat Express 2.0 from Gandhinagar to Mumbai is estimated at around 6-7 hours.

The Vande Bharat Express 2.0 offers a myriad of superior and aircraft-like travelling experiences. It is equipped with advanced state-of-the-art safety features including an indigenously developed Train Collision Avoidance System - KAVACH.

Vande Bharat 2.0 will be equipped with more advancements and improved features such as reaching the speed of 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in just 52 seconds, and a maximum speed up to 180 kilometres per hour. The improved Vande Bharat Express will weigh 392 tons when compared to the previous version of 430 tons. It will also have a Wi-Fi content on-demand facility. Every coach is equipped with 32” screens providing passenger information and infotainment compared to 24” in the previous version. Vande Bharat Express is also going to be environment friendly as the ACs will be 15 per cent more energy efficient. With dust-free clean air cooling of the traction motor, the travel will become more comfortable. Side recliner seat facility which was provided only to Executive Class passengers earlier will now be made available for all classes. Executive Coaches have the added feature of 180-degree rotating seats

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