PM Modi flags off 8 trains to boost connectivity to Statue of Unity

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By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 17, 2021 1:27:50 pm

PM Modi flags off 8 trains to boost connectivity to Statue of UnityThe newly inaugurated train service from Ahmedabad to Kevadia. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday virtually flagged off eight trains connecting different parts of the country to Kevadia in Gujarat.

The trains will connect Kevadia to Varanasi, Dadar, Ahmedabad, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Rewa, Chennai and Pratpnagar.

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Modi said these trains will help boost tourism in the tribal region and increase connectivity to Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue, which he inaugurated in October 2018 on the occasion of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s 143rd birth anniversary.

One of the eight trains, the Ahmedabad-Kevadia Jan Shatabdi Express, has been equipped with the ‘Vista-dome tourist coach’ which offers large viewing areas with rooftop glasses and seats for passengers.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated the DabhoiChandod converted broad gauge railway line, ChandodKevadia new broad gauge rail line, newly electrified PratapnagarKevadia section and the new station buildings of Dabhoi, Chandod and Kevadia.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath joined the event via video link.

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