PM Narendra Modi (Reuters, file photo)
NEW DELHI: In a first, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off six express trains from Varanasi, Dadar, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Rewa and Chennai stations to Kevadia in Gujarat on Sunday where the Statue of Unity is located. The Ahmedabad-Kevadia Janshatabdi train will also have a vistadome coach, which is specially designed to make train journeys scenic and memorable giving a boost to tourism.
This express train service will provide direct connectivity to tourists visiting the tallest statue of the world, which has become a major attraction. Officials said the direct regular rail service will bring more tourists to the site. The railway ministry has built Kevadia railway station near the Statue of Unity, which will also be inaugurated by the PM on Sunday.
Sources said PM Modi will inaugurate the Dabhoi-Chandod-Kevadia broad gauge rail line and the Pratapnagar-Kevadia newly electrified section on Sunday. Pratapnagar falls in Vadodara district and a regular MEMU service will start in this section. "The main focus of all this connectivity is to attract both local and outside tourists. The government has set the target to make it one of the most attractive tourist hubs," said an official.
Recently, the government had launched a seaplane service from the Statue of Unity in Narmada district to Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad to mark the 145th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
In November, the government had held a two-day all India speakers’ conference in Kevadia. In 2019, the Centre’s first-ever common foundation course Aarambh (Beginning) for 2019 batch probationer civil servants was also held at the Statue of Unity, which was attended by 500 bureaucrats.