Ahmedabad: Vadnagar railway station, almost 95 km from Ahmedabad, will soon get a Rs 8 crore facelift. This was recently announced by Union minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha.
Incidentally, it is at this railway station that Prime Minister Narendra Modi claims he had sold tea as a boy at his father’s tea stall.
Giving details about the facelift project, divisional railway manager (DRM) Dinesh Kumar said that the entire project of developing Vadnagar and adjoining places in Mehsana district will cost over Rs100 crore.
Kumar said that the station was to undergo development also as it falls on the Mehsana-Taranga hill railway line which is undergoing gauge conversion. The gauge conversion from meter gauge to broad gauge will be completed by the end of this year.
“Since the entire heritage circuit was being handled by Gujarat tourism, we have handed over the railway station to the tourism department,” Kumar said. “They will prepare the design and get it approved by the railways before implementing it.”
Out of the Rs 100 crore that the facelift will cost, Rs 8 crore will be spent on the railway station by the state tourism department.
N Srivastava, commissioner of tourism and managing director, Gujarat tourism, said that the redeveloped Vadnagar station will reflect the ancient town’s history from 150 AD to the present. The station will be part of the Patan-Modhera-Vadnagar heritage circuit.
Srivastava said that the Vadnagar station was currently a small station with a tin shade. Hence it needed urgent attention looking at the heritage value of Vadnagar town, Srivastava said.
Officials from Gujarat tourism said that in future there is a possibility that the Vadnagar station may get additional connectivity once the broad gauge was completed.
“An additional line can be constructed from Vadnagar which would connect the town to Idar and then join up with the Ahmedabad-Udaipur broad guage,” an official said.