New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate multiple Railway projects and 3-new attractions at Science city Ahmedabad on July 16. The projects include the newly redeveloped Gandhinagar Capital Railway station, gauge-converted cum electrified Mahesana – Varetha line, and the newly electrified Surendranagar – Pipavav section. The Prime Minister will also flag off two new trains i.e Gandhinagar Capital – Varanasi Superfast Weekly Express and MEMU service trains between Gandhinagar Capital and Varetha.
Aerial view of newly redeveloped Gandhinagar Capital Railway station
The Chairman of Gnadhinagar Railway and Urban Development (GARUD) project SS Rathore shared details about the refurbished railway station, which looks like a modern airport. The railway station located few steps away from the Mahatma Mandir Conventional and Exhibition Centre is designed and provided with green building features. Special care has been taken to make it Divyang-friendly by providing it with a special ticket counter, ramps, lifts, dedicated parking spaces.
The station also features a 40-seater centralised AC waiting lounge and an art gallery with an LED wall display lounge. There are separate entry and exit gates surrounded by landscaped area.
Mehsana –Veretha Line and Vadnagar Railway Station
The Mehsana - Veretha meter gauge line has been converted into an electrified broad gauge line at a total project cost of Rs 367 crore (Rs 293 crore for guage conversion and Rs 74 crore for electrification). The Vadnagar railway station which is part of the Vadnagar – Modhera - Patan heritage circuit has been redesigned by Indian Tourism giving it a heritage look with aesthetic stone carvings.
Attractions at Ahmedabad Science City
Prime Minister will also inaugurate an aquatic gallery, robotic gallery and the nature park in Ahmedabad. The Aquatic gallery spread over an area of 15,000 square metres will be the largest aquarium in India. It has 68 tanks showcasing 188 marine species, including Penguins. A key attraction of the aquatic gallery is a 28-metre-long unique walkway tunnel. The aquatic gallery has been developed in collaboration with Marine Scape Eo-aquarium, New Zealand.
Prime Minister will also inaugurate a Robotic gallery that takes visitors through the history of evaluation of robots from the early version of present they humanized and space robots. Robotics Gallery is an interactive gallery that showcases the pioneers of robotics technology and will provide a platform for visitors to explore the ever-evolving field of robotics. At the entrance is a huge replica of the Transformer robot. The unique attraction of the gallery is the welcoming humanoid robot that communicates with visitors expressing emotions such as joy, surprise and excitement.
Nature Park has many beautiful features like a fog garden, chess garden, selfie points, sculpture park and open labyrinth (maze). It includes an interesting labyrinth designed for children.
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