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Narendra Modi Arrives In Gujarat For Two-Day Visit:- Less than a month after inaugurating the ambitious Sardar Sarovar Narmada Project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in his poll-bound home state Gujarat for a two day visit.
Modi started the tour with prayers at the Dwarkadheesh Temple in the historic Dwarka town. He is expected to address as many as six public meetings launching various schemes and projects at five places in three regions of the state, during his whirlwind tour. Also, he would lay the foundation stone of a sea-link bridge between coastal town of Okha and Bet Dwarka Island, following his prayers at Dwarkadheesh.
Bet Dwarka, located about a couple of kilometres away from the temple, is visited by thousands of pilgrims coming to this temple town of Lord Krishna. The pilgrims currently cross the sea in boats operated by private operators and Gujarat Maritime Board. Both the pilgrim centres would be connected by the new bridge by road. Modi will also address a public meeting here.
Next, he would lay foundation stone of a Rs 2,500-crore Rajkot International Airport. The airport is located on the outskirts of biggest city in Saurashtra. A public rally at the pilgrim town of Chotila in Surendranagar district, just an hour’s drive from Rajkot, would also be addressed by Modi.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who toured the Saurashtra region for a three-day campaign, less than a fortnight ago, also started his visit with prayers at the Dwarkadheesh temple and subsequently paid salutations to the local deity in Chotila. The new building of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) near Gandhinagar would be inaugurated by Modi.
To inaugurate a Rs 500-crore civil hospital and a medical college, Modi will visit his birthtown Vadnagar in North Gujarat, on Sunday. Here, he will dedicate the re-developed Sharmistha Lake to the people and inaugurate other public works, including the facelift of the Vadnagar railway station, where he once sold tea as a school boy.
To welcome the son of the soil, the town has been decked up. Modi would pass by his school and also the old railway station. The old railway station is the place where his father’s tea stall was located. Depicting his journey from Vadnagar to Varanasi, massive hoardings have been put up along the route. Some of them have a sketch of Modi as a school boy. Several achievements of Modi’s three-year rule at the Centre are also highlighted in the hoardings.
The foundation stone of the Rs 1,200-crore Devi Ni Mori International Buddhist complex near Shamlaji in Aravalli district, also in North Gujarat, will also be laid by Modi. And before flying off to New Delhi from Vadodara, the foundation stone for Rs 3,000-crore Bhadbhut barrage project over river Narmada, as well as a Rs 650-crore Dahej-Ghogha Ro-Ro ferry service near Bharuch in South Gujarat would be laid by Modi.