09 January, Gandhinagar
Prime minister Narendra Modi formally inaugurated the Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade show at Gandhinagar Monday. More than 1500 representatives of about 80 countries in the world have participated in the trade show.
Spread over the area of 1.25 lakh square metres, the trade show has different pavilions of various sectors like automotive, pharmaceutical, agro, bio technology food and among others.
This year special emphasis has been on start ups, women entrepreneurs and MSME sector. More than 20 lakh people are expected to visit the trade show.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid foundation stone of redevelopment of Gandhinagar Railway station this afternoon. Gandhinagar Railway station will be developed as a modern hub at the cost of about 250 crore rupees.
According to Railway sources, the redeveloped Gandhinagar railway station will be India’s first railway station with all amenities at par with modern airports.
One stand-out feature of this redevelopment project would be the construction of a 5-star hotel on top of the Railway station. This hotel would have around 300 rooms to cater the future requirements of delegates and tourists visiting for various summits.
Gandhinagar Capital Railway station will be redeveloped through Special purpose Vehicle SPV between the Gujarat state government and Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Ltd (IRSDC). The proposed name of the SPV is Gandhinagar Railway and Development Corporation Ltd (GARUD).
The state government will hold the majority share with 74 percent, while Ministry of Railways will hold 26 percent. Our Ahmedabad correspondent reports that the project will be completed within two years. The plan is to redevelop the station in 1 year and then build the hotel in another 1 year.
The new redeveloped Gandhinagar Railway station will have two subways, dedicated transit hall for passengers with around 604 seats, the transit area with food stalls, toilets, kiosks, book stalls and shops.