Prime Minister Narendra Modi, eyeing the upcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat, has announced a slew of development projects for the state. He has visited his home state four times in the last one month, and the prime minister's personal involvement with the election here is clearly part of the BJP's strategy.
The 182-member Gujarat Assembly's term is due to expire on 22 January, 2018. The Election Commission has not announced poll dates, saying it would bring in the imposition of the Model Code of Conduct, and would disrupt relief operation for flood-hit victims.
But Opposition parties have alleged that the poll panel has given the ruling BJP more time to announce sops.
Here are the some of the key development projects that the central government has launched in Gujarat in the last few weeks.
Ghogha to Dahej Ro-Ro ferry service
On Sunday, Narendra Modi inaugurated the first phase of the roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) ferry service connecting Saurashtra with south Gujarat. Modi termed the ferry service his "dream project". He claimed the project is the first of its kind in South-East Asia.
The first phase of the project connects Ghogha in Bhavnagar district in Saurashtra to Dahej in Bharuch district of south Gujarat.
In the first phase, only passengers can travel on the ferry, while in the second phase, which will start after two months, light vehicles like cars can be ferried. In the third phase, heavy vehicles like trucks can also be taken on the ferry.
Modi said the project will be extended up to Hazira in Surat district, while similar projects will also be launched in the Gulf of Kutch.
Two pipeline projects of HPCL at Vadodara
Modi laid the foundation stone for Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd's MDPL capacity expansion and PVPL extension project at Vadodara. The project would cost Rs 1,879 crore, out of which Rs 1,769 crore will be invested in Gujarat. The project is slated for completion by June 2020.
Eight projects in Vadodara
Modi dedicated a Rs 100 crore city command and control centre in Badamadi Garden, a Rs 125-crore Janmahal city transport hub and multi-level parking (under PPP), a Rs 160 crore multi-modal city transport hub, and Rs 267 crore waste-to-energy processing plant in Vadodara.
The other projects are a Rs 166 crore water treatment plant, two flyovers collectively worth Rs 265 crore, a Rs 55 crore deer safari park, and a Rs 6 crore veterinary hospital.
Ahmedabad-Mumbai high-speed rail network
On 14 September, Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for a proposed Ahmedabad-Mumbai High-Speed Rail Network, commonly known as the Bullet Train. The train, which has a capacity to accommodate 750 people, is expected to reduce travel time between the two cities from seven hours to three hours. A sum of around Rs 1.10 lakh crore will be spent on the project, which is being partially funded by Japan.
Jan Mahal in Vadodara
Modi laid the foundation stone for the integrated transport hub called Jan Mahal across Vadodara railway station. The Jan Mahal, according to The Times of India, will be open for citizens who can use it as a transit for public transport, and will also feature shopping avenues.
Bridge between Okha and Beyt Dwarka
On 7 October, Modi laid the foundation stone of a four-lane cable-stayed bridge between Okha and Beyt Dwarka, and said it was a link between the old and new Dwarka. The 2.32-km bridge, including 900 metres of central double span cable-stayed portion, will be constructed at a cost of Rs 962.43 crore.
Modi said the bridge will benefit the people of Beyt island and Dwarka and its devotees.
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Nov 23, 2017 14:46 PM