Gujarat's Vadnagar will have a new tourist spot: The tea stall where Narendra Modi worked

Ahmedabad: The tea stall in Gujarat's Vadnagar where Prime Minister Narendra Modi once sold tea during his childhood is all set to become a tourist spot with the Centre deciding to give it a face-lift.

The stall is located on one of the platforms of the Vadnagar Railway station.

In this photograph taken on March 20, 2014, the former 'tea stall' of Damodardas Mulchand Modi, father of the Gujarat chief minister and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) prime ministeral candidate, Narendra Modi, where Modi assisted his father in his spare time, is pictured at the railway station of Vadnagar town, some 110 kms from Ahmedabad. To supporters in his thriving west coast fiefdom, Narendra Modi is the inspiration behind an economic success story that India has a chance to emulate if as expected he becomes prime minister.  But ahead of elections beginning on April 7, sceptics accuse Modi of claiming credit for an "illusion" in Gujarat that has mainly benefited big business and will be hard to replicate on a national scale.  AFP PHOTO / Sam PANTHAKY        (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

File image of the tea stall in Vadnagar railway station where Narendra Modi assisted his father. Getty Images 

Converting the stall into a tourist spot is part of a larger project of putting Modi's birthplace Vadnagar in Mehsana district of Gujarat on the world tourism map.

Officials of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) visited the town on Sunday.

The team of officials was led by Union culture minister Mahesh Sharma, who later announced that the original charm of the tea stall will be preserved while giving it a modern touch.

"Apart from being the birthplace of our prime minister, Vadnagar is an important historical place having the famous Sharmishta Lake and a step-well. ASI had recently found remains of a Buddhist monastery during excavation, which is still going on," Sharma told reporters at Gandhinagar on Sunday.

Ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Modi had often mentioned that he used to sell tea during his childhood at the Vadnagar railway station along with his father.

Earlier, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Ahmedabad division Dinesh Kumar had said the entire project of developing Vadnagar and adjoining places in Mehsana district would cost over Rs 100 crore.

"The development of the Vadnagar railway station is one of the components of the Rs 100 crore project to develop Vadnagar, Modhera and Patan as tourist destinations. As of now, the ministry of tourism has given Rs 8 crore to the state tourism department to develop the railway station," Kumar had said.

Updated Date: Jul 03, 2017 19:39 PM

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