PM Modi stresses on early completion of Mumbai-Ahmedabad

“Our government is committed to making railways safe and modern,” PM Modi said. (file)

Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stressed on early completion of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project and said his government’s focus is on creating 21st century infrastructure in the financial capital.

He said the ambitious project (also known as the bullet train) was the need of the hour, as it would strengthen infrastructure capacity building and strengthen Mumbai’s identity as the “city of dreams”.

The Prime Minister was speaking after virtually inaugurating two additional railway lines (5th and 6th) connecting Thane and Diva in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. He also flagged off two suburban trains.

He said that completing the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed ​​Rail project should be everyone’s priority.

The estimated cost of the 508 km high-speed corridor is Rs 1,10,000 crore and the project being executed with Japanese assistance is facing land acquisition issues.

He said that the contribution of Mumbai in the development of the country after independence was very important.

“Now the effort is to upgrade Mumbai’s potential to create an self-reliant India. Therefore, our focus is on developing 21st century infrastructure in Mumbai,” Modi said.

He said the new railway lines between Thane and Diva will improve the ‘ease of living’ for Mumbaikars and give a fillip to life in a city that never stops.

The PM said 36 new suburban trains starting Friday on the Central Railway line were air-conditioned.

The Prime Minister said, “The central government is committed to modernize the suburban railway network (called the lifeline of Mumbai).”

He said that the foundation stone for the 5th and 6th lines was laid in 2008 and they were to be completed by 2015, but they faced some challenges.

PM Modi said that all the challenges were overcome and the hurdles in expediting their construction were removed.

“Our government is committed to make railways safe and modern,” he said.

“Infrastructure projects used to drag on earlier due to lack of coordination in planning and implementation but we have changed that approach,” PM Modi said.

PM Modi said that after the commissioning of 5th and 6th lines, there will be no delay in passing of mail and express trains going in and out of Mumbai and the additional tracks will also help in smooth running of suburban services.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who virtually attended the program, said that infrastructure has acted as a vein in the development of the country and it needs to be strengthened.

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