Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today laid the foundation of the over Rs 470-crore gauge conversion project on Ahmedabad-Mehsana line.
The gauge conversion will result in faster connectivity between Delhi and Ahmedabad, Prabhu said after laying the foundation through video-conferencing from Rail Bhawan here.
An allotment of Rs 100 crore has been made for gauge conversion on the 70-km Ahmedabad-Mehsana line, he said.
"Gujarat plays an important role in terms of railway traffic due to strategic location of ports like Kandla," Prabhu said, adding railways has given an increased outlay for Gujarat in the last two years.
He said the railways target is to spend Rs 1,21,000 crore in the current fiscal which is more than annual allotments during UPA government.
He said the public transporter plans to raise more money from other sources as well as there is still a gap between the demand and services being offered.
"Keeping in mind the future requirement and the need for improvement in the current infrastructure, we are trying to get money through other sources as well," he said.
Prabhu said the demand for railway services is going to increase with more and more people choosing this medium for travelling as well as due to higher cargo demand on account of economic growth.
Advani, who is an MP from Gujarat, appreciated the advancement of technology through which one can witness the stone laying ceremony even from a far away place.
"I thank Prabhu for inviting me... I have never been to Railway Ministry before this," he said.
SOURCE - indiatoday