The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today, visited Ahmedabad and launched various development projects.At Vastral Gam Metro Station in Ahmedabad, the Prime Ministerinaugurated the first phase of Ahmedabad Metro Service. He laid the foundation stone for the second phase of the Ahmedabad Metro. India’s first indigenously developed payment eco-system and automatic fare collection system based on One Nation, One Card Model was also unveiled. He then flagged off the Metro train and took a ride in the metro.The Prime Minister, inaugurated the 1200 bed New Civil Hospital, New Cancer Hospital, Dental Hospital and Eye Hospital in Ahmedabad. He also dedicated to the nation, the Dahod Railway Workshop and Patan-Bindi Railway Lineand laid the foundation stone of Lothal Maritime Museum.Addressing the gathering at the BJ Medical College Ground, the Prime Minister said that it is an historic day, as the dream of Ahmedabad Metro has come into fruition. He said that the metro will provide a convenient and environment friendly mode of transportation for the people in Ahmedabad. Before 2014, there was only 250 km operationalnetwork of metro in the country, while now there is 655 km. PM said.The Prime Minister said that the common mobility card unveiled today, eliminates the need for having multiple cards for travelling in metro and using other means of transportation throughout the country. He said the card would ensure ‘One Nation-One Card’ for mobility. He added that the indigenously built card has removed the previous international dependence on making such cards.
India is one of the few countries in the worldhaving aOne Nation-One Card fortransportation, PM added.Prime Minister also spoke about the various initiatives taken by the State Government and Union government for the development of Gujarat, like water supply schemes, electricity for all, infrastructure development, housing for all and schemes for poor. He also explained in detail the various schemes undertaken for the welfare of Adivasi community in the State.The transformation of the Gujarat in the past couple of decades is due to meticulous planning and hard work of the people in the State, PM said. He added that Gujarat should be taken as a case study on how development should be undertaken. He mentioned that the multitude the infrastructural development projects being implemented in Gujarat will transform the State massively.The Prime Minister said that Lothal Maritime Heritage Complexonce completed, will showcase the maritime strength of ancient India. He said that the museum will have world class facilities and will increase the tourism potential of the State.Stating health as a priority of the Union Government, PM said that the government is building quality health care infrastructure throughout the country, from Wellness Centres to Medical Colleges. He also mentioned about the world classhealth facilities being built throughout Gujarat.He added that once completed, Medicity will cater to around ten thousand patients.Narendra Modi said that the Government is committed towards fighting all the menaces in the country, ranging from corruption to terrorism. He assured the people that strict action will be taken against elements working against the nation. He asked the opposition not to play vote bank politics over the security of the nation.He said that such actions will only demoralize the armed forces and strengthen the enemy.