Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of projects worth ₹3400 crores in Surat. The PM inaugurated Phase-I of road infrastructure works and the main entrance of Diamond Research and Mercantile (DREAM) City. He also laid the foundation stone of Phase II of the project.
Biodiversity Park, which is being built in an area of over 87 hectares from Dr Hedgewar Bridge to Bhimrad-Bamrolli Bridge and Khoj Museum at the Science Centre in Surat–were also inaugurated.
PM Modi said “There will not be any region of India whose people do not live on the land of Surat- a kind of Mini Hindustan. Surat is a wonderful example of both people’s solidarity and public participation. Surat is an example of four Ps–People, Public, Private partnership. This model makes Surat special.”
Underlining the infrastructure development in the city, the PM said that the road connectivity from the city to the airport reflects the culture, prosperity and modernity of Surat. The Prime Minister was quick to remark on the former Congress Government in Delhi who didn’t pay much heed to the need for an airport in the city. He recalled a similar situation that arose when the approval for Surat metro was required.
The Prime Minister said that work is underway on a huge project on multi-modal connectivity. Hazira Ghogha RoPax ferry service is saving both time and money by reducing 400 km road distance dramatically from 10-12 hours to 3-4 hours via RoPax. He said, “Today 25 charging stations have been inaugurated in Surat city and the foundation stone of the same number of stations has been laid. This is a big step towards setting up 500 charging stations in Surat in the near future.”