The railway projects the PM will inaugurate include the newly redeveloped Gandhinagar Capital railway station, the gauge converted and electrified Mehsana–Varetha line, and the newly electrified Surendranagar–Pipavav section. The PM will also flag off two new trains — the Gandhinagar Capital–Varanasi Superfast Weekly Express and MEMU service trains between Gandhinagar Capital and Varetha.
S S Rathore, chairman, Gandhinagar Railway and Urban Development (GARUD) project said the refurbished railway station sports the look of a modern airport. The railway station, located a few steps away from the Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Centre, has been designed with green building features. Special care has been taken to make it a ‘Divyang-friendly’ station, with special ticket counter, ramps, lifts and dedicated parking spaces.
The station also features a 40-seater airconditioned waiting lounge and an art gallery with an LED wall display lounge. There are separate entry and exit gates surrounded by a landscaped area.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also inaugurate an aquatic gallery, robotics gallery and the nature park at Science City, Ahmedabad. The aquatic gallery, spread over 15,000 square metres will be the largest aquarium in India. It has 68 tanks showcasing 188 marine species including penguins. A key attraction is a 28-metre unique walkway tunnel. The aquatic gallery has been developed in collaboration with Marine Scape Eo-Aquarium, New Zealand.
The PM will also inaugurate the robotics gallery that takes visitors through the evolution of robots from early versions to present-day humanized and space robots. It is an interactive gallery that showcases the pioneers of robotics technology and will provide a platform for visitors to explore the ever-evolving field of robotics. At the entrance is a huge replica of a transformer robot. A unique attraction is the welcoming humanoid robot that communicates with visitors expressing emotions such as joy, surprise and excitement.
The nature park has many features such as a fog garden, a chess garden, selfie points, a sculpture park and an open labyrinth. It includes an interesting labyrinth designed for children.