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Centre clears proposal to allocate Railways’ spare-land for Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project

The Central Government has given a green-signal to the proposal to allocate unused land of Botad-Sabarmati meter gauge line in Ahmedabad for city’s Metro Rail Project.

Spokespersons of the Government Mr. Nitinbhai Patel (Health Minister) and Mr. Saurabhbhai Patel (Finance Minister) said earlier during the regime of UPA government then chief minister Mr. Narandra Modi had repeatedly demanded to allocate unused land of Sabarmati-Botad meter gauge line for Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project. In addition, then state Urban Development Minister Mr. Nitinbhai Patel had also written the letter to the Center to consider and to take the proper decision on demand made by Gujarat Government.

Considering the importance of Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project and long pending demands before the Central Government, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has adopted proactive approach and directed the Rail Administration to solve the problems without delay.

For this, Gujarat Chief Minister Mrs. Anandiben Patel expressed her gratitude on behalf of people of the state towards the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and his Government at Center.

Earlier on October 18, the Union Cabinet had sanctioned Rs. 10,773-Cr for 36 Km. long phase-1 route of the Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project. And now the approval of allocating unused land of Railways will expedite the Metro Rail Project, she added.

The duo ministers said that during her recent visit to New Delhi in August last, the Chief Minister had made deliberation on the issue with the Railway Minister and Chief of Railway Board. And a successful outcome of this deliberation has cleared the permission to make as many as seven stations between Vejalpur and Nava Vadaj areas of the Ahmedabad city.

The duo ministers said, in the backdrop of the deliberation meeting held recently between Mrs. Patel and Railway Board’s Chairman Mr. Hemant Kumar in Gandhinagar, the meeting conducted between Vice-Chairman and managing director of the Metro Rail Project and high-ranked technical officials of the Western Railways have taken few important decisions.

These Important decisions included in principle clearance for constructing pillars, wherever essential within the railway territory between Vejalpur-Jivraj Park-Vadal, for elevated corridors and seven stations for the Metro.

These stations can be constructed on the lands of Railways but the railway authorities would consider to grant permission for them only if their designs are as such that any of the pillar is not making any obstructions. In the cases of encroachment, the Railway Authority, with the help from the State Government, would try to resolve the issue to use the land for the Metro Project.

The spokespersons said, the Metro project would facilitate to the commuters and the problems of burden of the vehicular traffic on the roads would be eased.

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