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New Delhi : Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the new 4-lane Thaltej-Shilaj-Rancharda railway overbridge, built at a cost of Rs 55 crore, in Ahmedabad city of Gujarat through video conferencing from New Delhi on January 21, 2021. Several dignitaries including Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel were present at the programme.

Shah, in his address on the occasion, said that after becoming Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has started a campaign to address the problems faced in the country in basic utilities. There was a big problem of traffic on more than one lakh railway crossings in the country. Railway gates would open and close more than a 100 times a day due to which the costly fuel and precious time was wasted.

In view of this, PM Modi decided and under the leadership of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, a huge campaign was started in which the work of constructing overbridges or underbridges at these one lakh railway crossings was started. Today, this overbridge has been inaugurated under the same scheme. Shah said, ” I want to congratulate all the voters of Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency that today the Government of India and the Government of Gujarat have done the work to overcome a huge bottleneck on the path of development.”

The Union Home Minister said the Railways are working to eliminate all unmanned gates under which by 2022 there will be almost no unmanned gates in the country, which will reduce accidents. Giving comparative figures of the newly constructed overbridges, Shah said that from 2009 to 2014, about 900 unmanned crossings had been completed while from 2014 to 2020, about 3,584 unmanned crossings were covered. About 3.5 times more work has been done and till now more than 8,900 overbridges and underbridges have been almost completed, he added, according to a PIB release.

Shah said that even after 70 years of Independence, there were more than 20,000 villages which did not have electric supply; within two years, PM Modi completed the task of providing electricity to all villages in India by 2017. ” There were 60 crore people who did not have a single bank account in their family. Today I can say with pride that PM Modi has done the task of providing at least one bank account to all families. A population of about 30 crore and more than 10 crore families had a housing problem. Today, with the kind of housing project work that is going on in rural and urban areas, I can say with full confidence that by August 15, 2022, the Modi Government can arrange to give houses to all the citizens of the country.”

The Union Home Minister said that if somebody falls  sick in a poor family, how to afford expensive treatment is a big problem. But by bringing Ayushman Bharat scheme, Prime Minister Modi ensured for all 60 crore poor people to get all health services up to Rs 5 lakh for free, he said.

The Union Home Minister said Gujarat has received the biggest benefit of all the schemes of the Government of India. The root cause of this is the method of fast decision making and the implementation i.e. rapid working system. Many types of infrastructure works have been done in Gujarat in a beautiful way.

Shah said that due to Corona, the growth of the world economy including that of India slowed down, but the India’s economy is poised to take off at a fast pace, which has become a topic of discussion all over the world. According to the latest data, last month’s electricity consumption, which is considered to be a very important index for the development of the economy, reached an all-time high. This means  our economy has bounced back, he said.