Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Ahmedabad on Friday during a two-day visit to Gujarat. During this visit, he is scheduled to inaugurate and lay the foundation stones for 17 projects at the Statue of Unity and other sites at Kevadiya Colony. The development works will be taken up under the Kevadiya Integrated Development Projects to commemorate the 145th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on 31 October.
Soon after he landed at the Ahmedabad airport on Friday morning, PM Modi went to former Chief Minister and late BJP stalwart Keshubhai Patel’s residence to pay his respects and offered his condolences to the grieving family. He also paid a visit to the families of former BJP parliamentarian-legislator duo, Mahesh and Naresh Kanodia, who passed away during the week and offered his condolences.
At 11:30 am on Friday, PM Modi reached Kevadia directly from Gandhinagar, where he inaugurated a Jungle Safari Park, a state-of-the-art zoological park built on 375 acres situated at levels of 29 to 180 metres above average sea level. He also inaugurated the Ekta Bhavan, and then unveiled the Ekta cruise, which is for boating in the Narmada river, besides the Dynamic Dam Lighting, Glow Garden and the Cactus Garden, an architectural greenhouse displaying cacti and other succulent plants from 17 countries.
He also launched the mobile app and website developed for the Kevadiya Integrated Development Projects in UN-specified languages.
Earlier, PM Modi inaugurated the health forest, Aarogaya Van’, a garden spread over 17 acres, with 5 lakh plants and 380 species of medicinal herbs, and then visited the forest to get information about it. He also inaugurated the Ekta Mall and Children’s Nutrition Park where he also rode the toy train and watched a 5D movie. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Governor Acharya Devvrat joined him.
The Prime Minister will spend the night in Kevadia and take part in the National Unity Day celebrations on Saturday and unveil 17 projects in two days, following which Kevadia will be turned into a police camp. Central troops, NSG, CISF, NDRF, CRPF, Gujarat Police and Jammu and Kashmir Police will also hold a unity parade at Kevadia on Saturday.
PM Modi’s tour will end on 31 October. The sea-plane carrying him will land on the Sabarmati river at Ahmedabad and inaugurate the facility to go to Kevadia. After reaching Ahmedabad, he will leave for Delhi from the airport.