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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday virtually inaugurated a revamped Vadnagar railway station where he used to sell tea during his childhood. Vadnagar in Gujarat's Mehsana district is Modi's hometown.

“My numerous memories are connected with this station," Modi said, after inaugurating the redeveloped Vadnagar railway station in his home town via video link.

PM Modi's father Damodardas Modi had a tea stall inside the Vadnagar railway station. During his younger days, the PM used to help his father sell tea at the station.

Vadnagar, around 100 km from the state capital Ahmedabad, has become a part of this expansion (of railway infrastructure), Modi said after inaugurating a slew of railways and other development projects in Gujarat.

“The new station looks very attractive. Vadnagar has better railway connectivity now as it is part of the Vadnagar-Modhera-Patan heritage circuit which has been converted to broad gauge and electrified," Modi said.

Modi said he wishes to visit all the places he inaugurated, including the Vadnagar station. He also flagged off the Gandhinagar-Varetha Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) train which passes through Vadnagar.

Apart from the refurbished railway station, Modi inaugurated a host of other projects, including a five-star hotel atop the redeveloped Gandhinagar railway station and some new attractions at Science City in Ahmedabad through video conferencing, Gujarat government officials said.

During the virtual event, Modi also flagged off a Gandhinagar-Varetha MEMU train, said Jha. "The Vadnagar railway station is one of the major stations which falls on that route. Since it is also part of the heritage circuit, the Ministry of Tourism spent 8.5 crore to give a heritage look to the existing station building and its entry gate," Jha told reporters at a press meet here.

Varetha is a small village in the Mehsana district and is close to the famous Taranga Hill, a popular tourist as well as religious place. Till now, Mehsana station was connected with Taranga Hill through a meter gauge railway line.

"Since it was not technically feasible to lay a broad gauge line till the Taranga Hill, we converted the gauge till Varetha, situated just 3 kilometers before the Hill. On Friday, the PM would also inaugurate that 54 kilometers of stretch which has been converted to broad gauge and also electrified" said Jha.

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