Vadodara: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Thursday said work on the Rs 10,000-crore Ahmedabad- Gandhinagar Metro rail project, which is awaiting approval from the Centre, will begin soon.
Patel was speaking at inauguration of the ninth edition of the Mega Industrial Exhibition of Vadodara Chamber of Commerce and Industries (VCCI) at Navlakhi compound here.
The Chief Minister said the Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro project is on track and is being promoted with the objective of providing safe, fast and eco-friendly transportation services to the public at affordable rates while simultaneously reducing congestion on roads.
The project aims to be a model project not only for Gujarat, but also for the entire nation, Anandiben said.
The metro project holds the advantage of a responsive state government and progressive leadership; relatively flat terrain, use of state of the art technology, minimum land acquisition and majority elevated track, she added.
On February 4, 2010, a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) namely Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) Company Ltd was incorporated by the state government to implement the Metro Rail Project under Companies Act, 1956.
Speaking about the Vibrant Global Gujarat Investors' Summit beginning from January 11, 2015, the CM said that heads of various countries have been requesting the state government to take them as partners in the event which shows that the summit has put Gujarat on global map and that it has become a hub for multi-national companies (MNCs).
Presiding over the inauguration of the 9-day industrial exhibition, state Finance Minister Saurabh Patel said his government will soon announce a new industrial policy.
"We are going to come out with our industrial policy.. special emphasis will be given to raw materials which are being produced in the state for value addition, for example plastic. Most of the polymers are produced in Gujarat. So we want to give special emphasis for conversion of those polymers into plastic," Saurabh said.