Prime Minister Narendra Modi dispatched two Vande Bharat Express trains from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus on Friday (CSMT). One high-speed train would run between CSMT and Solapur, and another would run between CSMT and Shirdi Sainagar. LED infotainment TVs, 180-degree rotating seats, and bio-toilets are just a few of the innovative features found on the two trains.
At the ceremony, Prime Minister Modi congratulated the people of Maharashtra on the arrival of two new Vande Bharat trains, which are expected to improve travel for pilgrims visiting the Shirdi and Solapur temples in the cities of Akkalkot, Tuljapur, Siddeshwar, and Pandharpur.
The Prime Minister went on to say that bringing connectivity was critical because it would raise people’s living standards and bring the concept of convenience to life.
In his speech, Prime Minister Modi argued that infrastructure investment benefits the economy by creating new jobs. In an apparent dig at the UPA administration, he boasted that his own government had set aside a significant portion of its budget for public works. In comparison to the previous nine years, the budget allocation for infrastructure projects was given significant importance in Budget 2023, he said (under the UPA government regime).
Modi also stated that the 2023 budget was designed with the middle class in mind.
This year’s budget boosted the middle class, which includes both wage earners and business owners. And it is on this topic that I would like to concentrate our discussion. We increased the previous middle-class tax threshold from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 7 lakh. The previous UPA administration imposed a 20% tax. “However, the middle class has been strengthened and will have more money as a result of our efforts,” he stated.
The opening ceremony was attended by both the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Eknath Shinde, and the Deputy Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis.
On the occasion, Shinde praised Prime Minister Modi for his rising star status among world leaders. Modi’s decision to visit the nation’s commercial hub for the second time in a month delighted the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Modi visited Mumbai in early January to unveil the second phase of Metro Lines 2A and 7.
Fadnavis, the state’s deputy chief minister, praised the federal government for allocating adequate funding to Maharashtra in the federal budget.
Over Rs 13,000 crore has been allocated for various railway infrastructure development projects in the state of Maharashtra, he said, a first in Indian Railways history.
PM Modi also unveiled a plaque commemorating the opening of the partially elevated Santacruz Chembur Link Road (SCLR) and the Kurar underpass in Malad.
As the Vande Bharat train to Shirdi arrived at its first stop in Dadar, members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gathered in large numbers to chant the “Modi, Modi” slogan.
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