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PM Modi’s childhood tea stall to be placed on world tourism map


Ahmedabad: The centre is all set to declare the tea stall in Gujarat’s Vadnagar railway platform a tourist spot after renovating it. The railway station has become famous as Prime Minister Narendra Modi would serve tea to customers in his childhood.

“Converting the stall into a tourist spot is part of a larger project of putting Modi’s birthplace, Vadnagar in Mehsana district, on the world tourism map,” said Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, who visited the town on Sunday, reports TOI.

The stall would be given a modern touch but its traditional and old look will be preserved, Sharma said.
“Apart from being the birthplace of our PM, Vadnagar is an important historical centre,” he added. “It has the famous Sharmishta Lake and a step-well. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had recently found the remains of a Buddhist monastery during an excavation, which still continues.”

Gujarat tourism minister Ganpat Vasava said, “After Modi took over as the PM, a lot of tourists started visiting the town.” He said that the state and central governments have launched a massive development project in Vadnagar to promote tourism.

Sharma said the Indian Railways has given a no-objection certificate to the Gujarat government for the construction of a tourist facilitation centre at the Vadnagar station.