Gujarat’s Vadnagar railway station, where PM Narendra Modi sold tea as a child, to be revamped

Union Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said the stall in Vadnagar railway station in Gujarat, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi sold tea during his childhood, will retain its original charm despite being given a modern touch.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 4, 2017 1:55 pm
Mahesh Sharma, Narendra Modi, Gujarat tea stall, Modi tea stall Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a “Chai Pe Charcha” programme ahead of the 2014 General Elections (Express Photo/Javed Raja, File)

Vadnagar railway station in Gujarat, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi sold tea during his childhood, will be developed as a tourist attraction. Union Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma has, however, clarified that the small tea stall will be preserved in its original form with a bit of modern touch. The government’s plan to beautify tourist spots across the city, a part of which includes upgradation of the railway station, is expected to cost around Rs 100 crore.

“The ministry of tourism along with the ministry of railways is developing the Vadnagar railway station as a tourist destination. We have already discussed the plans. As of now, there are no plans to give any facelift to the tea stall,” Sharma was quoted as saying by PTI. His comments come a day after he said the tea stall will retain its original charm despite being given a modern touch. “Our aim is to put Vadnagar on world tourism map,” he said.

Officials of the culture ministry and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), led by Sharma, had visited Vadnagar on Sunday to do a recce of the station. The tea stall is located on one of its platforms.

“Union Minister Mahesh Sharma visited Vadnagar to see the beautification and upgradation work of the railway station which is expected to be completed in three months. While the tea stall is currently a makeshift structure, he wished that it be preserved and its renovation be done without changing its original form. Apart from it, an art gallery showcasing the cultural and historical importance of Vadnagar and a waiting hall for the benefit of tourists is coming up. The art gallery will help tourists understand the Buddhist circuit at Vadnagar,” Mehsana Collector Alok Kumar Pandey told The Indian Express.

Mahesh Sharma, Narendra Modi, Gujarat tea stall, Modi tea stall Tourists take selfies at Vadnagar railway station (Express Photo/Javed Raja)

Later in the day, speaking to reporters back in Delhi, Sharma had said, “Apart from being the birthplace of our prime minister, Vadnagar is an important historical centre having famous Sharmishta Lake and a step-well. ASI had recently found remains of a Buddhist Monastery during excavation, which is still going on.”

In the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, PM Modi often spoke about his experience selling tea along with his father at the said tea stall.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    JD
    Jul 5, 2017 at 7:09 am
    Did he paid tax that time ?
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      Barb Dewyre
      Jul 4, 2017 at 7:39 pm
      I sincerely hope this revamping is completed by 2019. Modi may have to go back to selling tea there.
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        S ashok
        Jul 4, 2017 at 4:25 pm
        What next a giant 1000 ft Bronze statue of PM Modi in Vadnagar?
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          DR MISS
          Jul 4, 2017 at 3:52 pm
          what Pm Modiji has done in 3 years congress could not do in70 years because of doing large no of scams
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            Dc
            Jul 4, 2017 at 4:14 pm
            really? Kindly enlighten us with all wat fekuji did in 3 years and U talking about past 70 years?How old are ? 100?
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              S.Suresh
              Jul 4, 2017 at 4:45 pm
              What did he do in 3 years? Can you list? Is it helpful to poor or solve unemployment problem?
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              S.Suresh
              Jul 4, 2017 at 3:48 pm
              Many of us told that our PM sold tea in childhood but now no one believes because all his activities showed he should have born tea estate owner son. He always favour corporate people not poor. You can see in GST most common man using items like cellphone recharge, shaving creams, etc. are 18 percent or 28 per cent. Rich person using items like pizza, cashew nuts cakes GST are only 5 per cent.
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                DR MISS
                Jul 4, 2017 at 3:44 pm
                It gives big hope to poor Indians all human beings in world can realize the genious performance of ur very intelligent brave most popular Pm Modiji from Dr Miss Anju Bhattacharyya
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                  ajay
                  Jul 4, 2017 at 2:25 pm
                  One of the dhams for bhakts
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                    Parth Garg
                    Jul 4, 2017 at 2:06 pm
                    The over zealous Bhakts would raise a temple at the Tea Stall. Then it will get the A grade tourist spot by the Ministry of tourism.
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