Ending the long wait of Amdavadis, NDA chairman Lal Krishna Advani inaugurated two gardens on the Sabarmati riverfront on Wednesday in presence of chief minister Narendra Modi.
The gardens, built at cost of Rs18.4 crore, between Subhash Bridge and Dadhichi Bridge on eastern bank of the Sabarmati river were ready for a long time. They were supposed to be inaugurated on August 15 by Advani, but he could not find time to attend the opening ceremony due to the parliament session.
The heat on Wednesday afternoon forced Modi and Advani to use a golf cart to take a round of the garden during their brief visit to the park.
During the day, the duo also attended the inauguration of Institute of Infrastructure Technology, Research and Management (IIT-RAM) building in Khokhra. Also present on the occasion were cabinet minister for education Bhupendrsinh Chusdasama, minister of state for education Vasumati Trivedi, minister of revenue Anandi Patel apart from other academicians, vice-chancellors and bureaucrats. President of IIT-RAM and executive chairman of Torrent Sudhir Mehta and IIT-Gn director Sudhir K Jain delivered a speech at the inaugural event.
While Modi chose to talk about academic activities introduced by his government in Gujarat, including new universities, courses, new engineering colleges in state to deal with scarcity of seats, Advani spoke about invitation to the inauguration. “When I was invited earlier to inaugurate the bridge, I did not know the name. But this time when I read the institute’s name ‘IIT- RAM’, I was happy. IIT is a benchmark of education and is special for nation while ‘RAM’ holds a special place for me,” he said. Advani also talked about British rule and emphasised on the need for change in governance in India.
In his speech, Modi mentioned that it was imperative for any nation to raise its standard and make place for itself in the time of global competition. “The world knows only one language and that is of country’s power. Skilled manpower will only be base for nation-building,” he said, after inaugurating the IIT-RAM building, constructed at a cost of Rs70 crore.
Modi also blamed Gujarat governor for delaying sanction of IIT-RAM proposal even when state assembly had passed it in 2012.