The tea stall in Gujarat’s Vadnagar where Prime Minister Narendra Modi once sold tea during his childhood is set to become a tourist spot with the government deciding to give it a face-lift. The stall is located on one of the platforms of the Vadnagar Railway station. Converting the stall into a tourist spot is part of a larger project of putting PM Modi’s birthplace Vadnagar in Mehsana district of Gujarat on the global tourism map. Officials of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) visited the town. The team of officials was led by Union Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma, who later announced that the original charm of the tea stall will be preserved while giving it a modern touch. “Apart from being the birthplace of our PM, Vadnagar is an important historical centre having famous Sharmishta Lake and a step-well. The ASI had recently found remains of a Buddhist Monastery during excavation, which is still going on,” said Sharma.
“Inside the Vadnagar railway station, there is a small tea stall, from where our PM had probably started his life’s journey. We also want to develop that tea stall as a tourism spot. We will try to preserve the original charm of the tea stall while giving it a modern touch. Our aim is to put Vadnagar on world tourism map,” added Sharma.
Earlier, divisional railway manager (DRM) of Ahmedabad division Dinesh Kumar had said the entire project of developing Vadnagar and adjoining places in Mehsana district would cost over INR 100 crore. “The development of Vadnagar railway station is one of the components of the INR 100 crore project to develop Vadnagar, Modhera and Patan as tourist destinations. As of now, the Ministry of Tourism has given INR 8 crore to the state’s tourism department to develop the railway station,” Kumar stated.