As a grand musical event celebrates the Independence Day at Vallabh Sadan, Narendra Modi would be busy inaugurating the 13km-long promenade walkway on the eastern and western sides of the Sabarmati river.
The project, according to the Gujarat government, aims to reclaim the private river edge as a public asset, and restore the city’s relationship with its river. In 1997, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) set up a wholly-owned Special Purpose Vehicle - the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation (SRFCDL) to explore the project.
Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 13km-long walkways on the eastern and western sides of the river, and an open-to-all grand musical event at Vallabh Sadan will be organised by the AMC to draw crowds.
In a statement issued by the AMC on August 13, twenty-six water rides will also be started on the Sabarmati riverfront. “Of them 25 will be launched on 15 August itself, while one amphibious bus (a bus that can be operated in water and on road too) ride will be launched in the month of September,” DeshGujarat reported.
“Ticket rate for a ride in speed boat(total four) will be Rs 100, water craft (one) Rs 100, motor boat (four) Rs 20, Jet ski water scooter (one) Rs 200, pedal boat (15 minutes, total ten) Rs 15, Zorbing-water bubbles (five) Rs 60,” it added.
The AMC has also planned phase-wise launch of ferry service, zip line (river crossing by cable), floating restaurant and other water-based recreation activities, besides a ferry service between Vadaj Dadhichi Rushi over bridge to Vasna river bridge.
“A dream run event will be held for runners at 4.30 pm on river front walkway between Vallabh Sadan and Vasna barrage and back,” it added further.
Commenting on the development, Bapti S wrote: “On a beautiful cloudy rainy day the river front sabarmati looks so beautiful, peaceful, and will give solace to the minds, hearts and the soul of all those who are fortunate to visit the lovely river front. Jay jay guj (Gujarat), jay jay shri namoji (Narendra Modi), and the people of guj(arat).”