The tea stall in Guajarat's Vadnagar where Prime Minister Narendra Modi once sold tea during his childhood is all set to become a tourist spot with the Centre 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 Modi's birthplace Vadnagar in Mehsana district of Gujarat on the world tourism map.
Tea stall where Modi sold tea will soon be a tourist spothttps://t.co/MNZtQ7S5UO— India Today (@IndiaToday) July 3, 2017
Officials of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) visited the town yesterday. The team of officials was led by Union Culture 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," Sharma told reporters at Gandhinagar yesterday.
Ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Modi had often mentioned that he used to sell tea during his childhood at the Vadnagar railway station along with his father.
"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," Sharma said.
But the news of this development certainly didn't go down well with many on Twitter, who criticised the decision:
Better Modi should resume his job soon as he has failed and crumbled everything— KSO-KNM (@KNM_KSO) July 3, 2017
First find out the truth whether he really sold tea or it was also a kind of drama @narendramodi— Arunkumar (@arunananth) July 4, 2017
Do some real work.Modiji plz don't indulge these.— Pankaj Kumar Gupta (@PankajK33688284) July 3, 2017