The Union textiles and information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani dedicated an entrance gate which depicts Parsi culture at Udvada in Valsad district to the people of the village on Sunday. National Commission for Minorities member Vada Dasturji Khurshed Kaikobad Dastoor and district collector C R Kharsan were also present at the function.
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Smriti Irani described Iranshah Udvada Utsav as a super-initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She said, “The Iranshah Udvada Utsav is being celebrated for the past two years and it will help bring the whole Parsi community living anywhere in the world together. The young generation of the community will be able to know about their roots.”
She said soon every street of Udvada will have CCTV cameras and also free Wi-Fi zones and a primary health centre. The Union minister said since people of Udvada had adopted her, she will do everything for their well-being.
Smriti Irani had adopted Udvada to develop it as a model village to fulfill the dream of Prime Minister. She announced development work of Rs8.41 crore for the village which includes beautification of the lake, bus stop construction, toilet blocks, an anganwadi, a cricket ground, a garden, a fish market, a primary health centre, Wi-Fi zones, installation of CCTV cameras, a school building, RCC roads and a crematorium.
The three-day Iranshah Udvada Utsav was inaugurated by chief minister-designate Vijay Rupani along with Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday. It is being organized with the help of Gujarat Tourism.