Kevadiya (Guj), Dec 15 (PTI) President Ram Nath Kovind Saturday visited the Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue, in Narmada district of Gujarat on the death anniversary of India’s first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Also Read - 'State Heading Towards Health Emergency', Gujarat HC Initiates Suo Motu PIL Over Corona Situation

Kovind, accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and state chief secretary J N Singh, began his visit in the morning by taking a stroll at the ‘Valley of Flowers’ developed near the 182-metre tall statue here. Also Read - 'Tika Lagao, Beer Le Jao': This Gurgaon Restaurant is Offering Free Beer to People Who Show Their Vaccine Card

After planting a tree in memory of Patel, the president attended a prayer meet at the statue complex. Also Read - 'Vaccine Lagwao, Sona Le Jao': Women Get Gold Nose Pins For Taking COVID-19 Vaccine in This Gujarat City!

The world’s tallest statue dedicated to Patel was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October.

After offering tributes to Patel, Kovind visited the museum and exhibition area beneath the statue. He also visited the viewing gallery located at a height of 132 metres inside the statue.

Kovind then left the statue premises and headed to Kevadiya village, around 5 kms from the statue, to lay the foundation stone for a railway station.

The state-of-the-art railway station, proposed to be built at a cost of Rs 20 crore, is aimed at providing direct rail connectivity to tourists visiting the Statue of Unity.

To connect Kevadiya with the main broad-guage line, the Railways has sanctioned the work to convert 18-km Dabhoi-Chandod narrow gauge into broad gauge and extension from Chandod to Kevadia by constructing a new 32-km line.

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