New Delhi: More than 27,000 people paid a visit to the Statue of Unity in Gujarat’s Narmada district, a record since the time it was inaugurated, that is, on October 31 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read - This Indian-Origin Man Is in FBI's '10 Most Wanted' List Since 2017, Carries Rs 74 Lakh Reward
The Statue of Unity which opened to the public on November 1 was built on an islet near the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Kevadiya and stands tall at 182 meters. Touted as the tallest structure in the world, the Sardar Patel memorial saw the maximum number of people visiting the structure. Also Read - Gujarat: 5 Patients Dead as Fire Breaks Out in ICU of COVID Hospital in Rajkot; PM Modi Expresses Pain
Narmada district Collector RS Ninama confirmed that at least 27,000 tourists visited Saturday, saying the administration was expecting the figure to go further up Sunday. He told that the increase in the number of tourists was because of Diwali vacations and the Gujarati New Year holiday. Also Read - Congress Leader Ahmed Patel Laid to Rest in Gujarat’s Bharuch, Rahul Gandhi Attends Funeral
Ninama said the number of feeder buses ferrying visitors from the parking lot to the statue had been increased to 40 from 15 for Sunday. In a statement, the state government appealed to the visitors “to plan their trip keeping in mind the timing as well as the capacity of the infrastructure at the Statue of Unity.”
The government statement also informed visitors that the memorial remains closed every Monday for maintenance.
“The two lifts at the Statue of Unity can carry up to 5,000 people in a day to the observation deck (viewing gallery). Therefore, all visitors are requested to plan their visits keeping in mind the timings as well as the capacity of the infrastructure,” the statement said.
The entry ticket for the statue and viewing gallery is Rs. 350 for adults and Rs.200 for children in the 3-15 age group. Apart from the statue, people can go to the Visitors Centre, souvenir shop, exhibition hall, viewing gallery among other attractions.
(With inputs from agency)