Gujarat’s Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue is now attracting more tourists than the Statue of Liberty in the US. The most celebrated structure has emerged as a family holiday destination of international standard with a children nutrition park, Arogya Van, and camping and river rafting facilities, top officials said. The statue is standing at almost 600 feet tall, the Statue of Unity depicts Indian freedom fighter and politician Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was one of the most prominent leaders of the Indian independence movement, and the first Deputy Prime Minister of India.Also Read - From October 28 to November 1, Statue of Unity in Gujarat Will Remain Shut For THIS Reason

The place is often described as a ‘must-visit’ place by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the town, nestled amid Satpura and Vindhayachal ranges along the banks of the Narmada river, has a number of small and big tourist spots. Also Read - Over 190 Crocodiles Relocated from Lake Near Statue of Unity in Gujarat's Narmada District

Gujarat”s Additional Chief Secretary Rajiv Gupta, who has been associated with the project since its beginning, said it was the prime minister”s vision to develop this place as a model tourist destination for the entire family. Also Read - Asteroid Twice The Size of Statue of Liberty Heading Towards Earth, Will Be Closest to Us on Feb 22

“Under the guidance of Prime Minister Modi, the town has been developed as a tourist destination for the entire family while preserving its ecology and local heritage,” Gupta told PTI.

He said the main attraction of the town, the Statue of Unity, ideated by Prime Minister Modi himself, attracts more tourists than the Statue of Liberty in the United States.

Before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, around 13,000 tourists were visiting the statue on daily, while around 10,000 tourists visited the Statue of Liberty last month.

Development in the town generated direct employment for 3,000 tribal boys and girls, and indirect employment to 10,000 more, Gupta said, adding it has also opened up new avenues of micro-entrepreneurship for women.

About the various tourist attractions in Kevadia, Gujarat”s Tourism Secretary Mamta Verma said there is variety, something for every member of a family in Kevadia.

“If there is Arogya Van for elders, there is a children nutrition park for kids, then there are options for camping and river rafting for youngsters,” she said.

For nature lovers, Verma said there is Sardar Patel Zoological Park and Geodesic Aviary Dome, which is home to more than 1,100 birds and animals and five lakh plants.

Under the guidance of Prime Minister Modi, this place has been developed with the least commercialization, so that its natural beauty remains intact, she said.

(With inputs from PTI)