PM Modi tweets as Statue of Unity crosses 5 million visitors mark

With 15k visitors a day, Statue of Unity overtakes Statue of Liberty

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to visit the Statue of Unity as the world’s tallest statue crossed the 5 million visitor’s mark. PM Modi took to Twitter to share the development. “Excellent! Statue of Unity in Kevadia is a must visit. Do plan a trip there whenever you can,” the Prime Minister said in a tweet.

An official account of the statue said on Twitter, “Statue of Unity crosses 5 million visitors mark in just 553 working days, making it a greatly popular international tourist destination !!” Situated in Kevadia in Gujarat’s Narmada district, the statue has emerged as an international tourist destination, offering multiple attractions for all age groups, Gujarat’s Additional Chief Secretary (Forest and Environment) Rajiv Gupta said in a tweet. The 182-metre tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, billed as the world’s tallest and built on the Sadhu Bet islet near the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Kevadia, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, 2018. Since then, visitors from across the country and abroad have flocked the tourist spot and several other attractions that have been added there.

In a bid to make the destination more accessible, the government plans to improve rail and air connectivity to Kevadia. The government recently added eight new trains from different parts of the country and a seaplane service from Ahmedabad. During his address on January18 this year after flagging off eight trains to Kevadia from across India, Prime Minister Modi said more tourists visit the Statue of Unity in Gujarat than the Statue of Liberty in the US.