Express press service
NEW DELHI: With increasing numbers of tourists to see the world’s tallest Unity Statue at Kevadiya in Narmada district of Gujarat, Indian Railways decided to develop an art gallery at the new station Ekta Nagar Kevadiya certified green energy railway – which falls under the Western Railway.
Western Railway Chief Spokesman Sumit Thakur said on Sunday, “Now tourists visiting the Statue of Unity not only from the country but from all over the world will be able to take a peek at the rich cultural history of Gujarat at Kevadiya station.
The official said Indian Railways will add an additional tourist attraction for those visiting the Statue of Unity by awarding a one-of-a-kind contract for the development of the art gallery in PPP mode. A gift shop will be another addition to the development.
“Working on PPP mode, the art gallery will showcase different arts and crafts mainly from Gujarat and other states. The art gallery will be privately developed and operated, which will bring in Rs 24.7 lakh to the railways for the next 10 years,” the spokesperson said.
Describing another benefit of this concept, the spokesperson affirmed that the concept will not only enrich the experience of people visiting Kevadiya to see the Statue of Unity, but will also have a good impact on the social front of the localities.
“It will definitely create employment opportunities for the local tribal people in Narmada district by giving them the opportunity to promote their arts and crafts on a larger scale,” he said.