The number of visitors to the iconic Statue of Unity near Sardar Sarovar Dam in Narmada district of Gujarat has crossed the 75 lakh mark, a state government official said on Tuesday.
The memorial dedicated to Sardar Patel, the tallest structure of its type in the world at 182 meters, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, 2018.
“The 182 meter tall Statue of Unity and a host of attractions built at Ekta Nagar attracted nearly 75 lakh tourists. Hon @PMOIndia, whose vision resulted in this majestic monument, rightly said that SOU was now on globetrotters’ list of their travel plans.” Additional Chief Secretary, Industries and Mines, Rajiv Kumar Gupta, said in a tweet on Tuesday.
Notably, data suggests that nearly 25 lakh tourists have visited the grand monument in the past ten months amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the statue hitting the 50 lakh visitor mark in March this year. last.
On January 21, PM Modi had also taken note of this exploit in a virtual address.
“The Statue of Unity near Kevadia has become a national pride. Despite the pandemic, more than 75,000 people have so far visited the Statue of Unity. Such places will carry our identity as well as tourism to new new heights,” said the Prime Minister.
Although the flow of visitors to the tourist site was affected after the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, it has picked up since it reopened to the public seven months later in October.
Some of the major tourist attractions near the statue include jungle safari, rafting, ekta nursery, boat cruise, cactus garden, light garden, vishwa van, and flower valley among others.