Ahmedabad, October 30: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Gujarat, on Friday inaugurated up to 17 new projects, including new tourist attractions near the Statue of Unity in Kevadiya in the Narmada district.
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Some of the main attractions opened by Modi were Arogya Van, Ekta Mall, Children Nutrition Park, Sardar Patel Zoological Park or Jungle Safari, and a boat ride.
He also laid the foundation stone for four projects.
Modi first inaugurated Arogya Van (health forest ”), spread over 17 hectares with a wide range of medicinal plants.
The sprawling garden, which boasts of five lakh plants from 380 species, also underlines the importance of yoga, Ayurveda and meditation, according to an official statement.
The Prime Minister then opened Ekta Mall, a unique store near the Statue of Unity where tourists can purchase looms and handicrafts from various states.
The two-story, air-conditioned complex spans 35,000 square feet and houses 20 emporias.
Modi, accompanied by the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, visited several emporia. The Prime Minister has spent a lot of time at stalls selling traditional items from Jammu and Kashmir and the North East.
He has shown a keen interest in the processes involved in making them, an official said.
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The PM then inaugurated a children’s nutrition park, dubbed the world’s first technology-driven theme park, developed over 35,000 square meters. Its main goal is to educate children on the importance of nutritious food, officials said.
The park has 47 attractions offering “infotainment” with the underlying theme of “Sahi Poshan Desh Roshan”.
Modi then inaugurated Jungle Safari, a state-of-the-art zoological park spanning 375 acres and seven levels.
It is home to over 1,100 native and exotic birds and animals of over 100 species, including tigers, lions, giraffes, zebras and leopards.
The Safari also has the two largest geodesic dome aviaries in the world. The Prime Minister visited the aviaries and allowed the parrots to sit on his arm.
The PM then inaugurated Ekta Cruise ”, a ferry service that would cover the distance of 6 km from Shrestha Bharat Bhavan to the Statue of Unity in 40 minutes.
The boat can carry 200 people. The Prime Minister also took advantage of a walk after the inauguration.
Other projects inaugurated by the Prime Minister included a navigation canal in the Narmada river to facilitate boating, a Garudeshwar spillway downstream on the river, a new bridge over the river near the village of Gora, a terminus of the bus bay, a reception facility for tourists and an ecotourism project near the village of Khalwani.
Late in the evening, the PM inaugurated Unity Glow Garden, the first of its kind in India, developed on 3.61 acres with a glittering array of illuminated facilities.
Finally, Modi inaugurated the Jardin des Cactus extending over 25 hectares on the opposite bank of the river. It is home to over 450 species with a total of 6 lakh plants.
The PM has also launched a new website and mobile app that will guide tourists visiting the area.
He also performed a virtual stone-laying ceremony for government quarters, an administrative building, quarters for state reserve police personnel, and Adarsh Gram, a 400-house resettlement project. people affected by the project of five villages around the statue of unity.