Kevadiya (Guj), October 30 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Gujarat, on Friday inaugurated no less than 17 new projects, including new tourist attractions near the Unity Statue at Kevadiya in Narmada district.
Some of the major attractions inaugurated 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’), spanning 17 acres with a wide range of medicinal plants.
The sprawling garden, which has five lakh plants of 380 species, also highlights the importance of yoga, ayurveda and meditation, according to an official statement.
The Prime Minister then opened Ekta Mall, a one-stop shop near the Statue of Unity where tourists can buy handicrafts and handicrafts from different states.
The air-conditioned, two-story complex spans 35,000 square feet and houses 20 emporia.
Modi, accompanied by Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, visited several emporia. The prime minister spent a lot of time at stalls selling traditional items from Jammu and Kashmir and the North East.
He showed a keen interest in the processes involved in making them, an official said.
The Prime Minister then inaugurated a children’s nutrition park, dubbed the world’s first tech-focused theme park, developed over 35,000 square meters. Its main goal is to make children understand 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 spread over 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 domed aviaries in the world. The Prime Minister visited the aviaries and allowed the parrots to sit on his arm.
The Prime Minister then inaugurated “Ekta Cruise”, a ferry service that would cover the 6 km distance from Shrestha Bharat Bhavan to the Statue of Unity in 40 minutes.
The boat can carry 200 people. The Prime Minister also enjoyed a ride after the inauguration.
Other projects inaugurated by the Prime Minister included a navigation channel in the Narmada River to facilitate boating, a Garudeshwar weir downstream on the river, a new bridge over the river near the village of Gora, a terminus of the bus station, a tourist reception facility and an ecotourism project. near the village of Khalwani.
Late in the evening, the PM inaugurated the Unity Glow Garden, the first of its kind in India, developed over 3.61 acres with a shimmering array of illuminated installations.
Finally, Modi inaugurated the Cactus Garden spread over 25 acres on the other side of the river. It is home to over 450 species with a total of 6 lakh plants.
The Prime Minister has also launched a new website and mobile app which will guide tourists visiting the region.
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 project for the resettlement of people. affected by the project in five villages around the Statue of Unity.