The Statue of Unity, unveiled on October 31 to mark Sardar Patel’s birthday, has already become a tourist destination. The rush of people to the Sardar Patel statue was also aided by the ongoing holiday to mark Deepawali followed by the Gujarati New Year the next day and then the Bhaidooj festival followed by the weekend.
More than 18,000 people visited the 182-meter statue erected on Sadhu Island on the west bank of the Narmada River, 3 kilometers downstream from the multipurpose dam at the tri-junction of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra .
The highest single-day ticket collection was recorded at Rs 36 lakh, with 11,219 people visiting the Sardar Patel statue on the eve of Diwali.
Due to the high influx of visitors, the Gujarat government has issued a notice regarding restrictions on the number of people the site can accommodate per day, as well as the limited capacity of the two elevators that take visitors up to the gallery. chest-level observation of the tallest statue in the world. People have also been advised to avoid crowding at the Statue of Unity site.
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The daily quota for the number of people visiting the viewing platform has been set at just 5,000, according to a news service statement.
Meanwhile, tourists visiting the Statue of Unity have complained of poor planning in the booming tourist destination of Gujarat, pointing to a lack of parking lots, covered waiting areas and separate lanes for vehicles and pedestrians.
“Did they really want people to visit the monument? We were standing 3 hours straight in the heat on the road for 16 buses that could accommodate around 10,000 people at a time, as private vehicles had no direct entrance, clearly highlighting the lack of parking,” posted Twitter user @kosha_shah11 on the microblogging site on November 9.
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She also posted photos of the tourist center showing the lack of facilities and blamed the government for opening a “world record-breaking monument to the public with half-planned proposals”.
I visited the tallest statue in the world yesterday and talking about the user experience that comes with this incredibly huge 182m tall national monument, we stumbled upon it. Obviously, looking at these images, we would blame our people and our ethics. But there is more than that. pic.twitter.com/8lVUGtd4i4
— Kosha (@kosha_shah11) November 9, 2018
And you CANNOT blame the population explosion for the mismanagement because that is the only excuse out there and it is high time the government took it into account when approving designs. This is what the tourist center and its facilities looked like at the #StatueOfUnity pic.twitter.com/NOdiBHu0Ed
— Kosha (@kosha_shah11) November 9, 2018
She was not alone. Another user tweeted: “Very bad experience at unity statue sardar sarovar. Pickup and drop off facilities are very poor. Frustrated people were queuing for over 2 hours. Is it worth it only 5 mins drive.I was expecting good service from Gujarat.
Very bad experience at the statue of unity, sardar sarovar. Pick up and drop off facilities are very poor. Frustrated people queued for over 2 hours. Is it worth only a 5 minute drive. I expected good service from Gujarat. @GujaratTourism @vijayrupanibjp @PMOIndia @SrBachchan pic.twitter.com/JWJxmoRVal
— vivek (@viveksaraf22) November 9, 2018
“Thousands of people are lining up in scorching heat for the Statue of Unity. I hope we will have better facilities in the time to come. Please make better arrangements for the tallest statue in the world,” a posted another Twitter user.
@narendramodi_in @vijayrupanibjp @StatueOfUnity @AmitShah @ Thousands of people are waiting in a queue in such scorching heat for the Unity statue. I hope we will have better facilities in the time to come. Please make better arrangements for the tallest statue in the world. pic.twitter.com/SEg7jJVbag
— Harshad Vayeda (@TheHardy135) November 10, 2018
Seema Darshan at the Pakistan border
The Gujarat government also intends to develop its barren border with Pakistan as a tourist destination, marketed as ‘Seema Darshan’. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani traveled to Nandabet in Banaskantha district bordering Pakistan on Deepawali to spend time with Border Security Force (BSF) jawans. Around 10 lakh people have visited Nandabet for ‘Seema Darshan’ since then CM Narendra Modi spent a day at the site with BSF jawans.