Ahmedabad: A day after announcing that the Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue, will remain closed for visitors from October 28 to November 1, authorities rolled back the announcement and said the tourist attraction will remain open from October 28 to 31.
“On popular demand, the Statue of Unity and other tourist attractions at Kevadia will remain open from October 28 to October 31. The earlier notification regarding closure of these tourists attractions stands cancelled,” the CEO of Statue of Unity Area Development and Tourism Governance Authority (SOUADTGA) said in a statement on Monday.
The earlier announcement said the statue would
The latest statement said the attractions will remain open and adequate security arrangements will be put in place keeping in mind the celebrations of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas.
There is no official announcement yet, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to be in Kevadia on October 30 and take part in the Narmada Aarti. He is also expected to take part in the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas celebrations on October 31.
The 182-metre tall statue of Sardar Patel is the world’s tallest statue, and has emerged as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state. It was conceived when Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat. Built at a cost of Rs. 3,000 crore, it was inaugurated on October 31, 2018.