Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday flagged off 8 trains to Kevadia, connecting the Statue Of Unity from across India. The inauguration was done via video conferencing.
He said that, as per a survey, with increased connectivity over a lakh people will visit Kevadia daily.
A small, beautiful Kevadia is a good example of how economy and ecology can both be developed in a planned manner while saving the environment,” Modi said.
The State CM, Vijay Rupani tweeted about the inauguration:
“Kevadia is emerging as the world class tourist destination, Train connectivity of the Statue of Unity to various regions of country will boost the tourism & script a new chapter in the development of kevadia- Hon’ble Prime Minister“, tweeted the authority.
The Statue Of Unity Gets More Visitors Than Statue Of Liberty: PM Modi
After flagging off the trains, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Statue of Unity in Gujrat is attracting more tourists than even Statue of Liberty in America.
He further added that over 50 lakh visitors have come to see the Statue of Unity after since its opening over two years ago and it is catching on after staying closed during the months affected by the coronavirus.
“Despite everything remaining closed for months during coronavirus pandemic, the number of tourists visiting Kevadia is increasing fast,” Modi said.
Kevadia Is No Longer A Small Town
The Prime Minister also claimed that Kevadiya in Gujarat is no longer just a small village in a remote area, but has become one of the greatest travel destinations in the world.
“Tourists visiting the Statue of Unity will get the benefit of this rail connectivity, but this connectivity is going to change the lives of people of Kevadia. It will bring new opportunities of employment and self-employment,” the PM said.
He also informed that many routes including Ahmedabad- Kevadiya Janshatabdi will have attractive ‘Vista-Dome Coaches’.