According to a report published in the The Hindu, The Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL) yesterday informed that the tourist inflow at the World’s tallest statue on Narmada river – Statue of Unity (SoU) has outpaced that at the Statue of Liberty (SoL) on Hudson River at New York in the United States.
The daily average tourist footfall at the 182-m tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first deputy Prime Minister of independent India, during November 2019 was 15,036, whereas the Statue of Liberty attracts around 10,000 visitors on average daily.
“It is noteworthy that the Statue of Liberty in the US is a 133-year-old world-famous monument, whereas the Statue of Unity is just 13 months old,” stated a statement from the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd.
SSNNL, which manages the Narmada dam, and is also entrusted with the implementation of the Statue of Unity project.
The daily average tourist footfall at the Statue of Unity during the first twelve months was 8,653, which has increased by about 74 percent in November month.
The statue was dedicated to the nation on October 31, 2018. However, since then a lot of tourist attractions and sports activities have been set up there to bring more visitors to the site.
SSNNL in its statement informed that a total of 30,90,723 tourists have visited Kevadia till November 30, 2019, and a total income of INR 85.57 crore has been generated from it. Built at the cost of nearly INR 2,400 crore, the statue is located 3.2 km downstream of the Sardar Sarovar dam on the Narmada river.
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