New Delhi: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Statue of Unity hoisted in Gujarat’s Kevadia town now has a helicopter ride facility. Tourists can enjoy an aerial view of the world’s tallest (182-metre) statue.
A helicopter has been pressed into service at the cost of Rs 2,900 per minute. A new 10-minute ride was launched on Sunday.
The Statue of Unity, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, drew around 1.3 lakh tourists during the first 11 days of its opening.
The state government has put the statue at the top on the tourist map of the state. The government also wrote to the chief ministers of all states to consider setting up guest houses near the Statue of Unity.
The Gujarat government built the 180-feet statue of Sardar Patel at a cost of around Rs. 3,000 crore which triggered politics over its high cost. State government stated that on an average, 15,000 visitors come to see the statue every day.
Note: The statue is closed for tourists on every Monday for maintenance. It remains open from 9 AM to 5 PM from Tuesday to Sunday.