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Two years later, ‘Statue of Unity’, a model of ‘self-reliance’ campaign | India News


KEVADIA: Almost two years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the tallest statue in the world, the Unity Statue dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on the banks of the Narmada in Kevadia in Gujarat, not only did it turn out to be one of the most visited by tourists. destinations, but it has become a model for the “self-sufficient” campaign, reports Akhilesh Singh.
Most of the projects in its surroundings, be they hospitality or other services, have been developed on a “self-sufficiency” model, providing jobs to local, mostly tribal, residents of the region. Before the Covid-19 outbreak, there were days when Kevadia witnessed the largest influx of tourists into the country, more than 35,000 a day. In a year and a half, the profits from visits to the statue exceeded 150 million rupees. More than 43 lakh tourists came to Kevadia from October 2018 to March this year, authorities said. Officials in charge of the project said Modi often called them and took feedback on ongoing projects.

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