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Statue of Unity to be connected to rail network by year-end: Railways

The Statue of Unity in Gujarat's Kevadiya will be connected to the railways network by the year-end, Railway Board chairman V K Yadav said on Monday

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Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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A view of the Statue of Unity during sunset, at Kevadiya colony in Narmada district of Gujarat

The in Gujarat's Kevadiya will be connected to the railways network by the year-end, Railway Board chairman V K Yadav said on Monday, adding that the train services will take passengers up to 5 km from the tallest statue in the world.

At present, Vadodara, Bharuch and Ankleshwar stations provide rail connectivity to the iconic statue. The nearest airports to the are Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport and Vadodara Airport.

Railway Board Chairman and CEO, V K Yadav said 100 per cent land has been acquired for the Kevadia Rail Link project. The project envisaged gauge conversion between the Dabhoi-Chandod 18 km route and a new line of 32 km between Chandod and Kevadia.

While track work between Dhaboi to Chandod has been completed, the line between Chandod and Kevadia is expected to be completed by November 15, 2020. The project will be commissioned by December 2020, he said.

He said all three major and 16 minor bridges between Dabhoi-Chandod have been built. Out of four major and 47 minor bridges between Chandod and Kevadia, work on one major bridge and 22 minor bridges has also been completed.

In the 2017 budget, the Centre had announced the gauge conversion of the Indian Railways' Dabhoi-Chanod rail line. This rail line is now being extended up to Kevadia.

The foundation stone for the railway station which is being built at a cost of around Rs 20 crore and situated just 5 km from the statue, was laid by President Ram Nath Kovind in December 2018.

Once the project is completed, one can reach the from Vadodara in 45 minutes. The speed of the trains in this section will be 110 kmph in phase one and upgraded to 130 kmph later, officials said.

The 182-metre-tall monument has been built on an islet Sadhu Bet near Sardar Sarovar Dam. It is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Mon, November 02 2020. 21:30 IST
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