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The statue of unity: Can it become the new magnet of tourism for India?

History shows that once-in-a-lifetime structures like the Statue of Unity create opportunities around them, especially in tourism, that create a positive return on investment in just a few decades

Kevadiya: Final touches being given to the Statue of Unity at Kevadiya Colony, about 200 kilometers from Ahmadabad, Thursday, October 18, 2018. Photo: PTI
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Kevadiya: Final touches being given to the Statue of Unity at Kevadiya Colony, about 200 kilometers from Ahmadabad, Thursday, October 18, 2018. Photo: PTI

Sandeep Goyal
The Statue of Unity will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow. Located facing the Narmada Dam, 3.2 kilometres away on the river island called Sadhu Bet near Rajpipla in Gujarat, the monument along with its surroundings occupies over 20,000 square metres, and is surrounded by a 12-sq-km artificial lake. It is the world’s tallest statue with a height of 182 metres (597 feet). The Statue of Unity is almost 100 feet taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha, the world’s current tallest statue at 502 feet. The Sardar Patel statue will be almost twice as high as the Statue

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First Published: Oct 30 2018 | 11:38 AM IST

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