Statue of Unity to welcome tourists
The tallest statue in the world, the Statue of Unity, is set to reopen for the public from October 17, 2020 after a gap of more than six months due to the coronavirus outbreak. Interestingly, the opening day also falls on the day when the festival of Navratri starts.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s statue better known as the Statue of Unity is situated in Gujarat. It is located at the shore of Narmada River in Kevadia colony facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam.
The Statue of Unity will be reopened for tourists with several precautionary measures in place to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Sardar Ekta Trust, which manages the structure, has released the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the same.
- Only 2500 tourists will be allowed to visit the monument in a day.
- Out of these, only 500 visitors will be allowed to go to the 193-metres high gallery on the statue.
- Tickets will have to be purchased online via the authorized website www.soutickets.in. Tickets will not be sold at the venue.
- Basic coronavirus protocols such as wearing masks, hand sanitization and social distancing will have to be followed by the visitors.
Other tourist spots at the Statue of Unity like Safari Park, Ekta Mall and Nutrition Park are already open for the tourists.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit the Kevadia colony on October 31, 2020 on the occasion of National Unity Day.