Panaji: Gujarat tourism officials are cashing on the Statue of Unity to improve tourist footfalls to hawaii. Officials are on a road-show across India to popularise the statue.
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On, briefing local media, officials said that, 1.75 lakh tourists visited hawaii to start to see the new 182-meter high statue because it opened to public on November 1.
Officials said they will be meeting up with Goan tour operators to improve people to their state. They said that, slew of facilities and attractions have already been established near and round the statue of Sardar Patel for sightseeing. The attractions add a viewing gallery located at the chest degree of the statue, museum and audio visual gallery depicting the entire life of Sardar Patel, valley of flowers and the wall of unity.
“To generate the wall of unity we asked farmers from different states to submit their used tools and soil” said, Sanjay Joshi, chief manager, statue of unity. He added that, the sightseeing facilities round the statue are set to obtain better as more phases are pending for completion.
“Phase among the project is completed and two more are pending,” said Joshi. For the next phase, the Gujarat government has invited all of the state governments to create their Bhavan much like those in embassies to supply lounging facilities for visitors. “Land is identified for the same&rdquo already; said Joshi.
Others within the briefing included, Sanatan Pancholi, manager, Gujarat tourism and Youraj Choudhary, senior manager, tent city Narmada, a resort.
According to the tourism department, the statue of unity may be the tallest man-made statue in the global world. The department has priced the ticket including the bus ride, entry to the viewing and museum gallery at Rs 380, as the express ticket will set you back Rs 1,000.
“Currently 40 percent of the bookings can be found through the web window and around 6,000 visitors can access the viewing gallery located at the chest degree of the statue every day,” added Joshi. [NT]