Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has claimed that the world’s tallest statue in Gujarat will create an ecosystem, having the potential to generate Rs 1 lakh crore or USD 15 billion annually over the next 4-5 years.
According to a recent media report, Piyush Goyal was speaking at a curtain-raiser programme of the 3-day Global Exhibition on Services (GES) 2019. This event is to be held in the city of Bengaluru from November 26 to 28, 2019.
It will be organized by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry along with the Confederation of India Industry (CII).
As per media reports, the Statue of Unity on October 31, 2019 completed its 1-year anniversary. On the occasion, PM Narendra Modi arrived at Kevadia and marked the anniversary celebrations at the event. PM Modi attended the Ekta Parade in the presence of as many as 700 districts from around the country. Since the inauguration of the statue last year, the statue has witnessed a mammoth tourist footfall of around 26 lakh visitors.
Additionally, the area around the Sardar Sarovar Dam river has been given a major facelift in this regard and several tourist attractions have opened. A slew of measures such as river rafting, Sardar Patel’s museum, jetty service to ferry tourists around the river have been developed around the statue, which has pulled massive crowds from India and from across the globe
The statue, which is built on the riverbed of Narmada, is a memorial for Sardar Vallabhai Patel, the Iron Man of India.
Moreover, the statue symbolizes an epitome of unity as Sardar Patel played a key role in building a United India after the independence era. His birth anniversary is being celebrated on October 31 and the same date was chosen to dedicate the memorial statue to the nation. Last year, on October 31, 2018, PM Modi had dedicated the 182-metre tall statue on the auspicious occasion of 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.