Sardar statue plan gets bigger

A meeting of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust chaired by Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday cleared a proposal to connect the Vadodara city to Kevadiya,where the Rs 2,500-crore “Statue of Unity” of Sardar Patel is to be built,with a Metro rail and a six-lane highway.

Written by Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Published:June 8, 2012 2:27 am

A meeting of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET) chaired by Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday cleared a proposal to connect the Vadodara city to Kevadiya,where the Rs 2,500-crore “Statue of Unity” of Sardar Patel is to be built,with a Metro rail and a six-lane highway.

SVPRET is a special purpose vehicle formed to construct the 182-metre high statue of Sardar Patel,which would be the tallest in

the world once it’ built on Narmada river near the

Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) dam site.

Today’s meeting was held on the sidelines of a larger meeting for the Metro rail project.

The SVPRET expects that one lakh tourists will visit the site daily once the statue is built and hence the Metro and Highway projects.

A bridge from Kevadia to the statue,convention centre,memorial garden,amusement park and a hotel are also planned.

In the meeting today,it was decided to hire a world-class consultant for the project management and construction.

Six important studies,including total survey of the project,variation in water levels,wind and water velocity,a seismic survey and a model study have been completed for the statue project.

Metro route alignment cleared

The state government cleared the long-pending decision of fixing of route alignment for the Rs 15,000-crore Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar Metro Rail project at a crucial meeting headed by the Chief Minister Narendra Modi at his residence on Thursday.

“The state government has cleared Airport-Gandhinagar route alignment in the first phase. The more complicated Vasna-Motera route will be taken up later,” sources said.

The Metro rail is proposed to cover a 45-km route in its first phase. The government also has plans to link Dholera with Ahmedabad by Metro rail.

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