Tourists who visited the gallery circulated videos, expressing their disappointment. Officials initially stated that rainwater would enter the gallery that left open for tourists to enjoy the view of the Narmada dam and the Vindhya mountain range.
The roof of its exhibition hall was leaking, while tourists waded through the puddles at the viewing gallery of the statue, which is at a height of 153 m, on Saturday morning as heavy rainfall continued to lash several parts of Gujarat.
The Statue of Unity was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October 2018. The Rs 2,989 crore project took 42 months, and round-the-clock work by 3,400 labourers and 250 engineers to complete.
Addressing a rally in Amreli, Gujarat, Narendra Modi asked the gathering if they feel proud when the Statue of Unity and Gujarat's name appear on Google when they search for the world's tallest statue.
Using fish as bait to lure them into cages, the Forest Department has started removing the crocodiles, the largest of them so far about 10 feet. There is no deadline as of now for finishing the operation.
"This historic statue also stands as a reminder for all times to come about the struggle Sardar had undergone in unifying India and the need to uphold the unity and integration of our country," Naidu said.
How the BJP and RSS are reacting to the Supreme Court deferring the Ayodhya case, why the RBI and the government are at loggerheads and what it means to have a statue worth almost Rs 3000 crores. All that and more in this week’s Eye for Detail.
The Statue of Unity will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, 2018. Here are some interesting facts about world's tallest statue located at the Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada river in Gujarat.