On Tuesday, Indian Railways ran a special “unity” train to ferry about 1,000 people from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to Narmada district in Gujarat. The train service was offered by the national transporter regarding the inaugural ceremony of the 182-metre-tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The inauguration was made on Wednesday, Oct 31st to mark the 143rd birth anniversary of the former leader.

As per the reports by our news sources, the 182-metre-tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat is twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty in the US. Iron was collected from all over the country to build the statue, sources added.

“The train with over 1,000 passengers left Varanasi on Tuesday and reached Gujarat just in time for the people to see the prime minister unveil the statue. This was a special train to mark the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Patel,” Northern Railway Spokesperson Deepak Kumar told our news sources.

On the other hand, “Run for Unity” was also organised on Wednesday across the country, in which several Union ministers participated to mark the occasion. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal led the commemorative “Run for Unity” in the national capital. Goyal conveyed that the tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by building a statue of the veteran leader is the best way to recognise his contributions to our national unity.

“There were more than 550 princely states in this nation that were united by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, making the India we know today. Imagine if this had not happened, we would have to take permission from every state to run trains across their jurisdiction,” Goyal said.

On the especial occasion, the Indian Railways on Wednesday also ran a special train from Gujarat to Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu as a show of unity in the country. These special services by national transporter symbolized the journey of the Indian Railways from one part of the country to another, said Northern Railway Spokesperson Deepak Kumar.