Since the 182-metre tall Statue of Unity was opened to the public on November 1, it has seen approximately 1.28 lakh tourists, reported officials on Sunday. The Statue of Unity is sure to attract more tourists in Gujarat and these will include foreign tourist also, said a senior state Tourism official.

The Statue of Unity which is the tallest statue in the world and is even bigger than Statue of Liberty was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31. The statue of Sardar Patel is located in Narmada district of Gujarat on an islet near Sardar Sarovar Dam in Kevadiya.

As per the recent reports, the tallest statue in the world has attracted 1.28 lakh tourists since it was inaugurated by PM Modi and was opened to the public on November 1. While on Saturday, 28,409 people visited the statue which was the record number of visitors since 1st November, informed S J Haider, Principal Secretary (Tourism), Gujarat.

“The statue will help in achieving considerable growth in tourist arrivals to Gujarat. Visitors have been thronging the site since the first day which saw 10,000 people come in,” Haider informed Sunday.

“This year, Gujarat recorded a year-on-year (YoY) growth of 17 per cent in tourist arrivals. In 2017, Gujarat received 5.2 crore tourists of which 10 lakh were foreign nationals. By the end of 2019, we are eyeing a target of 6 crore tourists to the state,” he said.

With a capacity to hold 200 persons at a time, The Statue of Unity has a viewers gallery inside the statue at a height of 135 metres which is amongst the prime attractions at the site. Visitors can either take elevators or lifts in order to reach the viewers’ gallery inside the statue.

By using high-speed lifts installed inside the Statue of Unity, more than 5,000 persons per day can be taken to the viewing gallery.