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PRIME MINISTER MODI FLAGS OFF 8 TRAINS TO BOOST CONNECTIVITY TO STATUE OF UNITY

PRIME MINISTER MODI FLAGS OFF 8 TRAINS TO BOOST CONNECTIVITY TO STATUE OF UNITY

Context

The Prime Minister of India  flagged off 8 trains connecting different parts of the country to Kevadiya in order to facilitate smooth and easier connectivity to the Statue of Unity in Gujarat.

Details

  • The 8 trains will connect different parts of the country to Kevadiya in order to facilitate smooth and easier connectivity to the Statue of Unity in Gujarat.
  • Kevadiya Station in Gujarat is also the first railway station of India with a Green Build Certification.
  • Trains flagged off :
    • Kevadiya-Varanasi Mahamana Express (weekly)
    • Dadar-Kevadiya Express (daily)
    • Ahemdabad-Kevadiya Janshatabdi Express (daily)
    • Nizamudin-Kevadiya Sampark Kranti Express (bi-weekly)
    • Kevadia-Rewa Express (weekly)
    • Chennai-Kevadiya Express (weekly)
    • Pratapnagar-Kevadiya MEMU train (daily)
    • Kevadiya-Pratapnagar MEMU train (daily)
  • Railway lines inaugurated:
    • Dabhoi-Chandod broad gauge railway line
    • Chandod-Kevadiya new broad gauge railway line
    • Newly electrified Pratapnagar-Kevadia section
    • New station buildings of Chandod, Dabhoi, and Kevadiya

Statue of Unity

  • It is a colossal statue of Indian statesman and independence activist Vallabhbhai Patel (1875–1950), who was the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of independent India and adherent of Mahatma Gandhi during the non-violent Indian Independence movement.
  •  It is the world's tallest statue with a height of 182 metres (597 feet). It is located on the Narmada River in the Kevadiya colony, facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam 100 kilometres (62 mi) southeast of the city of Vadodara and 150 kilometres (93 mi) from Surat.
  • It was designed by Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 31 October 2018, the 143rd anniversary of Sardar Patel's birth.

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