'Statue of Unity' which is located at Kevadia in Gujarat and with a height of 182m its consider as the world's largest statue by the BJP government in October 2018. The statue is of the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, an Indian independence activist.
As per the report, every week more than 5000 tourists from across the world come and visit the statue, which includes elderly and differently-abled people. Hence, the government of Gujarat is planning to make the statue and premises accessible for differently-abled people and the elderly. Many disability rights activists across India have welcomed this step.
There is no doubt that the ‘Statue of Unity’ has given India a bigger name in the world of tourism. Ram V Sutar who is the architect of this statue has made it most finely. Statue of Unity’ which represents the first Home Minister of India post-independence Patel, got a lovely response. But at the same time, many people started criticizing the Modi government that after knowing that half of the country people still live in poverty they had spent more than 2 cores behind the 'Statue of Unity'.
Recently, the ' Statue of Unity' was claimed as the ‘8 wonders of SCO’ by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Soon the 'Statue of Patel is going to be visited by the American President Donald Trump. The statue is very special for its different reason on the international platform. Since the Modi government had to take a step forward and make the statue and premises accessible for people with disabilities.
Yet there are no facilities introduced for the differently-abled people and elderly by the government. The Secretary of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Shakuntala D Gamlin made a statement to The Pioneer, “Statue of Unity meets up almost all accessibility requirements. Features such as conveyor belt, lifts with Braille button, spacious corridors, directional signages, wheel-chair facilities and accessible drinking water and toilets in the Statue of Unity are novel features that need to be replicated universally”.
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