Gujarat welcomes states to build guesthouses and canteens in Narmada

Sardar Vallabhai Pattel’s statue (Photo Courtesy: Indian Express)

Just a couple of weeks left for the inauguration of the 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Narmada in Gujarat. And, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani has invited all states to Narmada, not just to be a part of the inauguration ceremony, but to construct guesthouses and canteens of the respective states at a place marked near the statue.

With an aim to boost tourism, the state government has allocated a stretch of land just 4 kms away from the statue for other states to construct guesthouses and canteens on the lines of different state bhavans in New Delhi. A proposal letter regarding the same has been sent out to all the Chief Ministers last week itself. Uttar Pradesh and Nagaland have already accepted the proposal and confirmed intention to construct guesthouses in Kevadia Colony.

A tent city has been set up in Kevadia, about 90 km southwest of Vadodara, which will be a permanent feature for tourists. Sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the tent city on October 31, Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary.

Besides guesthouses, states will also have space to display handicraft from their regions and the idea is to not have any boundary walls between the premises of different state bhavans, reported The New Indian Express.