The railways ran a special “unity” train to ferry about 1,000 people from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to Narmada district in Gujarat, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 182-metre-tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to mark the late leader’s 143rd birth anniversary Wednesday, a senior official told . Patel’s Statue of Unity in Gujarat’s Narmada district is twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty in the US. Iron was collected from all over the country to build the statue.
“The train with over 1,000 passengers left Varanasi 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 .
Several Union ministers participated in the “Run for Unity”, organised across the country Wednesday to mark the occasion. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal led the commemorative “Run for Unity” in the national capital. Read more
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