Tiger Safari to be another tourist attraction near Statue of Unity site


Statue of Unity – the tallest statue of the world featuring Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and related museum at same location will not be the only attraction for tourists in central Gujarat in upcoming years. The Gujarat government has cleared a proposal for setting up a 50 hectares ‘tiger safari’ near Narmada dam between Garudeshwar and Tilakwada with 8 zoo-bred tigers including 4 cubs. The proposal has been sent for approval to the Central Zoo Authority of India. Initial allocation of Rs 4 crore has been made for this project which will once materialized provide opportunity to visitors to sit in enclosed bus and watch tigers in natural condition. Tigers were reported extinct in Gujarat in 1998. It should be mentioned here that the Gujarat government intends to make Kevadia colony area as hub for tourism centered around world’s tallest statue under construction here. Broad gauge rail connectivity from Vadodara and four lane road connecting national highway 08 is also proposed.