The state government has decided to develop tourism by acquiring land in the villages located around the statue of Sardar Patel, the world’s tallest in Kevadia Colony of Narmada district. At the same time, it has also prepared to give land for farming and housing to the displaced farmers and others. The government has given a statement to this effect in the HC. The next hearing of the case will be on 27 December.
According to the information received, the petitioners had accused the government of evicting the people of Nawagam, Gora, Limdi, Kothi and Wangadia villages of Kevadia Taluka of Narmada district in view the development of tourism on cultivated land. And had approached the High Court accusing the Gujarat government of violating the Land Editing Act.
Significantly, the 182-meter statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel located near Nada Bet island in Kevadia Colony is the world’s tallest statue. In the last one year, lakhs of tourists have come here to see the statue of Sardar Patel. The government has also built Safari Park and Flower Park around the statue. The government has taken several steps to develop this place as a tourist place.
The petition demanded that the land editing proceedings should be stopped. During the hearing in the HC, the state government has told the preparations on providing other facilities including farming land to the affected. The next hearing of this case will be held on 27 December.