MeraNews Network, Gandhinagar: The world’s tallest statue, Statue of Unity in Kevadiya colony, has been dogged with controversies even before it was built. Among the latest issues being faced by the monument are the faulty lifts inside the statue that takes visitors to the viewing gallery. On Tuesday, the lift got shut down for the third time since the monument’s inauguration, which left the visitors standing in queue furious and began to demand their money back for the tickets they purchased.

A similar incident occurred on Sunday too, when visitors coming from far off districts in the state and some from other states, was agitated due to the long delay in allowing them into the lifts that take them to the viewing gallery inside the monument. Visitors who were standing in the queue for the 11 AM slot were allowed to get in until 3 PM. While some disappointed visitors left, a few angry ones barged at the staff and got into a ruckus with the bouncers while demanding their ticket costs to be refunded.

Fearing a violent backlash, the staff escaped and the tempers were calmed only after the cops arrived at the scene. A second lift had meanwhile become functional and some lucky visitors did finally get a chance to see visit the viewing gallery inside the statue.

Narmada district police’s Quick Response Team (QRT) PSI KK Pathak confirmed that a minor ruckus did take place on Sunday afternoon between angry visitors and a few security officials and cops as the staff manning the counter at the monument ran away seeing the seething visitors. He said that strict action will be taken against the staff members and a helpline for visitors’ complaints will be launched.

Last month, the administration was left red-faced when the lift carrying Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi, Gujarat home minister Pradipsinh Jadeja and other officials got stuck due to overloading. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who visited the monument a few days ago was vexed at the incomplete work and ordered the administration to complete the pending works by December 15.

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