MeraNews Network, Narmada: A helicopter service providing visitors at the Kevadiya Colony a joyride to the Statue of Unity (SoU) and Sardar Sarovar dam was kicked off on Sunday. Adding charm to the already popular tourist attraction, the chopper ride provided the visitors 10 minutes of a breathtaking aerial view of the SoU, the Narmada Dam and other key attractions at the place.

On Sunday, a group of NRI visitors was a part of the first flight of the chopper service, run by Heritage Aviation, which took them up close to the Statue of Unity, Sardar Sarovar Dam and across the scenic locations of Kevadiya Colony. Work of constructing helipads near the tourist spot has already begun. According to reports, the chopper will carry six passengers with it during every trip, charging Rs 2900 each passenger for a 10-minute trip. Visitors get to see the SoU, flower valley, Sardar Sarovar Dam and the beautiful forests that are spread across miles in the region.

Even as a railway station is slated to come up at Kevadiya, now talks by the state tourism department and state aviation department are on to build an airport at the location too. The Airport Authority of India has already chosen a piece of land nearby which could be converted into an airstrip, which could facilitate visitors who wish to arrive at the spot in an aircraft.

The Statue of Unity is a 182 ft tall statue of India's first home minister and Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Built on a river island Sadhu Bet, the region has been developed as a tourist spot, much on the lines of the Statue of Liberty in New York, USA. Recently, Kevadiya played hosts to the top police officials and security heads of the country who converged here for the Annual National IGP and DGP Conference.