In the last two years, as many as 194 crocodiles have been relocated from a lake near the ‘Statue of Unity’ in Gujarat’s Narmada district. The crocodiles in the lake were reportedly removed for the safety of tourists who come to enjoy boat rides there, according to Gujarat government. The 182-metre, Statue of Unity, located near the Narmada river basin, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, 2018.
The Panchmuli lake, situated near the 182-metre tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Kevadia, a major tourist attraction, had a large number of crocodiles that posed a threat to visitors.
The Panchmuli lake, also known as ‘Dyke-3’ of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, was developed for tourists visiting the Statue of Unity. Hence, the authorities decided to relocate crocodiles from the water body to prevent any harm to tourists.