The Panchmuli lake is situated near the 182-metre tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Kevadia also called the Statue of Unity is a major tourist attraction and had a large number of crocodiles that posed a threat to visitors.
Reportedly, around 194 crocodiles have been relocated from a lake near the 'Statue of Unity' in Gujarat's Narmada district in the last two years for the safety of tourists.
Kevadia Range Forest Officer Vikramsinh Gabhania told PTI that in 2019-20 (October-March), they relocated 143 crocodiles. And, another 51 crocodiles were shifted to two rescue centres in Gandhinagar and Godhra.
He further added that there are still many crocodiles in the lake.
The Panchmuli lake is also known as ‘Dyke-3’ of the Sardar Sarovar Dam which was developed for tourists visiting the Statue of Unity.
Therefore, the authorities decided to relocate crocodiles from the lake to prevent any suffering to tourists.
The Statue of Unity is located near the Narmada river basin and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October, 2018.