Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel Monday issued Rs 2,989-crore work order to Larsen & Toubro (L&T) to construct the world’s tallest statue, the Statue of Unity, near Narmada Dam in central Gujarat. While giving the work order, Patel said the project would help bring in investment of Rs 6,000 crore in the tribal-dominated region for its extensive development.
The Statue of Unity project is the dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It envisages the construction of 182-metre tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Sadhu Island, 3.3 km away from the Narmada Dam, in Narmada district.
Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) has been working on the project’s implementation. It had floated a global tender to construct and maintain the statue. The tender has eventually been granted to L&T which will build the same at the cost of Rs 2,989 crore. The project is expected to be completed by 2018.
Awarding the work order for the tender to L&T, the CM said this would be the first step towards paying a befitting tribute to Sardar Patel who unified the country. Patel said the statue will help bring in investment worth Rs 6,000 crore in the tribal region which will help extensive development of the same and bring the tribals into the mainstream.